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Castle Milk Stout together with the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA) and the National House of the Traditional and Khoisan leaders savored the moment in celebration of the highly anticipated Ancestors’ Day at The Pavilion, Cradle Boutique Hotel situated in the heart of The Cradle Of Human Kind.  This marked the second Ancestors’ Day commemoration since its inception in May 2021.

“May is Africa Month and we wanted to make sure that people use the first weekend of this month to remember those that came before us, who taught us our ways as Africans.

Basically, we wanted to open Africa Month by commemorating and remembering who we truly are,” says Khensani Mkhombo, the Brand Manager for Castle Milk Stout.

Mkhombo adds that Castle Milk Stout together with CONTRALESA, the National House of Traditional Khoisan Leaders amongst other stakeholders has embarked on a campaign to lobby the government to officially declare 8 May as Ancestors Day on the national calendar.

Actor and seasoned broadcaster, Nimrod Nkosi facilitated the celebration event, which was well-attended by guests from various traditional and spiritual spheres and included talks by Bishop Joshua Maponga III, who focused on the Pan-African Journey of Spirituality.

Maponga’s educational talk was followed by an inspirational talk by broadcaster, Hulisani Ravele who detailed her own spiritual journey and the role that the Castle Milk Stout brand has played in her growth towards spiritual enlightenment; titled “Nḓila: A personal journey of discovery”.

Ravele shared with the audience her journey of tracing her ancestry and how it helped her understand who she really is.

“I realised that I didn’t know much about who I am and decided to go back home to ask questions,” she explained. Ravele added that it is important for especially young people to learn about not just their clan names, but about their ancestors.

Like Castle Milk Stout, modern Africans should savour their rich heritage.

CONTRALESA’s Secretary-generals HRH Zolani Mkiva followed with an address on the Congress’ partnership with Castle Milk Stout and the significance of observing Ancestors’ Day as Africans.


Mkiva expressed his gratitude towards Castle Milk Stout, and further commended the brand’s passion and commitment towards the initiative, as he highlighted the need for a permanent day of observing Ancestors Day, every year.

Sangoma, Big Brother Season 3 winner and certified African Doctor, Mpho Wa Badimo shared her personal experience during a talk titled “Understanding Spirituality in a modern era: From a youth perspective”.

The final speaker of the day, Spiritual teacher, African storyteller, sangoma and gobela; Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi moved the crowd with a performance and educational message titled

“The essence of African Spirituality in Modern times.”  Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi, who is the founder of Ndlanzi Institute of Spiritual healing, says that social media has become our teacher and impepho trends on social media, yet people fail to understand the power of medicine that is beyond its usage.

The day’s proceedings concluded with the various stakeholders in attendance signing a letter directed to Minister Nathi Mthethwa as the Director of Arts & Youth Development, Moleleki Ledimo was in attendance, on behalf of The Department of Arts and Culture.


As music and dance form a huge part of African Spirituality, the talks were further amplified by performances by musicians Phila Dlozi, Msaki, dance group Umzekelo and Poet, Nue Sam. The day culminated with a music set, under the sun by Shimza.


Honouring where we come from; building our future success on that foundation.

The message echoed by speakers at this year’s Ancestors’ Day celebration was that it is important for people to understand that ancestors are not only for traditional healers and doctors, but they are people that gave birth to us, people who came before us, and therefore, they should be celebrated. The speakers highlighted that ‘Ancestors are not demons or demonic spirits, but they are the wombs that carried us and brought us to life.’

AmaKhosi Abuyile! (The ancestors are back) is also a message communicated by most speakers as they explained why many Africans are becoming Sangomas.

As the brand wraps up this year’s Ancestors’ Day, the efforts to get Ancestor’s Day officially recognized on the national calendar, all Africans are encouraged to add their voice by signing the petition on the Castle Milk Stout website www.castlemilkstout.co.za, And also sharing what their Ancestors mean to them for a chance to win R5000.

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