MAGQUBU NTOMBELA ANNUAL LECTURE TACKLESCULTURAL DIVERSITY
By: Winston Sibanda
The 4th edition of the MagqubuNtombela – Ian Player lecture took a stance to look at how cultural diversity has hindered environmental conservation on Thursday, 26th September.
Head of Parks and RecreationThembisoNgcobo opened the sessionas he acknowledged the living legends who attended the event for their contribution in a bid for a clean environment. They were involved in a cleanup campaign along the beach. He also acknowledged the guest speaker,DrMpilo Pearl Sithole, for being involved in different community projects.
He condemned some of the citizens for abusing recreational facilities. “Some of our fellow citizens have turned facilities like the beach into bedrooms. They are abusing facilities which we were given by nature,“he said.
One of the key players of this lecture,Dr Ian Player, sent a video message. He highlighted that communication among cultures and race groups should not be an issue. Relating to his experiences he saidthathe and Ntombelaused actions to communicate in a bid to save the environment since they were from different race groups.
DrSithole focused on the issue of activism. She said that today’s communities are divided in terms of class. Touching on some experiences she has encountered, she added that during some of her outreach programs most business people were not keen to help as they felt the initiative did not bring profit to their organizations.
She focused on the issue of communication among culture.“Social cohesion need to be the foundation of everything that we do,”Sithole said.
Sithole looked at elite activism and communal activism. In her address she said that these two types of activism are now linked with class. People no longer understand each other in their diverse beings. She urged people to ask themselves the “why” question as it always involves the environment. She attacked human kind for pointing fingers at rhino poachers without trying to understand the route of the problem. Sithole blamed the elite class for speaking down on others in the name of modernization. She said the environment is suffering because humans do not understand each other, they all view themselves as saints.
According to an anti-rhino activist,SandileMasondo, communication is weak among black people. He said that he took a 3000km walk around South Africa in a bid to promote African languages. His walks are a form of communication. Hehas walked toMount Kilimanjaro in an anti-rhino poaching campaign.
In closing remarks, Dr MusaGumede the Deputy city manager, said that morality is dependent on the environment. He urged the people to partner with the MagqubuNtombela Trust to promote conservation.