African identity a hot topic in Durban

2008-05-22 00:00

Finding meaningful ways of communicating and harnessing the energy, resources and input from Africa is one of the issues that will be discussed at the annual African Renaissance conference in Durban.

The key event of this year’s festival is the two-day conference to look at consolidating African identity through education, human rights and development.

This year’s celebrations will also be dedicated to the life and memory of two icons of the African Renaissance, the late Reverend James Orange and the late Sifiso Makhatini.

At a media briefing, Premier S’bu Ndebele said that Orange was a close friend who chaired the Africa American Renaissance Movement in the U.S. and who planned to speak at this year’s conference. Orange died in February and Ndebele spoke at his funeral in Atlanta.

He said that a banquet hosted by the Msunduzi Municipality will be held in his honour.

Ndebele also said one of the highlights of this year’s festival is the unveiling ceremony of the Makhatini tombstone at the Chesterville Cemetery.

Another highlight is the launch of the KZN family tree project at Curries Fountain stadium. The project will see the reconstruction of African families in KZN, the country and the continent.

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