The Number 43 Trelawney Park kwaMagogo Legacy Project is a product of a very successful publication of the same title, in 2007. The Legacy Project primarily gives ownership to the total liberation of the continent, affords a platform to recognise and provide knowledge on the contribution of the peoples of the Southern African region and the world.
Number 43 Trelawney Park is a house situated in Swaziland that has strong links to South Africa’s struggle history for freedom. The house is rich in history and heritage both in a political sense as well as a portrait of a South African family in a postcolonial Swaziland. The Number 43 Trelawney Park Legacy Project was initiated and run by the Number 43 Trelawney Park kwaMagogo Foundation.
At the heart of this Momentous Celebration is the inherent obligation to recognise those who led the way, took up the spear and blazed the path to today’s South Africa – Amahlahlandlela. This is a Zulu word, meaning pioneers. There is no doubt that this celebration reaches and touches everyone both in the region and beyond. We have no doubt that you would want to be a part of it.
This pioneering spirit, drove people, including the architects of Number 43, 50 years ago – namely, uButhongo and uMakgomo Masilela, when they left South Africa protesting against Bantu Education and settled at Number 43. As history would have it, their relocation from South Africa would provide an important and strategic outpost for the liberation movement against the sinister apartheid regime.
In this regard, the Number 43 Trelawney Park Foundation seeks the assistance and support of people’s of the world, towards the annual hosting of this historical event. The event offers invaluable exposure and networking opportunities for all participants. Over the years it has been running, it developed untold amount of networking, both in social and commercial sense.
It is now traditionally hosted over a period of two days, attracting over 2,000 participants from across the globe. Over the two days there are five activities, namely: Golf, 10km Legacy Walk and Run, Magogoism a charity activity where we feed the community and give food parcels and blankets to 43 destitute families, Legacy Public Lecture. The latter event attracts much sort out speakers from both sides of the border, in a very Royal setting, enjoying a backdrop of the magnificent Mdzimba Mountains. Previous speakers include President Jacob Zuma of South Africa (2007), Former Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Themba Masuku (2009), Maria Ramos (2010), Cheryl Carolus (2011), Monhla Hlahla (2012), Graca Machel (2013), Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, Sydney Mufamadi, amongst others.
After much consideration and following the President’s statement, the Number 43 Foundation has taken the unprecedented step to roll-over, for the first time in more than 12 years, its Annual Legacy Events.
The 43inSA Golf Event now shifts to the 16 April 2021, whilst the Legacy Event shifts to the 18-19 June 2021. The theme and line up of speakers remains unchanged, namely, in alphabetical order: The Family of Bantu Stephen Biko, Candice Mama, Delphine Govender, Gogo Esther Mahlangu (Dr), Katlego Mbele, Manzini Choir, Ntsikwane, Sho Madjozi, Unathi, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV, Isebantu Kyabazinga wa Busoga, from Uganda. To be added next year, will be the Family of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.
Fortunately, we intend keeping the original date of June 20, for a focused prayer and delivery of gifts to the Lutheran Church in Swaziland. On the 27th June, we intend repeating that at the residence of Gogo Esther Mahlangu, for the benefit of the Mpumalanga community.
We are happy to announce that the majority of our sponsors did not only agree to roll-over their donations to 2021, they also noted that money in the bank does not help anyone. Instead, they saw the value of a higher cause for a greater good. They offered that the Foundation continues to deploy the money already committed to the deserving causes. They will contribute afresh next year. We will remain eternally grateful to these sponsors. That means the good cause is not compromised, and rightfully so at this time of dire need, with the distribution of food packs, blankets for winter, clothing of the poor and the distribution of books to deserving schools, under the banner of Magogoism. This is consistent with the spirit of Magogoism, of giving and sharing – selflessly. It is now that the needy require our support even more.
We deeply apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, in particular, to our sponsors and participants. But, as you will well agree, these are extremely extraordinary times, which require extraordinary measures. We strongly believe that this is what uMagogo would have also advised. The Foundation is deeply sensitive to the devastating impact that COVID-19 is causing around the world, both physically and emotionally. The key premise is the health and safety of our guests, sponsors as well as other partners. Our thoughts go to all those affected across South Africa and the entire globe.
We would like to thank you, most humbly, for your honest understanding, the unreserved support and firm belief in the good cause of Number 43, over the years. We promise to continue with the cause, even during this difficult period