Umzumbe travels back to 1828

2015-06-11 06:01

SCORES of people occupied the Qoloqolo hills overlooking uMthwalume river as Umzumbe Municiplity commemorated Isivivane seNkosi uShaka.

The occasion saw people gather for what seemed to be an educational time-travelling episode tracing back to the eventful days of 1828.

A tranquil scene at KwaQoloqolo captured the sound of the drum beat and Zulu dancing as Umzumbe Municipality commemorated the Isivivane seNkosi uShaka on Saturday.

This annual event commemorates Isivivane. A heap of stones which can be traced back to the last expedition by King Shaka remains evidence of what happened during the last expedition of Shaka.

“The selling point for us as Umzumbe Municipality for this tourism site is that it is the last trip King Shaka took before being assassinated on his return to Dukuza,” said Trevor Khanyile Umzumbe Municipality communications manager: research which suggests that in May 1828 Shaka and his warriors travelled from the north of KwaZulu to Pondoland and went through this area of Qoloqolo and Umzumbe, Cabhane and Qwabe.

On that day there was a re-enactment where Shaka led his warriors to find a place to hide and strategise on how they will conquer King Faku in Pondoland. This was then followed by traditional music, poetry and cultural festivities.

The event was attended by King Zwelithini’s brother, Prince Mbonisi Zulu from Khwezi Royal Residence.

Speaking at the event Prince Mbonisi Zulu­ said: “Learning about Zulu culture is of paramount importance to the Royal House.

“Such sites need to be preserved for the generations to come.”

Umzumbe Municipality mayor, Cllr Sydney Gumede said: “Isivivane sikaShaka site is to be renovated and maintained so that the municipality becomes a tourism destination.”

This event was held in partnership with South Coast Tourism and Port Shepstone Twinning.

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Learning about Zulu culture is of paramount importance to the Royal House. Such sites need to be preserved for the generations to come

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