King: help build uni­fied SA

Ed­u­ca­tion hailed as the way to im­prove so­ci­ety and qual­ity of life

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI

PUPILS in Kwazulu-natal need to work to­gether to achieve an ex­cel­lent pass rate this year and build a more uni­fied so­ci­ety, says King Good­will Zwelithini.

He ad­dressed school prin­ci­pals from Umlazi, Pine­town and Ilembe at the Beth­saida

Min­istries In­ter­na­tional Church in Phoenix on Fri­day.

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion used the oc­ca­sion to launch ma­tric win­ter classes to help Grade 12 pupils pre­pare for ex­ams.

“You’ve been given an op­por­tu­nity to be in charge of our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. It is ed­u­ca­tion that makes life bet­ter. It all starts at school. Teach­ing is the most im­por­tant role in the world as you in­flu­ence the think­ing and suc­cess of our chil­dren,” he said.

The king said ev­ery­one in so­ci­ety needed to en­sure re­la­tion­ships were built at schools around the com­mon goal of up­lift­ing the coun­try.

He said teach­ers should en­gage him when­ever they had chal­lenges. “When I was grow­ing up in Kwa-non­goma, prin­ci­pals from Zu­l­u­land had a re­la­tion­ship with my fa­ther, King Cyprian.

“They used to come to the palace and dis­cuss the chal­lenges they faced. I am open to that. Be my friends, come to me; let’s all work to get good re­sults in schools and so­ci­ety,” he said.

As a good­will ges­ture, King Zwelithini brought two cows to the venue for the ben­e­fit of the prin­ci­pals.

In the spirit of build­ing race re­la­tions, this week for­mer ra­dio per­son­al­ity Jac­inta Ngob­ese made a sim­i­lar call on Wed­nes­day, launch­ing the We Are One fes­ti­val.

The event, which be­gan in 2016, re­turns this year with more pro­grammes, in­clud­ing sports seg­ments.

Ngob­ese said the fes­ti­val pro­moted pos­i­tive re­la­tions be­tween res­i­dents of Kwamashu and Phoenix, with the em­pha­sis on har­mony and tol­er­ance among the var­i­ous races, re­li­gions and eth­nic­i­ties.

“Town­ships are looked down upon – peo­ple don’t think they have any­thing to of­fer. There are two things I know that bring peo­ple to­gether: sport and mu­sic. We’ve built this fes­ti­val around them,” said Ngob­ese.

The two-day fes­ti­val will start on June 23 with a fun walk named af­ter En­ergy Min­is­ter Jeff Radebe, who is from Kwamashu.

A rugby match be­tween the Sharks and Chee­tahs will be fol­lowed by a clash be­tween Dur­ban PSL teams Amazulu and Golden Ar­rows at Princess Ma­gogo sta­dium.

Ngob­ese re­called her in­ter­view with Sod­wana Bay guest house owner An­dre Slade, who made head­lines when he barred black peo­ple from his venue in 2016.

“He said a few not-so-nice things about black peo­ple, and a lot of peo­ple were an­gry with him. But I did not hate him be­cause he is also a vic­tim of the cir­cum­stances in which he was raised.

“This is why I de­cided so­cial co­he­sion must start with young peo­ple. They are the fu­ture.

“If you want to change this coun­try and make it more united, start with the young,” said Ngob­ese.

The fes­ti­val ends on June 24 with a mu­si­cal con­cert at the Bridge City Mall.

PIC­TURE: SIBONELO NG­COBO

Busi­ness­man Vi­vian Reddy,we Are One founder Jac­inta Ngob­ese and Sharks chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Gary Te­ich­mann.

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