"Eat indigenous and be as fit as I am"

2015-10-13 09:45
Deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi with the PMB pupils who were presented with certificates at City Hall.

Deputy minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi with the PMB pupils who were presented with certificates at City Hall. (Sabelo Nsele)

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Pietermaritzburg - “Unfit” Pietermaritzburg pupils were challenged to a 15 km walk by the 72-year-old deputy minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi on Monday.

While handing over certificates to those who participated in an Oral History event at the City Hall yesterday, Mabudafhasi bemoaned the pupils’ lack of fitness.

“The dean of deputies” pinned this on the abandonment of indigenous foods. “You must know and respect your indigenous food. It will build you and your brain. As someone who feasts on indigenous food, I can walk 15 km and you can not even walk 5 km,” she said.

Mabudafhasi said she was hoping that hosting events such as the Oral History Conference would motivate pupils to take pride in their indigenous languages.

“Let it be fashionable to know your language. Know your clan names,” she said.

Mabudafhasi lamented that pupils were not behaving themselves in present days. “You know I cry when I think about those who fought for our freedom so that you can have a better future,” she said.

Fifty pupils from Pietermaritzburg schools were presented with certificates.

Today they will be doing presentations at the Oral History Conference being hosted in Durban.

Eighteen-year-old Ayanda Sokhela from Sobantu Secondary School, who will be presenting his family tree today, said the research had made him feel connected with his roots.

“My father passed on while I was still young. My uncle used to tell me about our family history but I always wanted to know more. That is why I decided to do the research on my family tree,” he said.

The grade 11 pupil, who is from Cinderella Park, said growing up in a township does not mean people must forget about their history.

His school, which will be represented by 10 pupils, has already done presentations at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History event that was held in Pretoria earlier this month.

History committee co-ordinator at the school Thandeka Sibiya said the pupils had made many interesting findings about the local history of Sobantu.

“There are forgotten heroes who were discovered by our pupils,” said Sibiya.

Tholithemba Nyandu from Ikusaselihle High School of Imbali, will present the history of her school.

“One of the interesting findings is that ANC national treasurer Zweli Mkhize led a community team who went to the Department of Education calling for the improvement of the infrastructure in my school,” said Nyandu.

“At that time the school only catered for the lower grades and we were based in Willowfontein,” she said

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