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South Africa’s Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, based at Southbank Centre, has been dubbed “a home away from home” by its organisers.
The Ekhaya programme will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall and will be open from 10am on the 27 July to 12 August. It will feature daily cultural exhibitions, dance performances and celebratory events for Team SA. The house will also stage three large music and comedy concerts, a meet-and-greet with South African athletes, a mini film festival and a fashion show.
Ekhaya (the Zulu word for “Home”) is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the South African Department of Sport and Recreation.
“The centre has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather,” said Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations. “It’s a place where the spirit of South Africa really comes alive.”
Facilities at the centre include meeting rooms, a business and media centre, full coverage of all events and a South Africa bar with drinks and snacks.
“Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” Ngendane said.
Events at the Centre are free. Performances take place daily at 12 noon, 2:30pm and 4:30pm.