Tarentaal treasures all things traditional

Koeksisters and Ndebele beads

A cultural exchange characterised Rand Aid retirement village Tarentaal’s Heritage Day celebration on September 25.

Members of the housekeeping staff dressed in beautiful cultural clothing and entertained residents with traditional songs and dances.

“Although it was organised at short notice, around 130 residents attended, showing just how keen our residents are to once again have the opportunity to socialise and attend village activities,” says village deputy manager Laetitia Goosen.

“Staff members also did the Jerusalema dance, which the residents enjoyed very much. We served koeksisters, a traditional Dutch/Afrikaans sweet treat, and cold drinks, which were sponsored by the Tarentaal residents committee,” says Laetitia.


Sister Jana Bezuidenhout, Tarentaal’s village sister, colourfully dressed for Heritage Day. Sr Jana helped the staff members practice to do the Jerusalema dance on the day.

Lidia Beukman, the daughter of Tarentaal social worker Ulricka Beukman, volunteered her time to help serve the koeksisters.


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