Thursday 22 November 2018 was an awesome day. We played host to over 25 organisations from across Zimbabwe and Africa who convened at Amagugu under the banner of the National Transitional Justice Working Group.
NPRC Chairman Justice Selo Nare leading a session
The day was a day of discussions. Discussions about truth telling, healing and forgiveness. Part of the institutions on the day was the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission led by its chairman Justice Selo Nare and Commissioner Choice Ndoro. Not only were the conversations robust and illuminating, the gathering of the delegates in our gazebo demonstrated the vitality and utilitarian value of our place and space.
Set up of the day
We did something different and it came out just fine. Amagugu International Heritage Centre is open for business!
In fulfillment of our obligation as accredited NGO advisor to the UNESCO 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, Amagugu International Heritage Centre is in Mauritius observing the 13th Session of the Inter-Governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). The Committee meeting is an annual gathering and serves to review the work of st
Amagugu Observor Status
ate parties in safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. At the Committee meetings, accredited NGOs under the banner of the ICH NGO Forum convene side events to explore strategies on how best to complement the work of state parties. Our Programs Manager Butholezwe Nyathi had the opportunity to share with the UNESCO Director General Ms Audrey Aozulay highlights of our cultural heritage interventions in Zimbabwe.
Butholezwe Nyathi (left) with Audrey Azoulay
Amagugu remains committed to contribute to enhanced protection and promotion of ICH at the global level. #amaguguheritage #13COM
Courtesy of support from the Rotary Club of Bulawayo South, Amagugu International Heritage Centre commissioned on 15 November 2018 a solar powered electricity supply system. Also commissioned was a 5000 litre water tank. The project is valued at US$10 000.
5000litre water tank
The two investments are set to improve the experiences of our guests. With power supply, we will effective 2019 be expanding our programming into the night by hosting storytelling sessions targeting particularly visitors coming for camping. Stable water supply is also important for the hygiene of our guests.
We take this opportunity to publicly express our gratitude to the Rotary Club of Bulawayo South for their kind gesture.
Benevolent Benefactor -Rotary Club of Bulawayo South
One of the fascinating experiences for students visiting Amagugu International Heritage Centre are visits to the Njelele shrine keeper. Take note, visits are to the shrine keeper’s homestead and not the shrine itself.
Seasonal visits to the shrine and rituals conducted are explained to the students. Artefacts found on the site and their use are also explained. The same applies to regalia worn, dances and songs performed during the rain making festivities.
Role simulation of Njelele shrine rituals
As accredited advisor to the UNESCO 2003 Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage, Amagugu International Heritage Centre values these experiences as they are central to the preservation of local intangible cultural heritage.
The proclamation of Matobo as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 is partly premised on the symbolism of Njelele as a rain making shrine.
Schol children following proceedings attentively