History warriors celebrate

2019-09-24 06:00
The Salt River Heritage Society was officially registered as a non-profit organisation on Tuesday 17 September.

The Salt River Heritage Society was officially registered as a non-profit organisation on Tuesday 17 September.

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Tuesday 24 September marked the first anniversary of the Salt River Heritage Society.

Current and former residents are expected to gather at Imam Haron Hall to celebrate the milestone.

The society was established last year to preserve the history of Salt River by collecting data, including architectural, cultural and natural information.

At the event, scheduled to start at 14:00, the society will share its journey since its inception with guests.

This will include a look at the activities organised and hosted by the society over the past year.

Old photographs of the area and its residents will be on display. A video of senior residents, sharing their past experiences on camera, will also be shown to give insight into Salt River’s early days.

Author and founder of the Ruben Richards non-profit organisation, Dr Ruben Richards will be the keynote speaker. His speech will be titled “The implications of Battle of Salt River in 1510 on the legacy and heritage of the area”.

Lutfi Omar, the secretary for the society, says their goal is to build “a people-centred history”, acknowledging those who were part of the community many years ago.

“All histories should be acknowledged as history. The life of a domestic servant or a factory worker is as important, as interesting and as indicative of wider national stories as the traditional elite subjects of history,” says Omar.

He says the society has already started a repository of old photographs, documenting the history and heritage of the community, and will continue to collect and scan old and relevant photos and documents.

The public is urged to share their knowledge or anything they think could be beneficial with the society.

Omar says they plan to work with teachers to write resource packs relevant to the national curriculum and focused on local history.

Also, they plan to provide training on archival management of oral history collections, the introduction to oral history, digital editing and how to use social media to document the heritage of the community.

“The society will also provide training on tracing family genealogy,” Omar says.

The society’s programme includes heritage events, treasure days and carnivals.

  • For more information, contact Anwar Omar on 082 856 9620 or Shabodien Roomanay on 082 705 2223 or follow Salt River Heritage Society on Facebook.

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