It’s the perfect way to begin 2017, a dance with Mr President. Isn’t it?
President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma will be hosting the annual Indlamu dance festival on the first day of 2017 says a statement from the Presidency.
While the statement informed that the essence of the Indlamu dance festival is to mark the beginning of the new year and promote indigenous culture and heritage, it highlighted the details of the event as specified below.
Venue: KwaNxamalala, Nkandla Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal
Indlamu is a traditional Zulu dance with moves that require dancers to lift one foot over the head and offer a
History has it that Indlamu is a Zulu war dance. It’s usually performed at weddings where two dancers dressed like Zulu warriors perform the dance routines together.
Meanwhile, the Presidency also published President Zuma’s new year message for 2017.
The message stressed that economic transformation and nation building would be the key focus of 2017.
“We have come to the conclusion of a fruitful and productive year,” Zuma started.
“We moved a step further this year in fighting poverty, inequality and unemployment, as we continued working hard together, to reverse the legacy of apartheid colonialism.
Further progress was made in extending services to our people including housing, water, electricity, accessible education, health care, roads, transport, social grants and in fighting hunger through public employment schemes and other programmes.
The year 2017 must be a decisive one for the country as we take the reconstruction and development programme forward. We need to change the commanding heights of the economy, and increase the participation of black people as owners and managers.
Nation building and promoting social cohesion will need to elevate in 2017. One of the key tasks in this regard, should be a heightened fight against racism.”
Above all, Daddy Zuma wished everyone a happy, successful, productive and prosperous new year.