Yesterday I went to a ‘turning of the sod’ for a new High school here in Eshowe, which will be paid for by a number of Spanish NGOs (non-government organisation) and managed by the Eshowe Christian Action group. The ceremony was at a nearby primary school, and included some good zulu dancing by the kids.
Today there was an opening of the first skills centre / technical college in zululand, which cost R2.5M for the first stage, funded by AngloAmerican, a huge mining conglomerate, and a number of smaller donors, like the British Consulate in Durban, and Rotary International from Eshowe and Germany.
There was a veritable constellation of dignitaries there, headed by Prince Gideon Zulu, cousin of the King, and his son, Dr. Vincent Zulu, the minister for education in KwaZulu/Natal. The prince was a nice man, who wields tremendous power in the Inkatha Freedom Party. He was a good speaker, sensitive to his audience. He had to step in a couple of times during the ceremony when other government officials were more intent on taking a dig at the ANC or passing the buck onto other departments rather than just thanking everyone there and taking a look at the future.