Celebrations attract thousands

2010-11-17 00:00

YESTERDAY marked the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indians in South African and celebrations are being held throughout the country.

On the South Coast, a celebration to mark the anniversary was held at the Marburg Sports Grounds on Friday and continued in the form of a parade through the streets of Port Shepstone on Saturday.

The celebration in Marburg attracted about 3 000 people, and they were treated to the very best of Indian cuisine.

“We had 14 different delicious types of Indian cuisine on offer,” said Bobby Naidoo, the weekend celebrations organiser and a member of the 1860 Committee.

Those in attendance were treated to live entertainment, song and dance and a Sari Queen contest. Even more support was shown on Saturday, when around 5 000 people joined the parade through the streets.

The procession started at the Dick King car park and ended at the Civic Centre.

When the 15 floats arrived at the Civic Centre the audience were greeted by Hibiscus Coast Municipality Mayor Nolwazi Shusha and treated to a biryani lunch.

Shusha said she is proud to be the mayor of a town where the Indian community has played a meaningful role and contributed a lot to the economy of the town.

Reminding the crowd of what Indians went through upon their arrival to South Africa, Shusha recalled how they had faced apartheid legislation alongside black and coloured people.

Naidoo said the weekend was a success and thanked those who were a part of it.

“A lot of hard work went into this event and it turned out to be the best Diwali float procession we have had yet,” he said.

“It was very exciting and everybody who was involved had a fantastic time.”

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