Delegates at the Impendle Thought Leadership Dialogue/ Session
The Democracy Development Program in partnership with the Independent Electoral Commission and Impendle Local Municipality hosted a community dialogue and a celebration of the heritage month on the 23rd of September 2022 at KwaMaphanga Hall in Gomane, Mpendle. This event looked How has the introduction of a new democracy affected our heritage and culture.
The aim of this event was to:
Create a conducive space for stakeholder engagement on heritage as a national question and a unifying factor.
Provide a platform for analysts to guide and enlighten the general public about the importance of heritage in the construction of a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.
Forge strategic partnerships between the IEC and civil society, municipalities, and social cohorts with an aim of entrenching a culture of democracy and promoting peace and tolerance.
Celebrate diversity through dialogue
Provide a platform for the audience to share their experiences on different cultural practices, the such establishment of traditional councils, virginity inspection, live-stock breeding & theft, ilobolo, etc.
This dialogue was attended by the traditional leadership, the Mayor of Impendle Local Municipality Cllr. Mlaba. The guest speaker for the day was Political Commentator, Thobani Zikalala, and the program was directed and facilitated by civil society veteran and Director of ASEFSA, Sthembiso Madlala.
Rise Mzansi KZN Convener, Nonkululeko Hlongwane-Mhlongo, IFP President VF Hlabisa, DDP's Partner Liaison and Development Officer Mbalenhle Mkhize and Executive Director Dr. Paul Kariuki at the DDP Civic Education Conference.