The Dube Family in partnership with eThekweni Municipality will host an inaugural DR JL Dube Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 11 February 2014 at the Ohlange High School – Inanda at 12:30. February 11 marks the date Dr JL Dube was born in 1871 and passed on in 1946, and the day the late Dr Nelson Mandela was released from prison was 1990.
The date was chosen for its significance as it marked the launch of the inaugural commemorative lecture.
Chief Mandla Mandela, accompanied by member s of the Mandela family lay a wreath at Dr Dube’s graveyard in a ceremony that was attended by the Dube and Mandela Families, together with the leadership of eThekweni Municipality, Provincial Government and key dignataries from National Government.
“It was the first time that the grandchildren of Dr Nelson Mandela and JL Dube met to honour and recognze the contribution made by their grandfathers on this historic day. February 11 is a historic date in the South African calendar and beyond, not only for Mandela and Dube family” said Cllr James Nxumalo, the mayor of eThekweni Municipality.
The Dube family were proud to be apart of the colossal contribution by both Dr JL Dube and Nelson Mandela in the struggle that shaped the country and impacted positively on the world, through dialogue in the form of a memorial lecture. The theme of the lecture was: “Dube and Mandela – Redefining African leadership” and covered the philosophies of DR JL Dube and Nelson Mandela in shaping the world today.
The commemorative lecture held, provided much needed insight and thought leadership in Visionary Leadership, Democratic Discipline and Education of an African Child by an African Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr Jeff Radebe and and KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu were the main speakers at the inaugural memorial lecture. The Minister Jeff Radebe delivered a keynote address. Radebe mentioned how South Africans were in danger of losing the values these heroes demonstrated, by constantly looking for “shortcuts”. “the shortcuts of violence and folding arms whilst awaiting government to deliver all sorts of services is not the legacy of Dube and mandela’s lives that have inspired all of us. “The shortcuts of corruption; of fraud; of theft are clearly not in the footsteps of these colossal giantsof our freedom and democracy” he said.