The announcement of UNodumehlezi KaMenzi coincides with the visit of the United States based Bringer of Hope Foundation and members of the University of California (UCLA) Black Alumni who will come to share with us their love and respect for Kunene. The Alumni, previous students of Kunene when he lectured at UCLA for more than 19 years, were at the forefront of campaigning for anti-apartheid strategies that challenged apartheid business strongholds in South Africa at the time. The Department of Arts and Culture’s Living Legends, Durban Tourism, eThekwini and Umdoi Municipalities and UKZN, plays host to the group, grateful for their role in apartheids demise. They will pay homage to ’their inspiration’, Prof Kunene, by donating books written by Black African writers and other educational material to the Foundation. These resources will find their way to the Foundation’s School of Excellence in the Amahlongwa Village, where Kunene grew up and which is now his resting place.
This event reaffirms Kunene and his work as the great African philosopher at a time when we are sorely in need of wise and knowledgable icons.
There are a series of events scheduled for the day with our visitors:
Welcome and reception by Durban Tourism and Kunene Foundation at the airport (22ndNov)
- The group will tour the Kunene Museum at nine in the morning
- Meet Vice Chancellor, Dr van Jaarsveld, the UKZN ‘champion’ of Prof Kunene’s work, affirming the significance of the MOU between UKZN and the Mazisi Kunene Foundation.
- A press conference will be held at Vice Chancellor Albert van Jaarsveld’s office at UKZN, the Research Department (details to be sent). Present at the press conference will be:
- Representatives of eThekwini Municipality
- The Honourable U.S.A Consul General Frances Chisholm (Friend of the Kunene Foundation)
- The Honourable Angolan Consul General Mr. Balduino F. da Silva Bwanga (Friend of the Kunene Foundation)
- Mr Welcome Msomi – Chairman of the Living Legends Legacy Project
- Dr Sindiwe Magona
- Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trustees (Founder and Chair: Mr Andries Botha and Trustees of the Foundation)
- David wa Maahlamela – Director of the Centre for Creative Arts
- This will be followed by a visit on the south coast to the Mazisi Kunene Centre of Excellence in Amahlongwa where the group will donate books written by Black authors and other educational material. The Centre is based at KwaHluzingqondo High School and provides access to all schools in the area.
- The group will also visit Professor Kunene’s resting place to pay their respects to their great mentor
- The last stop on the south coast where the group will be hosted by uMdoni Municipality Mayor, Cllr T W Dube.
- That evening, the Kunene Foundation will host the group at a special dinner event to be held in Durban at the Hilton Hotel.
We take this opportunity to extend a warm invitation to you, to either a meet and greet with our guests on the morning of the 23rd during the visit to the Vice Chancellor’s office at UKZN and/or you could attend the dinner event that evening.