Photo: By Motsepe Nkoliswa
The economy of JB Marks Local Municipality received a major boost when it hosted the two-day 2018 National Agricultural Choral Competition (NACCC) over the weekend with local hotels and guests accommodating hundreds of people from different provinces.
Formerly known as the Constitution of Colleges Choral Music Association (COCMA), this annual music festival started in 2013 with Lowveld College of Agriculture currently known as University of Mpumalanga hosting the event.
Addressing the delegates on behalf of the Executive Mayor of JB Marks Local Municipality, Kgotso Khumalo during the opening ceremony on Friday, MMC Kalvin Johnson said it is competitions such as this one that continue to boost local economy and market our local tourism.
“We are excited because this gives us an opportunity to continue showcasing and utilizing our tourism products in the municipality. Our guest houses are busy and we encourage our visitors to feel free to travel around during their breaks and learn more about our beautiful city and the municipality,” said Johnson.
Colleges which participated in this year’s competition are Tsolo College, Fort Cox College & Grootfontein College from Eastern Cape, Taung College of Agriculture, Potchefstroom Agricultural College from North West and colleges from other provinces.
The Director of Structural Agricultural and Educational Training, Dr Karabo Mabe explained that the competition is meant to recognize and showcase the best musical talent in the agricultural institutions of higher learning.
“We are more than pleased about driving this competition which rotates to different provinces and grow tourism sector. This competition also displays various arts and cultural talents through singing and clothing, while at the same time empowering local economies because our choirs used local catering companies and guest houses among other things,” she said.
Hosting college Principal, Oneile Sebitlwane welcomed guests in their college saying it is a privilege and honour to host an event of this magnitude.
“It is always pleasing to host others because we do not only exchange views about choral music but we also engage on how best we can assist each other in bettering our institutions. It also allow our students as they move around to broaden their knowledge by not only have views about their localities but also of other provinces in the country,” she said.