The Free State Department of Spot, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR), through its Sesotho Literature Museum (SLM), on Thursday last week hosted a consultative workshop under the auspice of “SLM in Dialogue” at Ventersburg Intermediate School.
The theme of the day was “Tsosoloso ya lerato la puo ya Sesotho le dingolwa”, aimed at resuscitating the love for Sesotho language and literature.
It was also the ninth edition of the project and further served as a platform to follow up on developments made and resolutions taken in the previous eight dialogues.
SLM also used the event to honour legendary Khotso Nkhatho for his contributions and support in previous dialogues.
Nkhatho was also recognised for the pivotal role he played as a writer, presenter, actor, director, screenwriter, translator and producer of radio and television Sesotho dramas.
In its gesture of goodwill, SLM produced a huge portrait of Nkhatho to honour him for his undying support for the development and preservation of Sesotho language and literature.
About 120 people comprising leaners and educators from Matseripe Secondary School and Ventersburg Intermediate School attended the event.
“Ntate Khotso Nkhatho is a cultural icon of our time and as the Department we are privileged to be associated with him through various programmes that we implement. He is a giant on whose shoulders we stand as we seek to foster social cohesion and patriotism. He has addressed many of our events and facilitated a number of writing we have previously hosted,” said DSACR head Stanley Malope.
He added: “In 2017 he was invited as guest to facilitate a workshop at the Homebrew Word Fest, which is hosted annually by DSACR as a flagship programme on the sidelines of the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE)”.
Malope also encouraged the youth to study Nkhatho’s work and emulate him.