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Music, dance, traditional food were part of the features that characterized the commemoration of Isivivane sikaShaka at KwaNomakhanzana on 26 October 2013. Umzumbe Municipality Mayor, Cllr ST Gumede together with his Deputy Cllr Nompilo Dlamini-Mweshe welcomed hundreds of people who snubbed the raid and became part of the Isivivane sikaShaka commemoration. The event took place under the auspices of the Department of Social and Economic Development.  

The history behind Isivivane sikaShaka is that Isivivane sikaShaka is heap of stone that traces the journey of the last expedition by King Shaka Zulu in May 1828. In September 1827 King Shaka sent spies to go and study the status of king Faku’s army in Pondoland which is now known as Eastern Cape with the aim of attacking. In October 1827 Queen Nandi passed away and the Zulu nation had to undergo year mourning.  

In May 1828 King Shaka sent his army to Pondoland which is now known as Eastern Cape. The army camped in several places and Isivivane at KwaQoloqolo was one their camp sites. The king Shaka named the river Mthwalume after crossing it as it has long steeply valley. Each soldier has to throw a stone in a marked place by the King and greet it as Sawubona Sivivane.  


The day started with time travel where men dressed in traditional attire and become amabutho to depict the journey as travelled by King Shaka and his amabutho in 1828. Amongst men there is one who depicts King Shaka, Ngomane and Mdlaka. They spend time in the veld singing and dancing for their “King”.

Addressing the people who attended the event, Umzumbe Mayor, Cllr ST Gumede said that this is but one of many ways we are preserving our history as Umzumbe Municipality. “It will be remembered that we have also done the history of St Helena where we went to find out how people who were prisoned there lived,” said Cllr Gumede. He urged the youth to observe the significance of Isivivane sikaShaka and never to look down at their own history, culture and tradition.

The event was done in partnership with Umzumbe tourism, Time Travel, Port Shepstone Twinning and Department of Arts and Culture. The event is meant to promote local economic tourism.

Isivivane sikaShaka commemorated with music and dance