KwaZulu-Natal is a coastal South African province. It is known for its beaches, mountains and savannah populated by big game. The safari destination Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, in the northeast, is home to black and white rhinos, lions and giraffes. Durban is an Indian-influenced harbor city and a popular surfing spot. Cultural villages around the town of Eshowe showcase the traditions of the indigenous Zulu people.
KZN shares borders with three other provinces and the countries of Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Its capital is Pietermaritzburg and its largest city is Durban. It is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa, with slightly fewer residents than Gauteng.
KwaZulu-Natal is the birthplace of many notable figures in South Africa’s history, such as Albert Luthuli, the first non-white and the first person from outside Europe and the Americas to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1960); Pixley ka Isaka Seme, the founder of the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa’s first black lawyer; John Langalibalele Dube, the ANC’s founding president; Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP); Anton Lembede, the founding president of the ANC Youth League; Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa; and Bhambatha, a 19th-century Zulu chief who became an anti-apartheid icon.
President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the 200 years celebrations of the founding of the Zulu nation by King Shaka Zulu.
The event is part of the Heritage Day celebrations happening across the country, King Godwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is amongst the dignitaries expected to attend the event.
The main celebrations are expected to take place at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberly Northern Cape, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give the keynote address.