Mafukuzela Day at Ohlange High School, Inanda

John Langalibalele Dube was a publisher, an educator, an editor and he the founder of Ohlange High School at Inanda. John Dube was also known as Mafukuzela named by the community of Inanda. Mafukuzela died on the 11th of February 1946. The Mafukuzela Day was started on the 11th of February 1958 by Reverend BK Mndlandla who knew Mafukuzela because he used to visit his church during Easter service. He saw that it was important to commemorate the life of JL Dube for his commitment in helping other people in the community. This day is an important part of the school calendar. The school invites the members of the Dube family, the founder of the celebration Rev BK Mndlandla and other dignitaries to be part of the celebration. Learners are always in full uniform on this day.

Paying respect to JL Dube

The day starts with a proceeding to the tombstone of JL Dube. Learners and teachers form a guard of honour which is led by two learners carrying a wreath to be placed on the tombstone. All dignitaries are part of this. Matriculants are asked to be at the front just after the two learners who are carrying the wreath. Then the principal asks Rev BK Mndlandla to open in prayer and after the prayer the principal tells the story of John Langalibalele Dube. This is mainly done to inform the new learners of the person who started the school and to announce new rules for the school especially the change in uniform.

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Township Tourism Boost

As the 2010 World Cup soccer fever grips South Africa, the Durban Tourism Unit has created a huge brand marketing presence to showcase its products and attractions during the event as a strategy to attract and increase the percentage of visitors, both foreign and domestic, to the City.  The strategy also involves showcasing previously disadvantaged areas and increasing the spread of visitors and tourism benefits to previously disadvantaged areas.

To ensure that positive benefits are achieved and negative impacts are avoided, the Durban Tourism Unit has embarked on Community Tourism Awareness programme to promote tourism culture and inculcate responsible tourism in communities.

The first of a series of activations are taking place at the JL Dube Stadium in Inanda on 6 June 2010 from 9am – 4pm.

Popular DJ’s, Big Nuz and Tira, will be entertaining crowds, learn the Diski Dance and win with competitions galore. Free t-shirts will also be handed out to some of those who attend the event.

Mr Philip Sithole, Acting Head: Durban Tourism Unit says, “The activations are aimed at enhancing communities’ understanding of tourism and building their recognition of tourism as an important contributor to the local economy.’

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Ela Gandhi interview

Mwelela Cele interviews Ela Gandhi as part of the Memories of Inanda documentary, produced for the eThekwini Municipality’s Ulwazi Programme. Ela discusses her grandfather Mahatma Gandhi, the Phoenix Settlement and her work as an activist and politician. Ela Gandhi (born July 1, 1940), granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi is a peace activist and was a Member … Read more

INANDA TO TAKE THE TOURISM HIGH ROAD AT INDABA

Indaba 2010 will see a tourism event of considerable national importance when the eThekwini Municipality and Durban Tourism launches the Inanda Tourism trail on Sunday, May 9.

Foreign and local media attending Indaba, as well as a number of high ranking dignitaries and community leaders will converge at the historic Dr. J.L Dube house in the heart of Inanda for the launch of a new branding for the area, as well as for the unveiling of a life-sized bronze sculpture of President Nelson Mandela casting his first democratic vote here in the historic 1994 elections.

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