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Amampondo honour Mama Winnie Mandela

by Stella Sigcau

10 April 2018

Amampondo from all walks of life and from various provinces and beyond borders in their numbers ascended to Mama Winnie Mandela's home to pay their respects to Mama Winnie Mandela and to comfort her family during this difficult time.

Photo: Princess Stella Sigcau II with the Award, (left) Princess Zoliswa Ndamase Madlanga and (right) Ambassador Nomvuyo Nokwe

Mama Winnie Nomzamo Mandela, a struggle activist is also a princess from the Mpondo Kingdom.

In attendance were also representatives from the various Amampondo Kingdom Royal families and dignitaries including former South African Ambassador to Mauritius and current Secretary General of IORA Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe who is based in Mauritius, a liberation activist in her own right and daughter of the first black advocate and liberation stalwart Duma Nokwe who was from the Mpondo Kingdom and Prince Sonwabile Ndamase who is the founder of Madiba T Shirts and personal designer of the late Mama Winnie Mandela who is also a member of the Mpondo Royal family from Nyandeni Great Place.



Amampondo had honoured Mama Winnie Mandela by paying a live tribute in her honour when various Traditional Leaders and members of the various Mpondo Royal family visited her in her home in Orlando West last year bringing along gifts.

Photo: (l-r) Nkosi Langalivelile Madikizela, Princess Stella Sigcau II, former AU Chairperson and current Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Ambassador Nomvuyo Nokwe and Minister of Communication Nomvula Mokonyane

The visit was also used to inform her of the intentions of conferring the King Sigcau Bravery and Lifetime Award during the Mpondo Festival. She was so excited but due to ill health she couldn’t receive the Award in person. She was however honoured in absentia during the Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival in 2017.

At the time of her passing, amaMpondo members of the Royal family and organisers of the Mpondo Festival were planning on organising a high level delegation from the Mpondo Kingdom to travel to Soweto and hand over the Award to her. Amampondo used this visit to also hand over the King Sigcau Bravery and Lifetime Award to her family. Delivering words of comfort to the Mandela and Madikizela families on behalf of the delegation were Ambassador Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe, Prince Sonwabile Ndamase, Prince Bulelani Sigcau, Chief Langalivelile Madikizela and Mama Nomazotsho Ndamase. Handing over the Award on behalf of the Kingdom was the senior Princess of the Mpondo Kingdom Princess Stella Sigcau II daughter of the late liberation activist Nkosi Ntsikayezwe Sigcau and granddaughter of the late King Botha Manzolwandle Sigcau, who is also the Director and co-founder with her brother Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau of the Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival who coordinated this visit.






Photo: Princess Nomvuyo Cetywayo, Princess Gcobisa Madikizela Mbanjwa, Minister of Energy Hon Jeff Radebe, Princess Stella Sigcau II and Prince Bulelani Sigcau









Photo: Chief Langalivelile Madikizela, Princess Stella Sigcau II, Liberation activist Mama Petla and Ambassador Nomvuyo Nokwe






Photo: (l-r) Princess Nomzabalazo Holomisa Mzwakali, Prince Bulelani Sigcau, Princess Zoliswa Ndamase, Princess Stella Sigcau II with the Award, Ambassador Nokwe, Mr Lunga Dikoloti, Prince Sonwabile Ndamase and in front is Thembeka Wittes, a well known Mpondo musician.



August 2018







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