Can you believe it’s just over a month until the 7th annual eMzantsi Carnival on Saturday 3rd December?! This year, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, all eMzantsi community-building programmes have been going green in a big way. The theme of the 2011 Carnival, eMzantsi Goes BOS!, celebrates south peninsula youth having lots of fun together while empowering themselves about environmental issues.

There will be no carbon-emitting floats in the parade, but five giant puppets representing one of five green focuses. Pre-primary participants will protect the wild plants and animals of biodiversity champion BOS-BABY. The mermaid Princess MAMLAMBO will be accompanied by children from eMzantsi’s primary schools twinning programme who have been learning how important it is to conserve water.

Our high school participants will be sun warriors following SOLAR, the fabulous champion challenging us to finish with fossil fuels and find new energies. Our intercultural dance project participants will support FATHER TIME, a fantastical being at the cutting edge of climate change, torn between technology and nature. And finally mothers from all over the peninsula will escort STOF MAMA, the recycled queen of our mapiko art-from-waste project, who will be demonstrating how Mother Earth has had quite enough of being dumped on.

If your arts, church or youth group would also like to parade in the eMzantsi Carnival, register by calling the eMzantsi office 021 785 1515. Skateboarders, rollerskaters, cyclists, and other non-fossil-fuelled wheels are especially welcome. If you are a proud mother, particularly of adopted children, you are warmly invited to accompany STOF MAMA and show your pride in your family as well as your concern for our human family.

Call 021 785 1515 to register and have a chance to attend a free workshop to eco-pimp your pushchair! See www.emzantsi.org.za for more info. Facebook doesn’t speak isiXhosa, so please ‘like’ the EMzantsi Carnival page if you’d like to see more pics of our preparations!