Minister, Pravin Gordhan with Anand Jayrajh, Shirley Jayrajh and JS Singh.
The 1860 Indentured Labourers Foundation, Verulam commemorated the 10th anniversary of its establishment and the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
To mark these momentous occasions, the foundation arranged a Conference on Indenture with the theme, ‘From Indenture to Mandela and Freedom’.
The foundation hosted an extremely successful welcome/launch gala dinner at Coastlands, Umhlanga, on Friday.
The function was graced by guests of honour, minister of public enterprises, Pravin Gordhan and Councillor Fawzia Peer, deputy mayor of eThekwini.
Cllr Peer officially launched the commemorative brochure of the foundation ‘Girmit- Sustaining the Legacy.’
Minister Gordhan officially launched the Conference on Indenture.
In delivering his keynote address, among other issues, he outlined some of the critical events and mentioned many of the struggle stalwarts who were involved in the process of liberating South Africa from the tyranny of apartheid.
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He also referred to the many challenges facing South Africa, condemned corruption which is stemming the tide of progress and alluded to the monumental task of rooting it out.
He also highlighted the need for greater social cohesion stating that all oppressed people had joined together in the struggle for freedom.
On Saturday, November 17, a Conference on Indenture was held at Sastri College which was a resounding and monumental success and proved to be biggest one of its kind held in South Africa to date.
The guests commended the foundation on arranging exceptionally well organised functions and dubbed the conference itself as a historic and watershed one.
Six papers were delivered as well. Guests were also refreshed with morning and afternoon tea. The conference concluded with the passing of resolutions.