Sorted: Your Reconciliation Day celebrations

2017-12-10 00:00 - Phumlani S Langa
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Saturday is Reconciliation Day, which commemorates the Battle of Blood River in 1838 and the formation of Umkhonto weSizwe in 1961. Phumlani S Langa hooks you up with the best events of the week.


A Handful of Keys

Back by popular demand, this show has been performed 1 450 times over the past 23 years, so about 420 000 people have watched this legendary musical. You should also see it!

Where: The Teatro at Montecasino 

When: Runs until 07 January

Cost: R100 to R200 at 

The Kaya FM Soul Inspired Concert

Best believe Kaya FM doesn’t mess around when it comes to serving up some quality artists and soulful music. Catch Khaya Mthethwa, Ntokozo Mbambo, Brenda Mlambo 
and Jabu Hlongwane.

When: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden 

Where: 16 December 

Cost: R20 to R50 at 


This play is set in the Free State, a place where culture and traditional practices still play a large role in community life. Tau lives in a conflict of modern and traditional norms deeply rooted in African history and mythology.

Where: Pop Art Centre, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng 

15 to 17 December

R100 to R120 at 


Isambulo The Musical

A gospel musical that dramatises a typical Sunday township church service. The cast boasts notable names such as Simphiwe Mini and Nhlakanipho Cele, as well as a five-piece band and 12 choristers.

Nubian Music Festival

T-Musicman presents a festival that should leave all in attendance blessed by some uplifting grooves. Expect artists such as Caiphus Semenya, Brenda Mtambo, Ringo and Tsepo Tshola.

Where: Eagle Waters Resort

When: 16 December 

Cost: R50 to R1 750 at

First Annual Jazz @ The Rondavels

Come and enjoy a day of premium jazz at Mamelodi’s historic heritage site. Although these beautiful rondavels are in disrepair, they will come alive this Reconciliation Day and host the likes of Nkgo, Freeflow, Wadee and El Chen. Bring your own chairs, and kick back and relax. Food, drinks and CDs will be on sale on the day, and – best of all – entrance is free!

Where: Mamelodi Rondavels (next to Moretele Park)

When: 16 December 

Cost: Free entrance


#SpiritGoesPlatinum Kwesta & Wale Live

Kwesta’s single Spirit has received tons of praise, and now you will finally be able to see it live, with US rapper Wale himself on it, as was intended. This should be lit, so bring your homies and celebrate it selling over 20 000 copies and going platinum.

Where: Zone 6, Diepkloof

When: 10 December 

Cost: R150 to R250 at

Soweto Ink Festival

The Soweto Ink Festival is a convention celebrating skin art aimed at growing the tattoo culture. Expect exhibitions, food stalls and pop-up stores.

Where: Walter Sisulu Square

When: 16 December 

Cost: R50 to R100 at

Soweto Kota Day

Join this family event created to celebrate kasi food in the summer. Expect more than 30 kota stalls catering to various incarnations of this popular township street food. There will be Christmas treats, beer and cider gardens, kids’ entertainment, top DJs and, of course, kotas from outlets in areas including Zola, Dobsonville, Zondi, Naledi and Jabulani.

Where: Mofolo Nursery

When: 16 December 

Cost: Entrance R70


The Urban Gin Garden presented by Tanqueray

The Bond Shed will be transformed into an urban gin oasis pop-up bar. Your ticket gets you a free welcome drink, which you cab sip while enjoying live music and garden games. There’s a fully-stocked bar with craft beer on tap and designer cocktails.

Where: The Bond Shed, Point Waterfront

When: 16 December 

Cost: R250 at

Supa Dupa Christmas Puppet Pantomime

Pantomime season is back and the kids are sure to have a ball. Treat them to this jovial production.

Where: Rhumbelow Theatre, Umbilo

When: Runs until 15 December 

Cost: R60 at


Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Fashion Show

Hosted by Anele Mdoda, this event will showcase the creations by the likes of Taibo Bacar from Mozambique, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Thula Sindi and David Tlale alongside developing designers from the Buyel’ekhaya programme.

When: The Orient Theatre, Quigney Beach

Where: 15 December 

Cost: R150 at


Riaad Moosa: Life Begins 

Does life really begin at 40? Riaad Moosa tries to figure this out in his hilarious one-man show. Catch a snapshot of his life as a 40-year-old, a father of three kids, a husband, a comedian and an actor. He’ll also throw in a bunch of current cultural and political issues.

Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre

When: 16 December

Cost: R150 to R250 at

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