Heritage centres will tell story of the Zulus

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

A multimedia centre at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban will tell the story of the Zulu people, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele said yesterday when he presented the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Bill in the provincial legislature.

All political parties in the legislature voted unanimously in favour of the bill.

Another multimedia centre is also being constructed at the Great uMgungundlovu Palace at eMakhosini, near Ulundi, to re-live the Spirit of eMakhosini and promote the ideals of reconciliation.

He said when the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Bill becomes law it will provide a legal framework for the management, development and promotion of heritage in KwaZulu-Natal.

"Through this legislation we are founding an institutional framework that will expand the horizons of identity formation and promote heritage inclusivity in this province," Ndebele said.

"On Sunday we will hold an event at eMbo Ngilanyoni to honour the legacy of Amakhosi of eMbo.

"It should be remembered that the Embo-Nguni people have a long history which, as some sources indicate, link them directly with Nguni origins in the Great Lakes in Central Africa."

He said the story of the Zulu people and the people of KwaZulu-Natal is long and complex and extends over centuries.

"It is a story of journeys, treks, arrivals, resistance, attacks, counter-attacks, conflict, the resolution of conflict and the creation of the conditions for reconciliation, peace, democracy and development.

"It is the story of various peoples and cultures coming together to create a new society".

He said the province had continued to honour the legacies of all its prominent people.