Amafa presents KZN heritage awards

2011-09-19 00:00

THE annual Amafa Heritage Awards were presented at Ascot Inn in Pietermaritzburg on Friday to acknowledge ordinary people who have contributed to the conservation of KwaZulu-Natal’s rich heritage.

The event was attended by Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela and the director of Durban’s Local History Museum, Mlungisi Ngubane, who praised the award recipients for their efforts.

“It is encouraging to note that the award recipients are not employees of museums, but have made valuable contributions to preserving history. We applaud Amafa for recognising their work,” said Ngubane.

This year’s winners included the Railway History Society; Dr Shelagh Spencer for her research into the first British settlers; Charles Hicken of the Himeville Historical and Museum Society; the Stoffela Molefe descendants for Inkosi Stoffela’s tombstone; Thosli Mudly for her genealogical research; and Ishwar Ramlutchman for the Sivananda peace pillar project.

Ramlutchman built eight peace pillars across SA in honour of Sri Swami Sivanda.

“Over 20 000 people have lost their lives over political violence … People in places like Greytown and Mnambhithi need peace … that is why we do the work,” Ramlutchman said.

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