Charity: zuma helps greytown trust raise money for rural schooling

2011-09-05 00:00

MORE than R570 000 was raised for education for indigent rural children and rural development at the fundraising dinner organised by a community trust led by President Jacob Zuma in Greytown at the weekend.

The third annual Inkosi Matomela Memorial lecture, which took place at Umvoti Town Hall in Greytown, was hosted by Isigungu SamaNxamalala National Trust led by Zuma, inkosi Bhekumuzi Zuma of Nkandla and inkosi Simphiwe Zuma of Impendle.

The money was raised by auctioning artwork and collections to businesspeople.

A privately commissioned portrait of former President Nelson Mandela, painted in Johannesburg for his 88th birthday, was the most expensive item on the day and went under the hammer for R200 000.

A portrait of President Zuma created by a Durban-based artist, Lungelo Gumede, raised R150 000.

A picture titled Stones of Remembrance: Robben Island, which was taken by world-renowned photographer Matthew Willman, was auctioned for R100 000.

The last item in the collection was a bronze bust of President Zuma that raised R120 000.

The Matomela Memorial Lecture is held in memory of inkosi Matomela Zuma, who is the great-grandfather of Zuma and the two incumbent amakhosi of the Nxamalala clans in Nkandla and Mpendle.

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti delivered the main lecture, titled “Education and Development: Reaching out to the Rural Communities”, which emphasised the need for rural communities not to be left out of development.

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