DSAC supports the Reggae and Rastafari Community towards the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and Femicide in Soweto

19 November 2020

For the first time after 26 years of democracy in South Africa, the Reggae Creative and Rastafari Community in South Africa, Ethiopia and Jamaica will join millions of other South Africans to observe the 16 days of activism against all forms of violence meted towards women, men, and children.

This commemorative occasion will take on Saturday, 21 November 2020 at Lebo’s Soweto backpackers, Orlando West, Soweto, Gauteng.

Supported by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), the event will take place in the form of Music Business Masterclass and Reggae Music the under the theme of Economic Justice for a Non-Violent and Non-Sexist South Africa”, and Sub theme Mzansi Reggae against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide and Promoting Social Cohesive Nation”.

The Mzansi Reggae Music Business Masterclass and Concert will attempt to raise its voices and intervention on the 21st of November 2020.  During the commemoration, the youths and all stakeholders will be engaged through social media using the reggae music messages and the workshop composition in an attempt to tackle the scourge of Gender-Based Violence against children, women and men in South Africa.

All roads lead to Lebo’s Soweto backpackers, in Orlando West, Soweto for an informative Mzansi Reggae Music Business Masterclass with legends and experienced music practitioners from Mme Letta Mbulu-Semenya, Dr Sello Galane, Brother Vusi Leeuw, Sister Tumi Mogapi, Mo-Afrika Basil Dube and Dr Sipho Sithole.

The line-up of the day includes: the SAMA 2020 nominees & winner for the Best Reggae Album award (Bongo Riot aka Mpikeleli Zungu), woman in reggae, selectors and many reggae bands from Kwazulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng.

Reggae music has a central place in South Africa cultural tapestry, and the rest of the world - regarding healing the past wounds of violence, racism, sexism and apartheid.

The campaign represents the high point of the 365 days campaign and a period of intensified activity to demonstrated national action against GBVF.  This includes the sustained mass media and Behavior Change Campaign, which are part of the NSP on GBVF.


  • A Mzansi Reggae Music Business Masterclass on the business of music industry and its response to the scourge of COVID19 and GBVF taking place on Saturday, 21 November 2020 at Lebo-Soweto Backpackers from 10am to 12pm;
  • The programme also includes message of support from the office of the minister, social cohesion unit and exhibition of hand-made crafts of reggae art form;
  • Live South African reggae bands and musicians, social cohesion messages against gender-based violence and femicide at Lebo Soweto Backpackers on the 21 November 2020 from 12pm – 10pm.  


Member of the media are invited to attend and cover this national awareness campaign.

For Media enquiries: Ms. Zimasa Velaphi, Head of Communications and Marketing, Cell: 072 172 8925 / Email, zimasav@dsac.gov.za

For further enquiries: please contact: Adv. Ras Sipho Mantula or Ms Fikile Makhalemele - Lioness Productions SA (C) +27 79 565 7799 or +27 74 524 3732 


Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture