New Chief Si­valo gets cul­ture preser­va­tion chal­lenge

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

CHIEF Si­valo of Nkayi Dis­trict has been in­stalled.

Mr Ed­win Mahlangu (71) was in­stalled as Chief Si­valo last Wed­nes­day at a cer­e­mony presided over by the Min­is­ter of Ru­ral Devel­op­ment, Pro­mo­tion and Preser­va­tion of Na­tional Cul­ture Abe­dinico Ncube.

The Min­is­ter said Chief Si­valo was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe on June 24 this year.

“We have gath­ered here to of­fi­cially in­stall Ed­win Mahlangu as the sub­stan­tive Chief Si­valo,” he said.

Min­is­ter Ncube said it was Chief Si­valo’s duty to lead his sub­jects wisely and demon­strate im­par­tial­ity. “My Min­istry is seized with the process of align­ing the Tra­di­tional Lead­ers Act to the Con­sti­tu­tion. Tra­di­tional Lead­ers and their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties have var­i­ous rights en­shrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said. “As the tra­di­tional head, Chief Si­valo you are there­fore ex­pected to safe­guard and pro­mote your Nguni/ Nde­bele cul­tural prac­tices and val­ues. Nde­bele is one of the 16 of­fi­cially recog­nised lan­guages in Zim­babwe hence it is a ve­hi­cle that trans­mits Nde­bele cul­ture and tra­di­tions from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.”

Min­is­ter Ncube en­cour­aged Chief Si­valo to work to­gether with the Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil in im­ple­ment­ing devel­op­ment projects.

“As Govern­ment we take note of the dire need for food and we will en­sure that no one starves in the com­mu­nity through the Govern­ment run Grain Dis­tri­bu­tion and Food for As­set schemes,” said the Min­is­ter.

Chief Si­valo was born on April 1, 1945 and at­tended Si­valo Pri­mary School for Sub A up to Stan­dard Three. He later did his stan­dard Four at Mbizo Pri­mary School in Bu­l­awayo and at­tended Mzi­likazi Pri­mary for stan­dards Five and Six.

He worked for three years at Premier Elec­tric in Bu­l­awayo. From 1974 to 1986, he worked as a dis­trict as­sis­tant in Nkayi Dis­trict.

In 1986, he moved to the Zim­babwe Na­tional Parks, Zam­bezi Camp and re­tired in 2004.

He takes over from his fa­ther, the late Solomon Mahlangu who died in 2014.— @thamamoe

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