Let’s look Forward To UMthayi Marula Festival 2019

iSimangaliso Wetland Park(Kosi Bay) Manguzi– Preparations for the 9th edition of the UMthayi Marula Festival also known as Umkhosi Wamaganu, gained further momentum when festival organizers released the final programme to media and key stakeholders at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in Kosi Bay.

The event was attended by dignitaries from the royal family led by iNkosi Israel Mabhudu Tembe, local government led by His Worship the Mayor of UMkhanyakude District Municipality Cllr Solomon Mkhombo and Cllr Nkululeko Mthethwa the Mayor of uMhlabuyalingana.

This year, the programme will include activations across the UMkhanyakude District, a rural economy seminar and various ancestral activities at the Emfihlweni palace. Amongst these is the annual ukuvuselelwa kothango (fixing of the hedge ceremony) which takes place during the week in the build up to the main event where villagers present the buganu harvest to iNkosi Israel Mabhudu Tembe.

‘We are pleased to be hosting this launch with our sponsors iSimangaliso Wetland Park and to be releasing this programme together with the KwaZulu-Natal government (Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Arts and Culture) as well as UMkhanyakude District and uMhlabuyalingana municipalities.  Said iNkosi Israel Mabhudu Tembe

This year’s programme will leave a long lasting legacy in Kwangwanase and greater UMkhanyakude district and further cement relations with our neighbours Mozambique and eSwatini. The inaugural rural economy seminar is closest to my heart as it is one such programme which I believe this will be a catalyst for real local economic development and inclusion for our people. This seminar will bring to Kwangwanase an economic development and awareness revolution which the youth, particularly unemployed youth and communities at large are in need of. ‘He continued to jubilant ululating from the crowd.

The programme received a nod from iSimangaliso Wetland Park Chief Executive, Sibusiso Bukhosini and other stakeholders who have played an integral part in staging a formidable 9th UMthayi Marula Festival.

‘We are thrilled to partner with the Tembe Royal Council, local structures and agencies in jointly promoting the area of Kwangwanase through major tourist attraction events such as UMthayi Marula Festival and are excited to welcome visitors looking to explore the multitude of attractions which our spectacular destination has to offer during and beyond the festival.’ said Sibusiso Bukhosini CEO of iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site which extends from the Mozambique border at Kosi Bay to south of Maphelane, incorporating over 200km of pristine coastal forest and eight interlinking ecosystems.

The main event will be held at the Emfihlweni Palace in Kwangwanase on 23 February later this month. The event is expected to be attended by government leaders, business as well as famous celebrities.

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