Event celebrates All in Africa Conference

2014-03-21 00:00

NEXT week marks the 53rd anniversary of the two-day All in Africa Conference held in Pietermaritzburg on March 25 and March 26, 1961.

The conference was a major historical event, and historians believe it was there that Nelson Mandela made his mark as a national leader.

The banning order on Mandela expired on the eve of the conference, allowing him to make a surprise appearance at the meeting, which was attended by about 1 400 delegates from over 145 organisations.

The event took place at the Arya Samaj Hall, now known as Manaye Hall, in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.

To commemorate the event and celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa, Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism, in association with the Manaye-Imbali Development Trust, will be hosting an All in Africa Week.

All activities will be held in the Manaye Hall precinct in Imbali and the programme is as follows:

• Sunday — Launch of Greater Edendale Music Art and Culture Project at Sukuma High School;

• March 25 — “Amandla Awethu” freedom exhibitions and welcoming of United States struggle veterans at Manaye Hall; and

• March 26 — “One Man, One Vote” youth and school exposure and tours.

Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism director Dumisani Mhlongo said yesterday that the theme for the three days will be “a reflection on Madiba’s local footprints, while celebrating 20 years of democracy”.

Mhlongo said the All in Africa Conference featured a call to communities to organise mass demonstrations on the eve of the proclamation of the republic.

“One man, one vote” was demanded and the slogan “Amandla Awethu” was made popular, he said.

For more information, contact Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism at (+27) 033 345 1348.

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