Amakhosi hailed at Heritage awards

2008-09-21 00:00

The amakhosi of the Zondi clan in the midlands were among those honoured for their contributions to the province’s heritage during an awards ceremony held in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

The amakhosi received an award from Amafa Heritage at an awards ceremony held at the Ascot Inn conference centre, in recognition of the role they played in preserving the legacy of Inkosi Bhambatha Zondi, the leader of the tax poll rebellion.

The clan was instrumental in ensuring that the contribution of Inkosi Bhambatha towards freedom from colonial oppression in the early 20th century is kept alive.

The Pietermaritzburg Heritage Society was also honoured for promoting the heritage of the city since the 1980s. Amafa deputy director Lindiwe Msomi said the society uses talks and outings to promote the capital city.

“This includes iconic colonial buildings, military buildings, historic churches, mosques and temples and many monuments and museums reflecting the colourful tapestry of all its citizens, past and present.”

Msomi said the awards were received by people and organisations that took initiatives aimed at preserving the heritage of the people of the province.

Other recipients include:

• The Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club, which is housed in the original refrigeration room on the Baynesfield Estate near Richmond and has a large collection of vintage, restored tractors on display. The club has done restoration work on the Joseph Baynes homestead, now a centre for woodwork crafters.

• Denise Doring, the former curator of the Kokstad and Howick museums and Macrorie House, was honoured for her contributions.

• Elizabeth Spiret of Ladysmith’s Siege Museum Trust was honoured for her expertise on the town’s internationally-known history.

• The late Inyosi Yesilo, N.J. Dlamini, was praise singer to King Goodwill Zwelithini. Dlamini’s talent came to the notice of the king when he praised the king’s late father, King Cyprian, at his funeral in 1968.

• The Lions River Heritage Society, sister organisation to the Pietermaritzburg Heritage Society, has been involved in similar activities in the Hilton and Howick areas since 1978.

• Hitler Mbambo, a retired court interpreter, is a renowned expert on the history and people of Edendale.

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