Buses for Reed Dance

2010-09-02 00:00

ABOUT 25 000 maidens are expected to converge at Nyokeni Royal palace for this year’s Reed Dance ceremony scheduled to take place from September 11-12.

MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation Weziwe Thusi revealed this during the launch of the KwaZulu-Natal government programmes for the Heritage month which started yesterday.

To avoid situations where maidens finds themselves stranded waiting for transport to this annual event, Thusi said transport has been arranged in conjunction with the district municipalities and each district has been allocated a number of buses.

Thusi said that at Nyokeni, the maidens will be accommodated in colour-coded tents according to their districts to ensure that everyone knows where they belong.

During the annual ceremony maidens fetch reeds and present them to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini, to show that they are still maintaining their virginity.

Only girls who have undergone virginity testing are allowed to participate in the event, which is also marked by the singing of traditional songs and dancing.

A series of activities to showcase diverse cultures and heritage in the province will also be staged.

Premier Zweli Mkhize said that among the leaders to be honoured by the provincial government are Mahatma Gandhi and Inkosi Albert Mvumbi Luthuli, the first African Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Another important event to be commemorated by the province is the 150 anniversary since the arrival of the Indians in South Africa in 1860.

Other planned activities include the unveiling of a tombstone and a memorial service at the site where the graves of indentured Indian and African labourers were found at the Dube TradePort site in Durban.

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