Unveiling of Bhambatha statue

2015-09-16 06:00

A PARADE of military and police bands will mark the unveiling of the statue of Bhambatha by President Jacob Zuma on 22 September in front of the Greytown Town Hall.

King Goodwill Zwelethini, members of the Zulu Royal family, AmakhosiadwaZondi, cabinet ministers, religious, business and cultural leaders will be among the guests.

September marks Heritage Month celebrations in South Africa­ and this year’s theme is “Our indigenous knowledge, our heritage: Towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s living heritage”.

The theme reminds and reconnects us with our rich collective heritage, our cultural knowledge, expressions and practises.

The story of Inkosi Bhambatha is one of heroism. He is renowned for his leadership role in the armed rebellion in 1906 against the poll tax.

He looms large in our history as an inspiration to all who resisted segregation and apartheid.

The parade with the bands, statutory and non-statutory forces, amabutho, omama besigekle, motorbikes, etc., will start in Okes Street, turn right into Cathcart Street, right into Bell Street and a right turn again into Voortrekker Street.

At the time of going to press, 9am was the time scheduled for the start of proceedings.

After the unveiling and a short programme guests will proceed to Bhambatha sports field, just below the Ambush Rick at Mpanza on the Dundee road where the rest of the programme, including the address by the president and the king will continue.

Performances by local artists, Ihhashi eLimhlophe, Ray Zondi and the Busana High School Choir (current provincial champions) will entertain the gathering.

Transport will be provided throughout Umzinyathi with the main concentration of buses from various points at Ngome, Keates Drift, Msinga, Enhlalakahle and all Umvoti wards. There will be amabutho from Mpumuza, Nadi, Pietermarizburg, Mapumulo, Ladysmith, Nongoma and Nkandla being in the main, descendants of most of the clans that fought during the 1906 Bhambatha Rebellion.

Government encourages all residents in South Africa, and those from the rest of the continent and the African diaspora who reside in the country to participate­ in Heritage Month activities

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