Some of the guests at the anniversary which included Gandhi’s granddaughter, Ela Gandhi and Logie Naidoo, former deputy mayor.
The Gandhi Development Trust, in partnership with several organisations, commemorated the 71st anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, in Whetstone, Phoenix, last Wednesday.
Diverse religious groups, non-profit organisations, community-based organisations and schools were in attendance. Discussions about the value of language as a bearer of culture and language as a unifier, specifically the isiZulu language were the agenda of the day.
Prof Sihawu Ngubane of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) led the discussions. Talks about how to reclaim the importance of language and culture were presented to the attendees.
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The commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the assassination of Gandhi highlighted the importance of the rest of the province speaking fluent isiZulu.
Ela Gandhi, chair of the Gandhi Development Trust, Samantha Govender, a teacher, Professor Sriam Kalyanaram of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Eric Apelgren of the eThekwini Municipality and Robin Sewlal, a Journalism lecturer at DUT, addressed host of attendees at the campaign.
The last 30 minutes of the campaign were concluded with a question and answer session, where the keynote speakers interacted with the audience.
Guests of the launch were given informative hand-outs to assist delegates on how to communicate in the isiZulu language.