Amafa presents nine awards at heritage event

2012-09-24 00:00

FOR the last 11 years during Heritage Month in September, the provincial heritage body Amafa has presented its annual awards. According to Luthando Maphasa, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, the guest speaker at Friday’s awards ceremony, these awards honour some of the “unsung heroes and heroines who shape our heritage”.

Nine individuals or organisations were honoured at this year’s ceremony:

• Debbie Whelan for her work preserving the heritage of Georgetown, Edendale, and the Montrose house project in Mpophomeni;

• The Shakaskraal Heritage Group for their discovery and subsequent restoration and ongoing maintenance of the burial site of many indentured Indians who worked at the Shakaskraal sugar mill;

• Gcina Mhlope for her contributions to literature and for helping to preserve the heritage of African storytelling;

• Eckhard von Fintel for his research and publications on the history and genealogy of the German community of KwaZulu-Natal;

• The African Conservation Trust for a variety of heritage projects, especially the Rock Art Mapping Project, which has digitally documented and mapped over 500 sites at the uKha-hlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site;

• The Mthethwa Tribal Authority, led by Bhekisisa Mthethwa, which has researched the history of the Mthethwa clan and erected a monument to iNkosi Dingiswayo Godongwane Mthethwa, the son of iNkosi Jobe, KaKhayi kaMadango kaXaba;

• The Verulam Historical Society, formed in 2000 to preserve the history of Verulam, which has since created the Verulam Documentation Centre;

• Archaeologist Tim Maggs for his contribution to the study and research of KZN’s archaeology; and

• Artist Hlengiwe Dube, who specialises in beadwork and telephone wire baskets and who, via Ifundiso Trading, trains and mentors crafters, enabling them to make a living from their handiwork.

Awards were also given to outgoing Amafa council members and members of some of Amafa’s committees.

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