Lo­cal phi­lan­thropist hon­ours lead­ers

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Conelia Harry

MON­U­MENTS in hon­our of Nel­son Man­dela and His Majesty King Good­will Zwelithini KaB­hekuZulu were erected in Mitchell Park in Dur­ban in Novem­ber as part of the her­itage day cel­e­bra­tions.

This was an ini­tia­tive of phi­lan­thropist, hu­man­i­tar­ian and busi­ness­man Ish­war Ram­lutch­man Mab­heka Zulu un­der the Si­vananda Peace Pil­lar Foun­da­tion, and the first ever bronze busts of Man­dela and King Good­will to be in­stalled in a pub­lic place, high­light­ing their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards peace and sta­bil­ity in South Africa.

As­so­ci­ated with the Zulu monarch and the Zulu na­tion for two decades, Ram­lutch­man said he was touched by the sim­plic­ity and the con­tri­bu­tions of the two great men to so­ci­ety and com­mis­sioned these mon­u­ments in their hon­our.

‘These mon­u­ments will serve as a sym­bol of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, tol­er­ance and will also high­light the her­itage of the pi­o­neers, the courage and com­mit­ment of the free­dom fight­ers, the wis­dom, pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion of these vi­sion­ar­ies of a non -racial and a demo­cratic South Africa.’

Unity

King Good­will was de­lighted with the bust of him­self.

‘Last year marked the 200th year of the found­ing of the Zulu na­tion by King Shaka and 46 years of my reign as the monarch. It is there­fore a fit­ting trib­ute to the Zulu na­tion.

‘We salute him for hav­ing the vi­sion to serve mankind in all spheres of life, es­pe­cially my peo­ple of KZN.

‘The Si­vananda Peace Pil­lars are bea­cons of unity in di­ver­sity and a source of in­spi­ra­tion, a re­minder that peace and love should tran­scend our hu­man lim­i­ta­tions.

‘His Ho­li­ness the Dalai Lama of Ti­bet praised Ram­lutch­man for this no­ble ini­tia­tive and gave his un­con­di­tional sup­port for the pro­ject.

‘Ram­lutch­man made a com­mit­ment to the late Swami Sa­ha­jananda to un­der­take the in­stal­la­tion of at least eight Si­vananda Peace Pil­lars across South Africa, but has gone on to sur­pass the fig­ure promised.’

In KZN, Peace Pil­lars have al­ready been un­veiled in Ton­gaat, Em­pan­geni, Ulundi, Gingindlovu, Clare Es­tate, Mount Edg­combe, Hluh­luwe-iM­folozi Park, Phoenix, eSikhaleni, Lady­smith, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Dur­ban, Grey­town and eShowe.

This his­toric mon­u­ment is sup­ported by the pro­vin­cial her­itage agency AMAFA.

Plaques of the fol­low­ing will also be in­stalled as part of the mon­u­ment:

• His­tory of the In­dian in­den­tured labour­ers

• His­tory of the first Coloureds

• His­tory of the Bo­ers/Afrikan­ers

• The pre­am­ble of the Con­sti­tu­tion

• Life and times of His Majesty, King Good­will Zwelithini Ka-BhekuZulu

• Life and times of for­mer Pres­i­dent Nel­son Ro­hih­lahla Man­dela.

Busi­ness­man and founder of the Si­vananda Peace Pil­lar Foun­da­tion, Ish­war Ram­lutch­man, con­grat­u­lates His Majesty King Good­will Zwelithini KaB­hekuZulu at the un­veil­ing of the mon­u­ment

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