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2020-03-25 06:01
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaDifferent stakeholders of the project at the media briefing last week.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaDifferent stakeholders of the project at the media briefing last week.

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IN commemoration of Human Right’s Day on March 21 Edendale History Projects officially an Edendale Education Tour that will start at Goergetown Library from 9am.

This community engagement initiative is a partnership between UKZN, Sinomlando Centre non-profit organisation, Queens University (Canada), Msunduzi Municipality and the community of Edendale.

Nomagwanini Zokwe from Sinomlando Centre said the idea of this project began when they attended a launch of a book titled ‘Welcome to Greater Edendale’ written by Professor Marc Epprecht from Queens University, Canada.

The book launch was held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus in 2017.

Zokwe said after the launch, there were so many questions that were raised, especially from people who are living in Edendale.

“There were absent voices in the information that was carried out by the book. We then came together and decided to re-read the book for the whole year. We were only a group of 10 people. After reading the book we felt that the book focused on a particular perspective and other stories were not told.

“We invited the author of the book to launch his book in Edendale.

Soon after we invited other people to come on board so that we can reveal more historical stories about Edendale that were never told or ignored. Some of the significant places are falling apart now and people were never told about them. It is important to show the people,” she said.

She said this project will not only be focusing on the building and places but it will be also focusing on the individuals who played a big role in fighting the apartheid era.

Mandla Ntombela from Msunduzi Library Services added that the reason why they chose to focus on Edendale is because it has a rich history but it was never told.

“There are people who contributed a lot in the political arena. Their families are living in Edendale but they are never mentioned in the books of history,” he said.


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