Coming soon: a tale of twin cities

2011-01-26 00:00

OVER the last 16 years, the Port Shepstone Twinning Association’s relationship with Sweden has benefited the Hibiscus Coast with immense contributions towards empowerment, community building, networking and collaboration.

This history will now be documented by a Swedish freelance journalist.

Birgitta Silen, contracted by the Olaf Palme International Centre, and Osak chairperson Tormod Nesset were on the South Coast conducting several interviews with people involved with Port Shepstone twinning last week. Silen recorded the stories of 18 people. She said that she will next select and compile these interviews for a book that will be released in the first half of the year.

When asked about the Hibiscus Coast, Silen said: “Port Shepstone’s people and municipality are progressive, practical and hands on. I think that, in seeing what Port Shepstone has achieved, it should be a role model and spread its successes to other municipalities.”

Speaking about her interviews in Sweden she added that “many people from Port Shepstone don’t believe that they have made a contribution to the Swedes, but this is far from the truth. In many of the interviews, the Swedes told me how the people of Port Shepstone made an impact on their lives.”

Tormod Nesset added that the documentation was a “good journey down memory lane”. He was thrilled that the documentation is being done in such a professional manner thanks to Silen and the Olaf Palme International Centre.

“I hope that this stands as an example and inspires others to document their history.”

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