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Indians Celebrate 150 years in South Africa
25th March 2010 - Story by Keith
The commemoration of the arrival of Indians in South Africa 150 years ago will be celebrated locally under the auspices of the 1860 Legacy Foundation - Northern KZN. The newly appointed Northern KZN Committee elected to spearhead the activities preceding the celebration and commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the indentured Indian slaves to South Africa has tackled their designated tasks with much zest and enthusiasm. The ushering in of the executive committee, Chairman - Ishwar Ramlutchman, Vice Chairman - Henry Haribans, Secretary -Timothy Harry, Treasurer - Rajen Maharaj and Public Affairs Director - Rhana Naicker, just three weeks ago is already moving full steam ahead as the necessary documentation and applications for funding have been completed and submitted.
Public Affairs Director, Rhana Naicker highlighted that the legacy foundation established for Northern KZN is an all-inclusive body, which will work with all towns in Northern KZN such as Tugela, Mandini, Umgungundlovu, Amatikulu, Ntumeni, eShowe, Richards Bay, Empangeni, Kwambonambi, Mtubatuba, Mkuze and Pongola.‘We urge all splinter groups to kindly coordinate all their plans with this central governing body which represents Northern KZN,’ said Naicker.‘Our vision is to capacitate the youth to take forth the legacy which will now be formally documented and captured by the committee.
‘The involvement of all Indians in Northern KZN irrespective of cultural religious background is encouraged to provide key information.‘We, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth generation Indians of SA have to honour our forefathers and bestow on them their dignity, which they have fought so hard to obtain and uphold against all elements, ‘ said Naicker.
Celebrating 150 years of Indians in South Africa and acknowledging that there are a number of important issues at stake, that range from heritage to livelihoods, the South African Government has established the 1860 Legacy Foundation: South Africa to celebrate and commemorate the history of the indentured Indian Slaves from Madra to SA.