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NATIONAL NUMBER 086 123 1211
                                                                                          Email:      kirshen@kncoinc.Co.Za
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                                                                              Maidens gather in Southern Natal                      National Number: 086 123 1211
                                                                              for the annual Umgubho Wezintombi                     Email:  /
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                mgubho Wezintombi, or the Maidens   pertaining to their culture and coming of   a rare look into this Zulu tradition by joining   Rebecca Solomon - Mobile: 082 056 1479
                Ceremony as it’s popularly known,   age, as well as respect for their parents and   the ceremony on July 8, 2017 at KwaNyuswa,
                is a traditional Zulu event that takes   community and how to look after themselves   Ezinqoleni.
         Uplace every July in Natal.        in this ever-changing modern world.
                                                                               The Maidens Ceremony attracts increased
          Girls come from all over the country to   This practice is still strongly believed in and   attention from international visitors and last                              We make your business
          participate in the formal maiden dance that    the girls dress in traditional wear with beads.   year’s event was attended by travellers from
          celebrates their purity. It also allows the                          Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.                                                                  our business so you
          participants the chance to perform in the hope   “The Maiden Ceremony is very important,”
          of being chosen for inclusion in the famous   says Londiwe Nzame a teacher from Umtata   The Reed Dance takes place in September                                        can focus on prosperity
          annual Reed Dance.                who took part in the ceremony when she was   each year at Nyokeni royal palace in
                                            twenty one. “It helps to guide us as young   KwaNongoma, northern KwaZulu-Natal.
          Maidens from all over the Natal South Coast’s   girls, informing us how to look after ourselves                                                                         and success.
          Ugu district take part in the celebrations, most   and how to not get sick or pregnant early.”
          of them coming from the KwaNyuswa area,                              Directions:
          west of Durban.                   Before the ceremony the girls sing from inside   Drive along N2 towards Harding, turn right
                                            the homestead as a sign to show that they   on D1084.
          The week before the ceremony, the girls, some   are still under their parents’ supervision and   Visitors who would like to drive in convoy with   Our Offices
          as young as eleven, are kept in a special lodge   guidance. After the ceremony the community   Ugu South Coast Tourism personnel,                                                                   Delivering exceptional and
          until the day of the ceremony.    get together for a feast of meats and   are requested to meet at the Ugu South Coast    Durban            Bloemfontein                 Johannesburg
                                            umqombothi, traditional Zulu beer.  Tourism Head Office, 16 Bisset Street, Port         19 St Thomas Road  Suite 7 Canterbury Park, 67 President   3rd Floor Block B Sandton Close   outstanding legal services
          While tucked away from society the elder                             Shepstone at 8am, Saturday the July 8, 2017.         Musgrave Durban   Reitz Avenue Westdene Bloemfontein  2 Corner 5th Street And Norwich
          women from the community counsel the   Visitors, local and international, are invited                                     Ph: 031 201 9366  Ph: 051 430 0137             Close Sandton Ph: 011 784 1279  since 1998
          young maidens on values and etiquette   to delve into the Zulu culture and experience

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