We would like to thank you for supporting the 15th (13th) Annual Legacy Event 2023 in Parys.
On behalf of the Number 43 Foundation, it gives me great pleasure, once again, to invite you to be part of this year’s Annual Legacy Event, which will be held 23-24 June 2023, at the Khaya Ibhubesi Conference Centre in Parys. You will note that we have presented this as the 15th Annual Event and 13th in brackets. At last year’s Event which was billed 12th, we were corrected that despite the COVID-19 disruption, the work of Number 43 continued uninterrupted. The only thing that changed was the format and that some parts were not delivered, owing to gathering restrictions. We are proud to say that the much-deserving beneficiaries were not forgotten. In fact, the coverage was more than doubled, thanks to our generous partners that continued to support these initiatives.
Whilst we were celebrating that the rude interruption by COVID-19 had been effectively shaken off, growing uncertainty in the Kingdom of Eswatini, meant that we have had to change the venue from its traditional setting. Thus the new venue for this year – Parys.
Parys is the fifth-largest city in the Free State province of South Africa.It is situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. The name of the city is the Afrikaans translation of Paris. The origin of the name ‘Parys’ is attributed to German surveyor Schilbach, who named it after the city of Paris because of the similarity between its location next to the Vaal River and that of Paris on the River Seine. The area of Parys also includes the two townships of Tumahole and Schonkenville.
Despite this unfortunate detour, once again, we will be having an illustrious assembly of guests of honour, to bless the occasion.
This year, at the 43 Foundation Legacy Event, we have two trailblazing South Africans and guest speakers. First will be Retired SC Kgomotso Moroka, who will deal with the much elusive subject of Justice For All – Is it Too Late?. The other will be Songezo Zibi, to deal 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 SC Moroka will deliver this year’s Annual Lecture at the Legacy Gala Dinner on the 24th, whilst Songezo will be the agitator at the Business Roundtable Breakfast on the 23rd.
In preparing for this event, we cannot ignore the context within which it is unfolding, as the social and political landscape is rapidly changing – both within South Africa and in the rest of the continent. We have no doubt that peoples across the continent would want to be part of this engagement. Even if you cannot make it, the deliberations will shared on-line soon after the gathering.
This theme is a deeply emotional subject for the Masilela Family as it the most fundamental protection that our Mother, uMagogo, was denied, till her death.
In support of this theme, this year’s dress code is academic gown, robe, hood & cap or strictly black & white, as well as collar for priests. The dress code is in recognition of the learned community – who kept us out of prison and ensured human rights were upheld, despite challenges that obtained, in those days!
We look forward, to yet another re-energising weekend for South Africa, Swaziland and the entire continent.