The province’s rich heritage will be celebrated in a modern way by a 10km fun run linking the KwaZulu Cultural Museum at Ondini with the battlefield of Ulundi.
This will be held on Saturday, September 27, National Heritage Day.
“Our museum has the most outstanding collection of Zulu material culture and has recently been extensively renovated to bring it right up to democracy,” said Dudu Hlongwa, the Amafa museum’s education officer and organiser of this event.
“It’s located next to the partially-reconstructed royal residence of King Cetshwayo which was burned by British and Colonial forces who marched there as victors after the nearby battle of Ulundi on July 4, 1879.
“So participants in the fun run will be running in the footsteps of history.”
Other features of the day include masakanda music by local group Inyathi, Zulu beer tasting and storytelling of the events of the Anglo Zulu War in 1879 which ended with the battle of Ulundi.
The run will start at 8am at Ondini, registration at 7 am. Cost R2 per adult, R1 per child.
* The four major battlefield sites managed by Amafa and for which a small entrance fee is normally levied will be free to the public on National Heritage Day. These are Ondini, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop.