A MEMORIAL, CORONATION, ENGAGEMENT AND A WEDDING: A ROYAL AFFAIR
by Stella Sigcau
15 October 2019
September and October months were very busy in the royal calendars throughout South Africa with heritage events hosted by Traditional leaders to promote their unique cultures and heritage whilst contributing to culture and rural development as well as tourism.
Photo: Nkhosi Mahumane coronated
To mention a few AmaMpondo celebrated their annual Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival, amaBhaca celebrated umkhosi wokukhahlela, amaHlubi celebrated the King Langalibalele Day, amaNtlane from Centane commemorated their local hero Nkosi Nqabane kaNtlane.
The famous Zulu Reed dance and the commemoration of Nkosi James Senzakhona Mahlangu of the Ndebele Kingdom also took place during this period. Apart from these heritage activities there were other significant royal affairs that attracted people from various walks of life who came to witness also culture and heritage, namely, an unveiling of a memorial monument, a royal engagement, a coronation and a royal wedding that saw relations created between two Kingdoms and between two countries.
Photo: Unveiling of Monument in honour of Nkosi Ntsikayezwe Sigcau. Also present were MEC Lubabalo Madikizela, Deputy Minister Capa, Princess Stella Sigcau II, Princess Zisanda Ndema, Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau, King Mampuru III and Bishop Dabula
A memorial monument was erected courtesy of the Department of arts, culture and recreation of the Eastern Cape in honour of the role King Botha Sigcau’s son, an ANC liberation activist Nkosi Ntsikayezwe Sigcau played in the liberation struggle.
At the event that was attended by multitudes of people, the monument was unveiled by the Eastern Cape MeC of Public Works, Mr Lubabalo Madikizela on the 14 September 2019 at Lwandlolbomvu Great Place, Ntabankulu in the Mpondo Kingdom after having been blessed by the revered Methodist Bishop DD Dabula. Paying tribute to Nkosi Ntsikayezwe Sigcau was the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development Ms Rosemary Capa.
Dignitaries in attendance included the Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders Nkosi Sipho Mahlangu, Deputy Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders Nkosikazi Nomandla Mhlauli, Former Ambassador to Canada Membathisi Mdladladlane, Imbumba yamakhosikazi akomkhulu Chairperson Queen Madosini Ndamase, Mayors including of Ntabankulu, Alfred Nzo, Port St Johns, royalty from various parts of South Africa as well as from Eswatini Kingdom to mention a few.
On the 3 October 2019, Hosi Khavhareni Aarone Mahumani was coronated by the Premier of Limpopo Mr Stanley Mathabatha in Giyani at an august ceremony attended by people from various parts of South Africa as well as Mozambique. Dignitaries included representatives from the legal fraternity of which Hosi Mahumane belongs to, Bishop Lekganyane of the ZCC, Nkosi Jongilanga Sigcau who is the Chairperson of the Alfred Nzo Local house of Traditional Leaders, Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders Nkosi Sipho Mahlangu, Contralesa Chairperson Kgosi Mokoena, King Sekwati Mampuru of the Pedi Kingdom (Jane Furse) and Paramount Chief Ramabulana of the Venda Kingdom. The event showcased Shangaan cultural heritage and specifically that of Nkomo mahumane community. The guests were entertained by various traditional dance groups and artists as well as the ZCC brass band.
Photo: Prince Njongoziphezulu Madikizela and his fiance Sibusisiwe Mthethwa getting engaged
On the 4th of October 2019, cultural celebrations uniting the Bathethwa and amaLunga clans through the engagement of the son of the late PAC activist Prince Vuyani Madikizela, Prince Njongoziphezulu and the Mthethwa princess Sibusisiwe took place.
On the 12 October His majesty King Makhosonke Mabhena of the Ndebele Kingdom in South Africa married Lesotho Princess Sekhothali Seeiso at an elegant ceremony in Maseru Lesotho which showcased both Basotho and Ndebele cultures. In attendance was also the king of Lesotho His majesty King Letsie III.
Judging from these, royal affairs and the institution of Traditional Leadership continue to occupy relevant space in particular in cultural diplomacy, cultural tourism and rural development whilst also playing an essential role in the preservation of individual cultures and heritage and in promotion of unity in a diversity of cultures.
Photo: King Makhosonke and his Queen Lesotho Princess Sekhothali Seeiso