King at­tends un­veil­ing

Busts, peace pil­lar rep­re­sent and hon­our unity among all the peo­ple of Kwazulu-natal

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PRAISES of “Bayede, Wena wendlovu” greeted the ar­rival of King Good­will Zwelithini kab­hekuzulu at Mitchell Park on Thurs­day. The oc­ca­sion was the un­veil­ing of bronze busts of the king, for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela and the Si­vananda Peace Pil­lar. The cel­e­bra­tion of South African her­itage was hosted by the Si­vananda World Peace Foun­da­tion (SWPF).

Si­vananda Peace Pil­lars con­tain the es­sen­tial teach­ings of In­dian sage Swami Si­vananda. It dis­plays the key doc­trines of all the main re­li­gions of the world, a list of 20 of Swami Si­vananda’s spir­i­tual in­struc­tions, the uni­ver­sal prayer and a short sum­mary of the re­li­gious leader’s life and mis­sion.

The busts on ei­ther side of the pil­lar were erected to hon­our King Zwelithini and Madiba’s con­tri­bu­tion to serv­ing the peo­ple of South Africa through na­tion build­ing, peace build­ing, non-vi­o­lence and ef­forts to­wards elim­i­nat­ing poverty.

Kwazulu-natal busi­ness­man Ish­war Ram­lutch­man Mab­heka Zulu, founder of the SWPF, com­mit­ted him­self to the in­stal­la­tion of eight Si­vananda Peace Pil­lars across South Africa in de­vo­tion to the late Sri Swami Sa­ha­jananda.

This project was ini­tially started by Si­vananda in In­dia.

Sa­ha­jananda was the spir­i­tual head of the Di­vine Life So­ci­ety of South Africa and had a close re­la­tion­ship with the Zulu monarch and Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi.

The move­ment has con­trib­uted in the field of ed­u­ca­tion by build­ing over 300 schools in ru­ral ar­eas when the apartheid gov­ern­ment pro­vided lim­ited school­ing for black chil­dren.

Ram­lutch­man ex­plained to the au­di­ence that in­cluded mem­bers of the royal house, com­mu­nity lead­ers, school chil­dren and mem­bers of the Mitchell Park Trust: “We the peo­ple of South Africa feel ful­filled that hu­man­ity has taken us back into the bo­som. We who were op­pressed will con­tinue to aspire to have a bet­ter so­ci­ety.

“Let us ac­cept each other as a brother, sis­ter or child of God. To­gether we stand united and let peace pre­vail on our sa­cred soil, South Africa and Kwazulu-natal in par­tic­u­lar.”

Tra­di­tional prime min­is­ter of the monarch, Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi, paid trib­ute to Ram­lutch­man as the project’s bene­fac­tor.

Buthelezi said it was fit­ting that the pil­lar was flanked by the stat­ues of the two peace builders.

Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Pub­lic Works MEC Ravi Pil­lay, deputis­ing for Pre­mier Wil­lies Mchunu and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, said: “Any fool can make war but it takes great wis­dom to build peace.

“When the chil­dren visit here, we hope they will learn the lessons of Madiba’s life and we hope that they will learn about it in their schools as well.

“For me it is a prin­ci­ple of sac­ri­fice, dis­ci­pline and lead­er­ship that was demon­strated through­out his life.”

About King Zwelithini, Pil­lay said: “He has been a cus­to­dian of unity, cul­ture, her­itage and so­cial co­he­sion. At the time of xeno­pho­bic out­breaks, not too long ago, only when the king stood up and said, ‘Not in my name, not in our prov­ince,’ was it brought to a halt.”

In his key­note ad­dress, the king placed em­pha­sis on so­cial co­he­sion. He said that he had a con­sti­tu­tional duty to pro­mote unity among peo­ple of all ori­gins in Kwazulu-natal. A FREE con­ven­tion, where var­i­ous Is­lamic or­gan­i­sa­tions will in­ter­ro­gate so­ci­etal con­tem­po­rary is­sues by us­ing the teach­ings of the Holy Prophet Muham­mad, is planned for Dur­ban.

The Uni­ver­sal Mes­sen­ger of Mercy and Hope (Ummah) Con­ven­tion will take place at Over­port Se­condary School grounds on De­cem­ber 1 and 2.

The con­ven­tion, which is be­ing hosted by the Sunni Jamiatul Ulema (SJUSA), is a first for the city.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SJUSA, Nazir Malek, said the pur­pose of their two­day event was to ed­u­cate the gen­eral pub­lic through struc­tured pre­sen­ta­tions on ev­ery­day is­sues.

Malek said there would also be stalls show­cas­ing var­i­ous civil ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions that have adopted the prophetic model in achiev­ing their aims of uplift­ing com­mu­ni­ties in var­i­ous sec­tors, such as wel­fare, ed­u­ca­tion, women and child abuse, med­i­cal as­sis­tance, drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and other forms of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Each of these or­gan­i­sa­tions will also have rep­re­sen­ta­tives avail­able to en­gage with and pro­vide as­sis­tance, and a book­shop with rel­e­vant lit­er­a­ture will also be avail­able.

“There will be high-pro­file gov­ern­ment, re­li­gious and civic lead­ers who will ad­dress the con­ven­tion,” said Malek.

Salaah fa­cil­i­ties, a food court and en­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren will be avail­able, and the pro­gramme will end with a lucky draw for a free Um­rah ticket, Malek added.

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