Heroic Impendle chief honoured

2011-05-09 00:00

HISTORICAL sites in rural communities should be developed into heritage sites that will turn those communities into tourism hubs and develop sustainable economies, says Amafa, KwaZulu-Natal’s heritage conservation agency.

Last week the organisation launched another heritage site, the Amadumisa Ancestral Project in Thunzi in Impendle.

The project was created by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) with Amafa in honour of the local chief, Dumisa Duma, who died in 1876. They partially rebuilt the chief’s homestead and put up a new tombstone at a cost of over R400 000.

Chief Duma is credited with having kept the peace in the region and protecting the Khoisan community who resided there. The Khoisan community was reportedly under threat from white settlers, but the chief incorporated them into his clan.

Speaking at the launch, Lindiwe Msomi of Amafa said that as the custodians of heritage in KwaZulu-Natal Amafa has a responsibility not only to identify the historical sites but to turn them into heritage sites that will create sustainable economies for the community.

“We have a responsibility to preserve the culture of our country. To do this we need the community to help point us in the right direction. This will not only help the organisation to honour those sites but will also help communities develop sustainable economic activities.”

Dr Bandile Mkhize of EKZNW said urged the Impendle community to look after the project “as it is one of the more sustainable projects that can help develop the community.”

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