Wi-Fi gets to Nyandazulu

2011-03-18 00:00

THE area of Nyandazulu, just outside Izotsha, is now a Wi-Fi hotspot thanks to a joint project by the Oskarshamn (Sweden) and Hibiscus Coast municipalities. With this latest technology installed at the Tsong Multipurpose Centre, members of the community who did not have the opportunity to do so before will now have the world at their fingertips.

The Internet access allows the community to have open communication with the world and with this, the aim for the people of Nyandazulu, according to the partnering municipalities, is to educate, empower and uplift themselves.

Stefan Windt from the Oskarshamn municipality, who was instrumental in the set up of this service for the community, said that modern technology and communication is key to upliftment and that he was especially thrilled to be part of this project that will help the community.

The community present, mainly elderly woman, were thankful for the opportunity given to them — and some were especially eager to learn how to use a computer.

Besides the launch of this project another historic movement took place at the multipurpose centre in Nyandazulu last week.

In a four way partnership with the community, Oskarshamn Municipality, Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Port Shepstone Twinning Association and Kalmar Lans Museum established an interim heritage committee.

The history of Nyandazulu will be recorded using time travel and historic environment education — a new concept in South Africa. Ebbe Westergen from Kalmar Lans Museum, who played a pivotal role in bringing this concept to Port Shepstone via the Twinning Association in 2008, explained that time travel and historic environment education is recording one’s culture and history from the bottom up perspective. The history of the area will be recorded via “oral history” as the available documentation is very limited.

“While it is important that history at schools is taught of issues from national perspective, it is equally important that local history is recorded and taught at schools,” he said. “Every community made a contribution to this history and hopefully this can be incorporated in the school curriculum; people need to feel proud of their heritage,” he said.

He added that Nyandazulu has untapped potential which can lead to other developments of rural tourism. Gulshera Kahn of the Port Shepstone Twinning Association echoed the same sentiments saying that Nyandazulu ecotourism and heritage, if managed correctly, can create tourism ultimately leading to job creation and sustainability.

“We are also very pleased that in October 2010 the Gamalakhe Heritage Committee was also established and it is currently documenting the history of Gamalakhe, Tin Town,” she said.

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