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Heritage monument unveiled
​King Goodwill Zwelithini and his wife Queen Thandikela with
Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and philanthropist Ishwar
Ramlutchman at the unveiling of the heritage monument at
Mitchell Park
Bronze busts statues of former late President Nelson Mandela and King Goodwill Zwelithini will now welcome visitors to the Mitchell Park Zoo in Morningside, Durban.

The heritage monuments and the Sivananda Peace Pillars was erected by the Sivananda World Peace and Development Foundation on 8 November, as a reminder that South Africa is built on respect, shared values and good leadership that has achieved peace and stability.

Unveiling the historic monument, King Zwelithini said it is a symbol of social cohesion, especially between Africans and Indians in eThekwini. “The relationship between the Zulu nation and people of Indian descent has developed certain negative stereotypes. We need to get to know each other’s habits, cultures and traditions and stop being ignorant” said King Zwelithini.

King Zwelithini praised businessman Ishwar Ramlutchman for spearheading this initiative which is part of eight peace pillars in KwaZulu-Natal. The pillars bear messages of peace, further highlighting that peace is central to all religion. Ramlutchman also played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Sivananda-King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu Environmental Education Centre at Mitchell Park.

Councillor Musa Dlamini said to build a nation, it is essential to have such monuments where people can connect. The City’s Head of Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Department Thembinkosi Ngcobo said they are proud to be part of the tribute to his majesty and the legacy of Mandela. “EThekwini is the only Municipality in the country to have a social cohesion programme.  We are serious and committed to working towards peace and unity,” said Ngcobo.
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