MEDIA INVITATION
 
28 November 2018
 
KwaMashu Celebrates 60 Years
 
In a bid to promote the city’s rich heritage and history, eThekwini Municipality’s Local History Museum will host a series of celebrations to mark 60 years of one of Durban’s oldest townships, KwaMashu.
 
KwaMashu was established in 1958, as a result of the implementation of Group Areas Act. The township was built under the system that was implemented by the apartheid government to physically separate people by race, especially Indians and Blacks that coexisted peacefully in Umkhumbane (now knows as Cato Manor).
 
The celebration will kick-off with a mega event where various veterans from the township will give an account of its history, its successes and social challenges. Speakers of the day will include; local artistic director and entrepreneur Edmund Mhlongo, historian Rock Zuma and Obed Mbatha, one of the first residents of KwaMashu.
 
This will be followed by the Andrew Zondo Lecture to be delivered by MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Andrew Zondo, a struggle stalwart that was hailing from the same township was convicted and executed in 1985 after being found guilty of planting a bomb at a shopping centre in Amanzimtoti that killed five people. Dr. Dhlomo, a friend and comrade of the late Zondo, will unpack his life and times.
 
The celebrations will end off with Amahubo Dialogue. The latter is aimed at promoting the rich arts and culture of the township.
 
Members of the media are cordially invited to attend and report on these celebrations.
 
DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
 
KwaMashu 60th Celebration
Thursday, 29 November 2018 - KwaMashu Indoor Sport Centre, 09h30
Andrew Zondo Lecture
Thursday, 29 November 2018 – K-Cap – 18h00
Amahubo Dialogue
 
Friday, 30 November 2018 –K-Cap - 10h00
 
RSVP: Vuyo Ndlovu on 031 311 4838, vuyo.ndlovu@durban.gov.za
 
Ends
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele.
 
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