On Wednesday 8 March 2017, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Cabinet led by Premier Willies Mchunu hosted the 2017 Imbizo coordinated by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA at the Nquthu Sports Stadium in Nquthu area of Umzinyathi District Municipality.
“Imbizo” is regarded as a meeting, especially a gathering of the Zulu people called or summoned by the King or a traditional leader to addressing them on various livelihood aspects that affect the people. The connotation literally originates from isiZulu word meaning “biza” i.e. to call or summon. In a political context, the meaning may be a government initiative where communities are invited at a gathering where all community related matters are discussed for identification of amicable solutions or interventions including policy matters that may attach to the well running of a community. Therefore, the 2017 Premier’s Imbizo has targeted the Nquthu community with an aim at addressing all crucial and critical aspects that would assist in shaping the livelihood of the community.
Leading the day’s programme of events was Ms B Sitole-Moloi, MEC for the KZN Arts & Culture. Members of the Executive Council also joined the Premier in gracing the day. Other elite figures included Inkosi Mazibuko, Inkosi Hlatshwayo, Inkosi Sithole and Inkosi Buthelezi who is the Traditional Prime Minister of the Zulu nation KwaJama, Mayors of Dumbe and Umvoti, Heads of Departments who were present, other government officials, members of various media, community leaders and all community members of Umzinyathi and the surrounding areas.