As the national Heritage Month celebrations come to an end on 30 September 2021, Cogta will officially launch the Benjamin John Peter Tyamzashe (B-Ka-T) Legacy project as part of  the Heritage Month. This launch event is done under the theme, The Year of Charotte Maxeke, Celebrating South Africa’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The launch event is in line with the Policy Speech pronouncement made by Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha to honour B-Ka-T through a memorial lecture and a visit to his eternal resting place at Ezinyoka village outside Bhisho.

MEC Nqatha said B-Ka-T was a luminary scholar and music composer in South Africa throughout the world. For that reason, through the collaboration with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), the Tyamzashe family and other relevant stakeholders the department decided to immortalize and celebrate his life and times.

“Our department is housed in the Tyamzashe Building which is named after this gentle giant of the 18th and 19th century. It is therefore suitable that as the democratic government we pay tribute to B-Ka-T. Let us embrace his memory and espouse his values of excellence in pursuit of our departmental mandate to support local government and traditional leadership institutions,” said MEC Nqatha.

MEC Nqatha added that, Bhisho which is the capital seat of the Eastern Cape government is named after a musical composition by B-Ka-T, called iBhisho likhaya lam.

He added that the legacy project is intended to become a flagship programme of Cogta to support municipalities and traditional leadership institutions to create better communities. The launch event will be preceded by the wreath laying at Tyamzashe’s grave in Ezinyoka followed by a Memorial Lecture at the Skenjana Roji Hall in Bhisho. Other details are as follows;

Date: 30 September 2021


Venue: Skenjana Roji Hall, Bhisho