Kwadukuza Municipality Garden

KwaDukuza Municipality, situated on the East Coast of KZN whose borders stretches from the Zinkwazi River in the north to the UThongathi River in the south, is one of four municipalities that make-up the  Ilembe District Municipality. KwaDukuza municipal area of jurisdiction is approximately 734.971km2 in extent.

The area has a rich historical background, seen as it is home to King Shaka Zulu and Albert Luthuli. There are several historic sites dedicated to King Shaka, the Zulu warrior, the sugar industry and Chief Albert Luthuli.

The theme for this year’s show is: Articulture. We have encapsulated this theme with our rich heritage to give this creative, yet historic filled with culture and filled with color stall.

The idea around this project is to take us back in the day where art, culture and tradition was the way of life. When indigenous wildlife and vegetation wasn’t at risk of being extinct. In our painting we have King Shaka standing on top of a rock where he’d have a full view of the whole of KwaDukuza in one glance. Shaka’s observation rock still exists and is one of our local heritage sites. Our huts were constructed using grass and bamboo, which is how it was traditionally constructed. We, in turn, transformed our huts into beehives, to attract bees in the hope of preventing nature’s golden suppliers, in the honey bee, from becoming extinct.

The water feature was inspired by King Shaka’s spring, another one of KwaDukuza’s local heritage sites, where Shaka freshened up every morning. Being a spring, which is a natural resource, we place utmost emphasis on the conservation of our natural resources.

The artistic talent of our people is clearly visible in the work on our beaded clay pots which we call Ukhamba, which was and is still being used for drinking Umqombothi (isiZulu beer).

The use of indigenous trees and plants is to attract species of wildlife. It is under the trees that King Shaka used to hold meetings with his warriors. Did you know that almost all our indigenous tree species’ are of medicinal use? The use of the famous Ziziphus Macronata (Umlahla Nkosi) which is traditionally used for funerals in terms of moving spirits, in terms of the Physiological appearance I.E Thorns facing backwards as well as stems that are not straight hence the representation of the individual’s life journey meaning you must not forget where you come from and that life will always pose challenges which is why lateral stems are not straight. Erythrina Lysestemon commonly known as the coral tree, (Umnisinsi) an indigenous tree full of indigenous history in terms of the tree being native to South Africa.

The area has a rich historical background, seen as it is home to King Shaka Zulu and Albert Luthuli. There are several historic sites dedicated to King Shaka, the zulu warrior, the sugar industry and Chief Albert Luthuli.

The theme for this year’s show is: Articulture. We have encapsulated this theme with our rich heritage to give this creative, yet historic filled with culture and filled with color stall.

The idea around this project is to take us back in the day where art, culture and tradition was the way of life. When indigenous wildlife and vegetation wasn’t at risk of being extinct. In our painting we have King Shaka standing on top of a rock where he’d have a full view of the whole of KwaDukuza in one glance. Shaka’s observation rock still exists and is one of our local heritage sites. Our huts were constructed using grass and bamboo, which is how it was traditionally constructed. We, in turn, transformed our huts into beehives, to attract bees in the hope of preventing nature’s golden suppliers, in the honey bee, from becoming extinct.

The water feature was inspired by King Shaka’s spring, another one of KwaDukuza’s local heritage sites, where Shaka freshened up every morning. Being a spring, which is a natural resource, we place utmost emphasis on the conservation of our natural resources.

The artistic talent of our people is clearly visible in the work on our beaded clay pots which we call Ukhamba, which was and is still being used for drinking Umqombothi (isiZulu beer).

The use of indigenous trees and plants is to attract species of wildlife. It is under the trees that King Shaka used to hold meetings with his warriors. Did you know that almost all our indigenous tree species’ are of medicinal use? The use of the famous Ziziphus Macronata (Umlahla Nkosi) which is traditionally used for funerals in terms of moving spirits, in terms of the Physiological appearance I.E Thorns facing backwards as well as stems that are not straight hence the representation of the individual’s life journey meaning you must not forget where you come from and that life will always pose challenges which is why lateral stems are not straight. Erythrina Lysestemon commonly known as the coral tree, (Umnisinsi) an indigenous tree full of indigenous history in terms of the tree being native to South Africa.