This year’s Kensington Spring Fair attracted thousands of people from across Gauteng
The fair took place on Sunday, September 7, at Rhodes Park.
Mrs Lornette Joseph, an organiser of the fair and the chairperson of the I Love Kensington Association (Ilka), said that the event has grown tremendously since its inception more that 30 years ago.
“During those years, there were about five stores, but we have been growing since then. This year we had 222 sites, of which 38 were for food stores,” she said.
Mrs Joseph said the Spring Fair was coined by the community of Kensington in a bid to help the less fortunate in the area.
“During those years, entertainment was the leading draw card but now stores are taking the lead. We had a variety of businesses on show this year. We had food stores, antiques, people selling washing machines, tumble dryers, clothing and many more,” she said.
She added that a variety of food, from across the world, was on offer this year.
“We also had special kinds of food from South Africa. We had boerewors, African food, Halaal food and many more. There was something for everyone,” she said.
Mrs Joseph said the Spring Fair attracted visitors and business people from as far as the Vaal and Pretoria.
The presence of the Gauteng SAPS was one of her highlights of the day.
“Police officers were giving children board games and interacting with them. This was part of strengthening the relationship between the police and the community. When I was young, we had a lot of police visits in our schools and those visits build a mutual respect between the two,” she said.
The entertainment list included the Jeppe Pipe Band, Kensington Fighting Fit, the Mandeville Dog Training Club, Tino Santana, Paula Lopes Dancers, Norma Cromarty, Zahir Pillay, DJ Ali and Friendly Drummers.
She said that part of the money that was raised on the day will be distributed to the non-profit organizations (NPO) in and around the area.
“First preference will be given to the local organisations. If we still have something more to give, we will then consider NPOs from our neighbouring suburbs,” she said.
Mrs Joseph said that the non-profit organisations have until the end of September to send request for financial support from Ilka.
“Only registered NPOs can send requests because we will check them. We do not want someone who should not benefit getting money, while somebody deserving does not,” said Mrs. Joseph.
Requests can be sent to [email protected] before September 30.