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KING Good­will Zwelithini ad­mires a work of art of his own image as it is un­veiled at Dur­ban’s Mitchell Park yes­ter­day. |

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VIS­I­TORS to Dur­ban’s Mitchell Park will now not only learn about the fauna and flora but will also leave with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of cul­ture, says Mitchell Park Trust chair­per­son Dr Sanil Singh.

He was speak­ing at the un­veil­ing of bronze busts of King Good­will Zwelithini and Nel­son Man­dela, and the Si­vananda Peace Pil­lar in the park’s open space area.

Singh said the park at­tracted about 60 000 schoolchil­dren a year, along with tourists, and the new fea­tures would in­flu­ence so­cial co­he­sion.

“The park is vis­ited by all ra­cial groups. They will now be ed­u­cated on cul­tural his­tory,” Singh said.

The project is the ini­tia­tive of phi­lan­thropist, hu­man­i­tar­ian and busi­ness­man Ish­war Ram­lutch­man, of the Si­vananda Peace Fo­rum.

“The bronze busts are the first to be in­stalled in a pub­lic place, high­light­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards peace and sta­bil­ity in South Africa.

“I de­cided to hon­our them by com­mis­sion­ing this mon­u­ment of peace in hon­our of them. The Zulu monarch has con­tributed tremen­dously in na­tion build­ing,” Ram­lutch­man said.

The stat­ues stand on ei­ther side of a plat­form with the peace pil­lar in the cen­tre.

A wall with a plaque de­picts the his­tory of South African cul­tures and ra­cial groups.

Ram­lutch­man said the dis­play of di­ver­sity showed the coun­try as a rain­bow na­tion and the rich her­itage it pos­sessed.

“The plaque con­tains the his­tory of the In­dian in­den­tured labour­ers, the coloured peo­ple, the his­tory of the Afrikan­ers, the pre­am­ble to the Constitution, and the life and times of Zwelithini and Man­dela,” said Ram­lutch­man.

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