Time travel: capsule honouring Indian settlers sealed for 50 years

2011-11-17 00:00

THE time capsule that was launched last year in honour of the indentured Indian settlers was officially sealed at the Msunduzi Museum yesterday afternoon.

The closing ceremony, organised by the 1860 Legacy Foundation, Umgungundlovu region, was held in the presence of the Indian consul-general, Anil Sharan, Umgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee, provincial Judge President-designate Chiman Patel, provincial first lady May Mashego-Mkhize and members of the 1860 Foundation.

Foundation spokesperson Raj Govender said the capsule was left open for a year and has circulated throughout the province, with various organisations and individuals depositing historical information that will be made public and shared when the capsule is opened in 2060. That occasion will mark 200 years since the arrival of Indians in the country.

Govender said the future generations of the people who have contributed to the capsule will be tracked down to share the information.

Sharan deposited what he said was his experience since his arrival in the country in Durban in December 2009 as India’s consul general.

“The history of South Africa is incomplete without mentioning the Indian contribution.

“Be that as it may, some South Africans of Indian origin still need assurance that rainbow nation building is embraced in the

country.

“Indians who joined in the fight against apartheid did so as South Africans, and not as Indians,” said Sharan.

Msunduzi and Umgungundlovu mayors Chris Ndlela and Bhamjee said the occasion was for everyone in the country given the contribution made by Indians in the struggle.

Ndlela said that no more Indians worked in sugar cane plantations and this is an indication that with education and the zeal to win everyone can achieve their goals.

A structure will be erected at the museum yard to accommodate the capsule until 2060.

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