2023 – Justice for All & Celebration of Lives

This year’s Legacy Event was unprecedented and historic in many respects. It was the first Legacy Event to be hosted outside of the borders of Swaziland (Eswatini). It was held at Khaya Ibhubesi Conference Centre in Parys, 23-24 June 2023.

Secondly, the Event was engulfed by two significant deaths, in its long history, both, within the same week leading to the Event. This was deeply tragic and may their souls rest in peace.

First was the death of the Arch-architect of Number 43, uSolomon Buthongo Masilela, on the 19th of June, who died at the age of 98 years and 10 months. This was followed by the death of the Mother to our Guest Speaker, Mama Sally Motlana, on the morning of the Gala Dinner. This necessitated altering the programme significantly, to celebrate the lives that were lost. They shall both be dearly remembered.

Despite this unfortunate detour, once again, we were blessed with an illustrious assembly of guests of honour.

The Number 43 Legacy Event, had two trailblazing South Africans and guest speakers. First was the Retired Advocate Kgomotso Moroka SC, who dealt with the much elusive subject of Justice For All – Is it Too Late?. The other was Songezo Zibi, who dealt with the subject of What is the Economic Future of the African Youth? Both these themes sit at the heart of African development and civilisation.

The theme of this year, Justice for All, is a deeply emotional subject for the Masilela Family as it is the very and most most basic protection that our Mother, uMagogo, was denied – till her death.

Adv Kgomotso Moroka SC

Songezo Zibi


Mrs Priscilla Dipuo Ncube "Mancu"

2020 – Finally 2022 Culture&Freedom

This Event was historically unique, significant and emotionally special, having been postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19. It was a huge and momentous celebratory point in our time that we could still be together after such an unprecedented scourge. The rude interruption by COVID-19 felt like a deeply painful and scary journey back from the brink.

At this occasion, we recognised three icons of our history as it relates to Culture&Freedom. They were bestowed with the, now much coveted, Magogo Award. The first two icons are critical to our struggle for liberation, none other than Bantu Stephen Biko and Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, who were bestowed, posthumously. These recognitions were made even more special with Number 43, by the significance of their timing. If it was not for the unfortunate intervention of COVID-19, Biko would have been recognised in 2020 and Sobukwe in 2021 – where we would have, respectively, commemorated 43 years since they passed under the brutish apartheid regime. These are truly historic recognitions.

The third, was uGogo Esther Mahlangu (Dr), a gentle giant of Ndebele cultural preservation through her sacred Ndebele hand art (Umgwalo). This is a skill that has been passed down many generations, which she continues to do with a passion – passing it on to others. She is now the global Grandmother of art and colour. UGogo was recognised for her role in upholding culture in the post-1994 South Africa.

The celebration and recognition of these icons marked a unique chapter, in understanding the values that informed the story of the liberation of South Africa, by the world. It was a great occasion to celebrate.

Joining this list of illustrious icons, was our agitator for this year’s Business Roundtable Breakfast, Delphine Govender, Owner, Chief Investment Officer of Perpetua Investment Managers. Her participation was truly unique, where she shared with the audience, mostly young, her role in business, as a young, black female professional. Given the context of this year’s theme, she will pay attention to economic and financial freedom.

In preparing for this event we could not ignore the context within which it was happening, as the social and political landscape is rapidly changing – both within South Africa and the rest of the continent. It was interesting how these developments coincided with a theme that was decided close to year earlier.

It was found appropriate to remind ourselves of the power of values and how these carried us in the past and will continue to do so, way into our futures. We will remind ourselves of how our war was fought on many fronts for pertinent freedoms, such as: political freedom; economic freedom; intellectual freedom; cultural freedom; as well as Dignity.

Underpinning these, was culture, in whatever way we define it, which in turn drives political behaviour, company values, household and societal success.

We continue to define, experience and use culture in various ways. It continues to influence the way we behave in the household, at school, in institutions of higher learning, in religion, in the workplace as well as in politics. It shapes the way in which we relate to each other and amongst us and other peoples.

This year’s logo was most appropriate. It is the thumb print of uButhongo, the Arch architect of Number 43 … signifying South Africa’s first democratic election and his subtle hand in the struggle for our FREEDOM.

In support of the theme, this year’s dress code was traditional attire with a shade of yellow – Ndebele yellow.

Bantu Stephen Biko

Delphine Govender

Gogo Esther Mahlangu (Dr)

Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

Cas Coovadia

Sipho Cleopas Dlamini,
Prime Minister

Themba Masuku,
Deputy Prime Minister

Ntsikwane, Serenade

Patron, Absalom Themba Dlamini

Nkosinathi on Sacrifice

Then COVID-19 Gripped the World (2020 and 2021)

Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini

Nardos Bekele Co-launching
Number 43 COVID-19 Journey

Life under a
Different Lock-down

Friends of Number 43

Dumisani Masilela

DPM Themba Masuku

2019 Church&State – Religion&Politics

The theme was most appropriate, for today’s social and political developments in our region – ‘CHURCH&STATE – Religion&Politics’. It was quite important to remind us of the role played by these two institutions, towards the liberation of South Africa as well as how they will continue to influence our lives across the Southern African region – for generations to come.  It is the same relationship that gave birth to the migration from Soweto to Number 43 Trelawney Park, in 1965, when uButhongo and uMakgomo staged a protest against the atrocious system of Bantu education. A new movement was born. (see Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo pg 3)

This theme was also meant to celebrate the latest project of the Number 43 Foundation, the historic launch (September 2018) of the now much sought after book, LARRY – Simply Larry. This tells the story of the power of faith in building the lives of many boys, converting them to men, in Swaziland (now Eswatini), South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. In this short space of time, the book has come to be referred to as the True Book of Life. It is faith that kept the Number 43 movement alive, focused and determined for over 40 years, in exile. Fr Larry McDonnell was at the centre of this epoch changing liberation of South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

UMagogo was honoured by a highly spiritual contgent of Men (and Women) of the cloth, from both South Africa and Swaziland.

Archbishop Emeritus
Desmond Tutu

Fr Laurence Larry McDonnell

Rev Frank Chikane

Fr Simangaliso Mkhatshwa

Hon Prime Minister,
Ambrose Dlamini

Dr Jarrad G Wright

Siza Mzimela

Bishop Jose

Noluthando Buthelezi

Prince Guduza delivered Royal Message

2018 The Power of Music

The theme for this particular year, ‘Celebrating the Power of Music’ was quite apt as we were going through a bump in our governance, globally. We thought a little spice of music and reminding ourselves of how more difficult times were overcome in the past, was most appropriate. As the African idiom goes, ‘When we are sad we sing, when we are happy we sing, when someone is born we sing, when someone dies we sing.’ Even when uMagogo died we sang.

Music has always been a centrepiece and remains an integral part of the Masilela family. “[It] was key in keeping and binding the family values which were characterised by a deep fear of God.” (Number 43 @50 pg 53) Our history would not be complete if we did not honour the role and impact of music in our lives. The 10th Legacy Event will be strengthened with the introduction of two extra events, including a jazz night.

In honour of uMagogo, a distinguished assembly of music icoms, from both South Africa and Swaziland, graced the occasion. They staged the most historic Jazz Night – free of charge.

Prof JP Landman

Hugh Masekela

Nolo Letele

Jonas Gwangwa

Lebo M

Mbongeni Ngema

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse



Itallo Dlamini

2017 Underage – Youth as Agents of Change

The 2017 theme of UNDERAGE; Celebrating Youth as Agents of Change, draws from the very foundations of the existence of Number 43. Children defined Magogo and Buthongo’s love for life. The migration from Soweto to Swaziland in 1965, was in search for a better education for their children. Every sacrifice since then, was towards the fulfilment of this dream. The importance of children and education has always been the centrepiece in this historical journey. To this day, we clearly observe the role our youth have defined for themselves in the dynamic of our socio-economic lives.

In the history of Number 43, Youth straddles that of yesteryear, pivoted by the year 1976, and that of today. Given this inter-generational Youth complex, this year’s event took the format of a panel discussion, of youth from across time, with questions from the floor.

To acknowledge the role played by our children in charting a new path, the Number 43 Foundation recognised the four girls of Pretoria Girls High, for their BLACK HAIR MUST RISE MOVEMENT in 2016.

There would be no better year to celebrate our youth. It is:

Min Jeff Radebe

Princess Sikhanyiso

Khanyisile Mbukwane

Siboniso Madlopha

Prof Pitika Ntuli

Bobo Maseko

Tshepo Mahloele

Sifiso Buthelezi

Prince Masitsela

2016 Celebrating Widows of the Struggle

The 2016 theme drew from the recognition of mothers and wives of the struggle, who suffered immensely under the direct emotional and physical torture of the apartheid regime. This year, the Masilela Family and the Foundation recognised the ‘Widows of Our Struggle’under the theme ‘Angekhe Salibala – We Shall Never Forget’.

The Annual Legacy Event continues to celebrate and recognise the works and sacrifices of our history-makers – The Pioneers. We shall never forget their sacrifices. This history lives on, deeply etched in our memories. It was an honourable and proud moment to recognise those who rocked the cradle whilst guns were blazing.

Zanele Mbeki

Sis Busi Glory Masilela

Felicia Dlodlo

Dudu Fakudze

Annah Maseko

Totsie Memela

Faith Mhlongo

Stella Moabi

Carla Motau

Grace Tabane

Lilly Vilakazi


Royal Message Prince David

Khanyisile Kweyama

Jayendra Naidoo

2015 Celebrating Pioneers – Number 43 @ 50 Years in Swaziland

Befitting this year’s event, we have invited three Heads of State, of countries immediately instrumental in the origination, development and preservation of this Legacy. There would be no better way of recognising the achievements of the past half century. Also as part of this historic celebration, the event recognised significant individuals and institutions – who were iconic in shaping our history and/or have utilised the new South Africa for the betterment of societies around them.

His Majesty King Mswati III

President Jacob Zuma

President Filipe Nyusi

Commander in Chief of MK,
Cde. Oliver R Tambo

Solly Mahlangu

John Kgoana Nkadimeng

Lesetja Kganyago

Chef Wamu Wamukelwe

Bishop Mandlenkhosi Zwane

Lutheran Church in Manzini

Salesian School

Mergence Investment Managers

2014 Magogoism – Do it for the cause… for ‘a life well lived’ MADIBA

Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

Sydney Mufamadi

Bobby Godsell

Victor Mtolo Fakudze

2013 It is Special – showcasing the fruits of this liberation & Bholoja CD Launch

Majesty King Mswati III

Graca Machel

Dr Kgao Legodi

Snr Prince Masitsela

Tom & Dorah Nhleko

Reuben Rantlha

2012 Role of a Woman in our Economic Development in South Africa’s Centenary Year

Monhla Hlahla

Underage Serenade

2011 Women, Family and Politics: A Careful Balancing Act

Cheryl Carolus

Harith Fund Managers

2010 Tribute to uMagogo

Maria Ramos

2009 Be Proud of the Legacy

Snana Dlamini

Snr Prince Masitsela

Fr Larry Laurence McDonnell

Brig Fonono Dvuba

Mr Themba Masuku

Minister of Tourism,
MacFord Nsibandze

2007 Number 43 Historic Book Launch

King Sobhuza II KBE

His Majesty King Mswati III

Deputy President
Jacob Zuma of the ANC

Dr AT Dlamini

Snr Prince Masitsela

Chicks Nkosi

Lutfo Dlamini

General Jabu Shoke

Itallo Dlamini

JP Landman

Felicia Azande Dlodlo

Muntu Mswane