On Saturday, 18 November 2023, scores and scores of people of various age groups from iLembe District and surroundings came out to witness and partake in a social cohesion event organised and hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial and Khoi-San Leaders (KZNPHTKL) in partnership with the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
The event held at the eMacambini Sports Field under the eMacambini Traditional Authority which falls under the Mandeni Local Municipality saw the striking presence of Zulu regiments and maidens; traditional leaders; politicians; other notable guests; entertainers media personnel; and law enforcement authorities.
Through hosting the event themed “AZIBUY’EMASISWENI” the KZNPHTKL sought to revitalise Zulu culture and traditions for the purpose of instilling a sense of direction, pride, and unity amongst subjects of the Zulu Monarchy. In delivering his address, the Chairperson of the KZNPHTKL Inkosi R.S. Shinga stressed the importance of social cohesion in the progress of the Zulu nation.
Inkosi Shinga told thousands gathered at the event that social cohesion was key to fighting social ills facing communities, particularly in areas under the authority of Amakhosi. “Let us take pride in our culture and traditions as this holds the key to us winning the war against social ills ravaging our communities,” said Inkosi Shinga.
Moreover, the KZNPHTKL Chairperson hailed the Provincial Government for supporting events that are vital to nation-building. MEC Sithole-Moloi in her address heaped praise on the Provincial House for identifying social cohesion as an important vehicle to use in nation-building. The MEC also urged traditional leaders to continue leading initiatives that aim to preserve Zulu culture and traditions as this is vital for the nation’s existence and survival.
Furthermore, she called on the youth to prioritise education in order to make a meaningful contribution to society and to live prosperous lives.
Through the event, the KZNPHTKL educated and informed people gathered at the event, particularly the youth about the importance of their heritage and the need to preserve it for future generations. The event also showcased opportunities embedded in Zulu traditional art and cuisine through exhibitions.
Issued by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial House of Traditional and Khoisan leaders (KZNPHTKL)