Celebrating South African National Orders

Kopano Theatre Club, an initiative that was started up as a means to revive a sense of moral regeneration amongst South Africans, is running an exciting educational dance project in the North-West province celebrating the South African National Orders.

The South African National Orders, which were instated by Thabo Mbeki through the Presidency of South Africa to celebrate significant figures in our country’s heritage, include The Order of the Baobab awarded to citizens with distinguished service in the fields of business and economics, The Order of Luthuli awarded for contributions in the struggle for democracy, The Order of Mendi for bravery, and The Order of the Companion of OR Tambo that is awarded to heads of state and other dignitaries for promoting peace. The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South Africans for excellence and exceptional achievements, as well as The Order of Ikamanga for excellent achievements in the field of Arts, Culture, Literature, Music, Journalism and Sport.

‘The production is a pilgrimage towards the reawakening of our patriotic spirit and promoting cultural intelligentsia discourse in South Africa. The production also celebrates the wisdom of an African intellectual, Thabo Mbeki, the founding father of the South African National Orders,’ choreographer Boitumelo Mokwene says.

Kopano Theatre Club was established on 8 April 2002 by Mokwene in Mamusa in the Ipeleng Township near Schweizer-Reneke. The team is made up out of 15 dancers, four musicians, and two narrators who are all committed and passionate about the initiative. Kopano Theatre Club also uses the medium of poetry through dance in telling the story of the Orders.

The opening performance for the public will be held in Potchefstroom in the Sanlam Auditorium on the NWU-Pukke Campus on 28 April 2015. There will also be performances and workshops in Taung, Schweizer-Reneke, Vryburg, Mahikeng, and Rustenburg up to the end of July 2015.

Tickets go for a generous R25 and can be booked prior to the events or at the doors. For more information on this project visit their site at kopanoclub.com or like their Facebook Page ‘Kopano Theatre Club’. School groups are especially welcomed to these performances and to the workshops that will be based on principles of sharing dance discipline, dialogue about funding for dance, and provincial dance forms and network opportunities in the dance sector.

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