A DELEGATION from Wales, Great Britain visited the iLembe District Municipality last week as part of the Maluju R74 Business Development Corridor (RBDC) Project.
The RBDC Project aims to build monuments to honour those who died bravely in the Anglo-Zulu wars and to develop businesses, agriculture and tourism along the Grey Town road (R74) corridor from KwaDukuza to Greytown.
The project is the brainchild of Maluju Charity, an organisation with the vision to revive local rural economy and to improve the socio-economic conditions of the people of iLembe and the surrounding districts.
The delegation – which included members of the Welsh Royal Family, the Minister of Education Ann Rees and two investors – was welcomed to the region at a dinner held at the Luthuli Museum on Wednesday, 25 January.
Speaking at the dinner, mayor of iLembe District Municipality Siduduzo Gumede said he was delighted to host the visitors and is hopeful that this visit will mark the beginning of many more mutually beneficial ones to come.
“This region and KwaDukuza to be specific, has attracted in excess of R3 billion in tourism projects in the past few years. Developers have recognised the value of the natural environment and have adopted an approach that puts residents and visitors directly in touch with the regions natural beauty, making the dream of live, work and play a reality.”
On Thursday 26 January the delegates were taken on a tour of uThukela River mouth where they visited Fort Pearson – one of two forts built to guard the passage of the river by the British Government in South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu War.
The delegation also visited the Ultimatum Tree – a fig tree where the British delivered an ultimatum to King Cetshwayo’s Indunas to disband the Zulu army and for Cetshwayo to swear allegiance to Queen Victoria.
These conditions were unacceptable to the Zulus and war broke out.
The tour ended with a visit to the British Military Cemetery located just outside Fort Pearson near Prince’s Grant.
On Friday, 27 January the delegate visited Phezukomkhono High School and Sibanisethu Primary School in Maphumulo before trekking the Ntunjambili Mountain in Kranskop.
The mountain has been earmarked as a location for a peace monument of the war.
After their visit to iLembe the delegation proceeded to Umvoti Municipality in Greytown where they will spend a few days visiting more sites along the corridor.?