Sixty guests for Gug’s 60th year

2018-03-15 06:01
Organisers of the 60th Anniversary celebrations along with the local elders during their luncheon at the JL Zwane Centre on Friday.

Organisers of the 60th Anniversary celebrations along with the local elders during their luncheon at the JL Zwane Centre on Friday.

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The year long birthday celebrations of one of Cape Town oldest townships are continuing with the latest instalment being a luncheon for the elderly.

On Friday, the Gugulethu Developmental Forum hosted an event where they invited the elderly as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations.

The event took place at the JL Zwane Centre in NY2 with the 60 guest invited and according to coordinator Lumkile Mzukwa, the event was more than just about feasting.

“Today is about getting together the elderly who have a good account of the history of Gugulethu. People will speak about particular events and other memories that they have.

This is part of a series of monthly events that we will be conducting until the big event at the end of the year,” he said.

Mzukwa said that in as much as it was an open invitation, they selected individuals that have knowledge of Gugulethu’s history.

“The goal is to explore the good old days and celebrate the heritage of this area while we continue to work towards the big celebrations,” he said.

The master of ceremonies, Goeff Mamputa, reminisced about Nju, as the township is affectionately known, with stories of back in the day.

Elder Mayedwa Apleni told of his arrival in Cape Town in 1955, three years before Gugulethu was established.

“When I arrived here, I stayed in Langa hostels, where I got a job.

We saw the birth of Gugulethu as it was being constructed in hard times. I was there when it was named. Back in those days there were limited opportunities.

Apleni added that despite some people believing things were better back in the day, he thought otherwise.

“When people are having problems in their household they always say things were better in the past.

I don’t agree with that. Things are far better today than back then.

This is a great initiative, keep up the good work,” he said speaking to the organisers.

The organisers also visited Vukuhambe Disabled Centre in the same area, where they shared a cake with young children as well.


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