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Maidens carry reeds as they make their way to the Queen Mother's Royal Palace to deliver them at Ludzidzini in Mbabane, Swaziland. (AP)
Maidens carry reeds as they make their way to the Queen Mother's Royal Palace to deliver them at Ludzidzini in Mbabane, Swaziland. (AP)

Durban – Preparations are under way for the annual uMkhosi Womhlanga (Reed Dance) at eNyokeni Palace in Nongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal, the arts and culture department said on Monday.

Thousands of young women from all the province’s districts as well as Swaziland, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng are expected to attend the dance from September 9 to 11.

The department and the Zulu Royal Household will use the event to educate young women about careers available to them and to discuss social ills affecting young people.

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