New brochure highlights KZN’s rich history

2010-05-27 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S major heritage attractions and most visited historic sites are highlighted in a new, full-colour, 28-page brochure produced with Fifa Soccer World Cup visitors in mind as well as those who visit the province after the event.

“This is intended to showcase the province’s rich and multi-cultural heritage and history,” says Barry Marshall, CE0 of Amafa, the provincial heritage body which produced the brochure.

“It covers archaeological evidence in Border Cave of modern humans — the rock art painted by the San hunter-gatherers — the 17th century origins of the Zulu nation in the eMakhosini Valley of the Zulu kings, the lineage of Zulu kings up to the present day, the rise of King Shaka and the tumultous battles between the Zulus, Boers and British during the 19th century.”

The brochure was funded by Amafa and focuses on sites they administer.

“But others have been included — like the battle of Blood River/Ncome site, the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg, and Indian temples of worship in Durban — to be inclusive of the historic and ongoing contribution of all the people of KwaZulu-Natal,” says Marshall.

Famous personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Inkosi Bambatha Zondi are also featured while some 110 photographs and drawings, some not widely-known, add colour to the text. These include the iconic photograph of Mandela casting his first vote at the Ohlanga School at Inanda near Durban, a previously unpublished photograph of the building of the memorial to France’s Prince Imperial — killed by the Zulus in 1879 — and the King Shaka statue at Durban’s new international airport.

The brochures, which are free, will be distributed by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal from its publicity offices throughout the province, and are also available from Amafa offices in Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi, and at most heritage sites. 

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