22 February 2017
Embargo: For Immediate Release
Attention: News/Assignment Editors, Political Reporters, Reporters
From: KZN Legislature Communications Unit
RE: OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE KZN LEGISLATURE – ADDRESS BY THE KING AND STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS
It’s all systems go for the Official Opening of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
His Majesty Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini will deliver a keynote address on the 28th February at the Royal Showgrounds.
The King’s address will be followed by the State of the Province Address which will be delivered by Premier Willies Mchunu on Wednesday 1st of March 2017.
Adding to the glamour and ceremony normally associated with the Official Opening of the Legislature, this year’s event will be characterised by the display of artefacts such as traditional beads, beer pots, shields etc.
This is to assist local craftsman to be able to showcase their workmanship to visitors who will be attending the Official Opening.
Notably, this year instead of having schoolchildren forming a guard of honour for His Majesty, this task will be performed by Zulu maidens and Amabutho on the first day.
Furthermore, His Majesty will be accompanied by his regimen drawn from local and other parts of Nongoma and it will be led by Induna Yezinsizwa, Mr Mgilija.
KZN Legislature endeavours to use this event to put the concept of “Unity in Diversity” into practice through involvement of the people of KwaZulu-Natal as the province remains a remarkable melting pot in the country and it fully subscribes to the notion of equal recognition of cultures.
The two-day event will be broadcast live in various media outlets including community radio stations, mainstream television stations and social media.
Members of the media are invited to attend.
Details of the Official Opening and State of the Province Address are as follows:
Dates : 28 February 2017 and 1st March 2017 (King’s Address and SOPA)
Time : 9am
Venue : Royal Showgrounds (Pietermaritzburg)
For more information please contact Wonder Hlongwa at 0829083532 or Sina Nxumalo 082906 0449.