Gandhi memorial at Kedar Heritage Lodge, Rustenburg
The Recreation Africa group is pleased to announce that they unveiled the memorial to the political and spiritual leader, Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi at Kedar Heritage Lodge, near Rustenburg, on Saturday 19th September, 2015.
This monument (by sculptor, Adam Madebe, and architect, Nico Wessels), not only commemorates Heritage Month in South Africa but also the 100th anniversary of the return of Gandhi from South Africa to India (1915 – 2015) and the service and sacrifice of Gandhi, the Indian army and the Natal Indians in the South African War (Anglo Boer War).
Until now, there has been relatively little to recall and honour the Indian contribution in the South African War. Gandhi rightfully deserves to be included as a person of prominence in the war pantheon, alongside such personalities as Winston Churchill, Paul Kruger and Jan Smuts. Mohandas Gandhi, the Anglo Boer War stretcher bearer and spokesman for the South African Indian community – and, of course, a global champion for human rights – now has a prominent place where his South African struggle and contribution will be remembered.
The Indian High Commissioner to South Africa, Her Excellency, Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam, delivered a heartfelt address about Gandhi to invited guests at the unveiling ceremony which highlighted Gandhi’s numerous sacrifices and the significance of his inspiration in many diverse contexts.
Invited guests were also addressed by Recreation Africa Group Executive Chairman Mr. Robert R. Forsyth followed by the delivery of an informative lecture from Deputy Director: Immovable Heritage at City of Johannesburg, Mr. Eric. Itzkin. It was a truly auspicious occasion which saw a gathering of many delegates from across the globe including representatives from the Indian 5 star hotel chain ITC Hotels (Mr. Gautum Anand, Mr. Rajat Khatri and Mr. Rishi Singh).
Entertainment was in part provided by the impressive Lavani Dance Group who traveled from India for this momentous occasion.
The Lavani Dance Group performed a combination of traditional song and dance to the beats of Dholki, a percussion instrument.
The commemoration ended with a flavorful formal dinner which was prepared by Recreation Africa chefs; Ryan Houston (South Africa), Ottam Singh and Sabbir Ahmed (both from New Delhi, India).
Kedar Heritage Lodge remains committed to the preservation and promotion of South Africa’s rich heritage holistically, by giving acknowledgment to all groups who form part of the South African War history.
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For more information call Rodney Weinrich 011 950 6025 or 083 325 4833 or email email@example.com visit us on www.recreationafrica.co.za