The JL Dube Legacy Project sod-turning ceremony was a huge success as all stakeholders agreed that DR JL Dube’s life-long dream for the development of the Inanda area was being realised.
This is the second phase and will include the construction of the arts and culture amphitheatre, access driveway including parking and fencing of the Dube homestead. The first phase, which comprised of the gravesite rehabilitation, the restoring of his house, construction of the interpretative centre and the Tower of Hope dedicated to JL Dube’s life, was completed in 2012.
EThekwini Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo, said that it is an honour to launch this project as the Dube family had played a significant role in the liberation of the South African people. “Today brings about a moment of pride and joy because these upgrades will ensure the preservation of the most critical element of our history. A history told by direct living descendants, comrades and friends of our then tower of hope.” Nxumalo said that as the country celebrates 20 years of democracy, Government has done a lot to bridge the gap between the developed and underdeveloped areas, however, a lot still needs to be done to eradicate poverty, exploitation and inequality.
Minister of Arts and Culture Department, Mr. Paul Mashatile, said the JL Dube Heritage Legacy Project will create a public space not only for reflecting on the past but also for facilitating all-round community development. He said that as part of the project, there are planned initiatives to support youth empowerment, arts and culture training as well as entrepreneurship development.
“We are delighted that this project continues to yield significant socio-economic benefits to the community of Inanda. We are also confident that this project will be a major boost for local tourism, providing further employment, training and economic opportunities for the people of this area, including the youth.”
Musa Mngoma, an Inanda resident, said that the community was proud of the development and the fact that it will bring job opportunities.
It is envisaged that the project will cost R65m and will create 185 contract and 35 permanent jobs. In addition, 14 small, medium and micro enterprises are expected to benefit at various stages of the project.