Anniversary: Indians in SA for 150 years

2009-02-15 00:00

NEXT year is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of indentured Indian labourers in this country.

At a recent meeting in Durban a business plan was mooted for a schedule of events to commemorate the event, said Dr Raj Govender of the Arts and Culture Department.

People from business, government and community leaders attended the meeting and pledged their support for the celebrations.

uMgungundlovu District Municipality Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said any form of celebration must be done with “dignity and respect”.

He emphasised that the indentured Indians settled in various parts of the country and therefore the celebrations must have a provincial, national and international flavour, but with a character that enhances nation building.

“The indentured Indians have made immense contributions in political, economic, cultural, educational, sports and social development in South Africa,” Bhamjee asserted.

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