Monday, January 22, 2018

MUNIAMMA FAMILY HISTORY BOOK LAUNCH - INFO THREE

(Our matriarch, MUNIAMMA, OUTSIDE HER SON'S HOME IN PORT SHPESTONE IN THE EARLY 1970s) MUNIAMMA FAMILY HISTORY BOOK LAUNCH COMMITTEE Email: subrygovender@gmail.com Tel: 082 376 9053/031 568 1309 January 22 2018 Vanakkam, Namaskaram, Namasthe and Sanibonai. It gives me great pleasure to inform you and extended family members that our family history book will be launched at a special cultural function at the Enchanted Gardens Conference Centre at the former Durban International Airport, near Isipingo, on Saturday, April 28. The decision to launch on this date has been taken following a meeting at the home of Triza Reddy in Chatsworth on January 14. The following family members make up the Muniamma Family History Book Launch Committee: 1. Ms Triza Reddy 2. Allan Nadasen 3. Ms Dolly Reddy 4. Ms Monica Moodley 5. Ms Angie Naidoo 6. Ms Karnagie Reddy 7. Mrs Thyna Subramoney, 8. Mrs Baby Govender, 9. Subry (Sadha) Govender. Mrs Margie Nair and Logan Govender (Dick Uncle’s son) have also been co-opted onto the Committee. At the meeting it was decided that we should hold the launch either on March 18 or March 25 but after consultations with a wide variety of family members, it was agreed we should hold the launch on Saturday, April 28 (a day after Freedom Day). This decision was taken after it was felt that it would give members from Johannesburg and other distant areas to make preparations to attend our historic and landmark function. MEETING WITH ENCHANTED GARDENS AND CONFIRMATION OF VENUE Following further discussions with family members, we visited Enchanted Gardens on Monday, Jan 22, and held talks with the owner, Mrs Losh Naidoo. We held a very fruitful meeting and Mrs Naidoo was excited that we would be holding such a historical function at her venue. We have now booked the place for Saturday, April 28, and will have to pay a ten percent deposit soon. Please find attached the full details of the premises, the facilities and the food to be provided. CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE BY FAMILY MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF THE MUNIAMMA FAMILY -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In view of the importance of our function for all descendants and their spouses, it’s vitally important that we need confirmation of attendance by family members from the different branches of the Muniamma clan. The descendants and their spouses will represent the following children of Muniamma and Coopoosamy Govender: 1. Mrs Baigium Naidoo (known as Periamma of Merebank) 2. Mr Peri Nadasen ( known as Port Shepstone uncle) 3. Mr Chinna Nadasen (known as Licky Uncle) 4. Mr Sooboo Govender (known as Sooboo uncle of Isipingo) 5. Mr Munsamy Govender (known as Isaac Govender of Pietermaritzburg) 6. Mr Velayudam Govender (known as Dick uncle) 7. Mrs Salatchie Subramoney (known as Ottawa auntie) 8. Mrs Savundalay Padaychie (known as Dundee aunty) 9. Mrs Mariamah Subramoney (known as Patcha aunty) 10. Mr Boya Govender (known as Percy uncle) 11. Mrs Muniammah Moodley (known as Amoy auntie). PAYMENT FOR THE HISTORY BOOK (THE TITLE WILL ONLY BE DISCLOSED AT THE FUNCTION) Following our meeting and further discussions with the greater family members, it has been agreed that the family members will pay R200 for a copy of the book. SPONSORSHIP FOR THE COST OF ENCHANTED GARDENS In view of the historic occasion of the function, we are trying to secure a sponsorship to meet the cost of R17 500 for the hire of the premises and other expenses. We are doing this in order NOT to charge family members any fees to attend the function. However, those family members who are in a position to make a sponsorship or donation towards the costs are welcome to do so. RECOGINITION OF OUR ELDERS In view of the fact that only three elders of the second generation are still around with us, we have decided to accord them special status at the function. They are Dundee aunty, Amoy aunty and Mrs Soundler Govender, widow of Percy uncle. We would also accord special honour to the following third generation descendants: 1. Mrs Panjala Naidoo (eldest daughter of Peri Nadas), 2. Mrs Baby Chetty of Isipingo (eldest daughter of Sooboo uncle), 3. Mrs Gandhi Appadoo (third daughter of Chinna Licky Nadasen) 4. Mrs Ambiga Murugas Govender (eldest daughter of Ottawa Salatchie) 5. Mrs Neela Govender of Port Shepstone (second eldest daughter of Peri Nadasen). SUGGESTED PROGRAMME The programme for the day is still being finalised by the committee and once this has been discussed, we will inform family members of the full details. The programme will include items of our centuries-old rich culture and traditions. BOOK LAUNCH WHAT’S UP GROUP Ms Monica Moodley, daughter of Dolly (daughter of Patcha aunty), has already set up a Muniamma Book Launch Group in order to keep family members updated about the launch. Please contact Monica on 084 298 5430 to be included in the group. CULTURAL ARTISTS Any descendant of the Muniamma family who is prepared to present a cultural item, such as a Bharatyanatyam dance or a cultural sketch, is free to contact any one of the committee members. CONCLUSION All family members must take note this is an all-inclusive cultural/traditional family event and we need attendance by the majority of descendants. We would be grateful if a large percentage of the third, fourth and fifth generation descendants try to attend the all-important function. It must be noted that this book has been written primarily as information for the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and future generations about their roots. They must remember that if they don’t know their roots, then they won’t who they are and they won’t know their future.

Friday, January 19, 2018

MUNIAMMA FAMILY HISTORY BOOK LAUNCH HAS BEEN SET FOR SATURDAY APRIL 28

MUNIAMMA FAMILY HISTORY BOOK LAUNCH Jan 19 2018 Dear Allan and Family Members Further to communications with the Muniamma Family History Book Launch Committee this past week, I wish to advise that Saturday, April 28 has been booked for our function. This also follows interactions with other family members who believe that the holiday weekend of April 27/28/29 gives all people a chance to attend the function. We will be meeting with one of the staff members of Enchanted Gardens on Monday, Jan 22, at 12 noon to discuss the costs, food and other matters relating to our cultural function. Those who want to join us, please get in touch with the writer. Meanwhile, I wish to advise that we are looking at 100 people attending our function. In this regard, I would be grateful if each family house-hold would kindly confirm the number of people who would be joining us. We need this confirmation so that we could draw up a chart of the family members who will be attending. The Muniamma Family History Book Launch Committee members will also have to compile a list of those people who will be at the function. Please note the following: PROSPECTIVE PROGRAMME FOR LAUNCH 1. Cultural items to be arranged by Allan. 2. Photo slide show to be organised by Monica Moodley. 3. Radio feature to be produced by Subry Govender. 4. Programme Director – Angie Reddy. 5. Co – Host - Ivashanie (Patcha aunty’s grand-daughter). 6. Welcome and speech by Subry Govender. 7. Letter to be written to the Indian Consul General in Durban inviting him to attend the function as a guest. 8. Vote of thanks – Alan Nadasen. 9. Logan Govender – Dick Uncle’s son – would be given a special task in the programme. 10. The two surviving children – Dundee Aunty and Amoy Aunty; sister-in-law Soundler aunty (Percy Uncle’s widow); and eldest third generation descendant – Panjala Naidoo – would be special guests at the function. They would be accordingly honoured. Family members would be invited to pay an amount of R200 for one copy of the book. We would welcome confirmations from family members soonest. Many thanks and kind regards. Sadha (Subry) Govender Committee members: Allan Nadasen, Ms Anjie Naidoo, Ms Dolly Reddy, Ms Monica Moodley, Ms Baby Govender, Mrs Thyna Subramoney, Ms Triza Reddy, Mrs Margie Nair, and Sadha Govender

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

JACOB ZUMA MUST STILL STEP DOWN DESPITE APPOINTING A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO STATE CAPTURE

The beleaguered South African President – Jacob Zuma – appears to have pulled off another master stroke when he announced that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry will investigate the allegations of state capture. He made the announcement hours before the newly-elected National Executive Committee of the ruling ANC under its new president – Cyril Ramaphosa - began discussions on the political crisis facing the country following repeated calls for Zuma to be removed from his presidency. Zuma said he had appointed the Deputy Chief Justice – Raymond Zondo – to head the commission after discussions with the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. He still has to outline the terms of reference of the commission. Subry Govender filed this report…… .

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MUNIAMMA FAMILY GATHERING AND FAMILY HISTORY BOOK LAUNCH DATE

Many family members, their children, sons and daughters-in-law, and grand-children enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Japanese Garden in Durban North on Boxing Day (Dec 26 2017).
The family members turned up despite other commitments and the rush of the festive season. Those who attended included family members from Port Shepstone, Isipingo, Chatsworth, Phoenix, Verulam and Johannesburg. They were Yogi and Soobry, and son Neeran and his wife, Avril; Rani and Knox, son Mervyn and his wife and daughter; and Veni and Nanda, daughter, son Nelosh and Previn and his wife. Cousin Baby and sister-in-law, Baby, and grand-daughter of Isipingo; nephew Jackson Naidoo, his wife, two teenage sons and daughter of Phoenix; Maliga, her husband, Poobal, son Clive and his wife from Johannesburg; Dolly Reddy of Phoenix; Nomzamo Zondi, Mafu and Senati of Verulam; and Sadha and Thyna of Umdloti.Karnagie and Leshan Reddy; Neil, Pre and their son. A number of family members could not make it because of the recent death of our third generation cousin, Mrs Radha Muniamma Govender, of Unit 9, Chatsworth. Many members also sent in their apologies.
The family members had a great time and expressed the view that family members must keep in touch with one another despite the hurly, burly and constraints of our 21st century society. We want to thank everyone who made the decision to attend the gathering.
LAUNCH OF FAMILY HISTORY BOOK We did not publicly discuss the day for the launch of the Muniamma Family Roots History Book but most of the family members are of the view that we should hold the launch sometime in March. The venue will be the conference centre at the former Louis Botha Airport in Isipingo. If any one has a specific day in mind for the launch, it would be appreciated if you could get in touch the writer. (email: subrygovender@gmail.com, 082 376 9053, 031-568 1309). All the best for the rest of the festive season and the New Year (2018).

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA MUST ACT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND INTRODUCE POLICIES THAT WILL BE INVESTOR-FRIENDLY

Now that the Deputy President of South Africa - Cyril Ramaphosa - has been elected as the President of the country's ruling ANC – concerted calls have been made on him to deliver on his promises to bring all those involved in corruption – especially President Jacob Zuma – to book. Ramaphosa was elected ahead of Zuma's wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, at the party's elective conference at the NASREC conference centre in Johannesburg on Monday, Dec 18 2017. Calls have also been made for Zuma to introduce policies that will grow the economy in order to overcome the high rate of unemployment among the youth and the marginalised people. The ANC conference ends on Wednesday, December 20. Subry Govender filed this radio report from Johannesburg…… .

Friday, December 15, 2017

WILL THE ANC TAKE A STRONG STANCE AGAINST RACIAL HATRED AND RE-COMMIT ITSELF TO NON-RACIALISM AT THE 54TH ELECTIVE CONFERENCE AT NASREC IN JOHANNESBURG BETWEEN DEC 16 AND 20 2017

Dec 15 2017
South Africa’s people of Indian-origin who had played an important role in the rise to power of the ANC in 1994 are today, 23 years later, mere spectators in the new South Africa. When the ANC holds it 54th elective conference at the Nasrec Conference Centre in Johannesburg from Dec 16 to 20, the Indian-origin delegates will be far and few between. In this radio feature produced in November 2007, a month before the Polokwane conference – veteran journalist Subry Govender looked at how Indian-origin people looked forward to the creation of a non-racial and democratic new South Africa. It’s now hoped that the NASREC Conference should also re-consider how the ANC will re-commit itself to the promotion of a non-racial society instead of allowing some leaders and members to propagate racial hatred. The best leader for the top position should emerge at this conference in order to promote the culture of non-racialism and democracy. (Dr Farouk Meer - extreme right - is quoted in the radio report. he is seen here with veteran struggle stalwarts at Mewa Ramgobin's one year memorial in Durban in late 2017)

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(ANC MP YUNUS CARRIM IS ALSO QUOTED IN THIS RADIO FEATURE)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Griffith Mxenge - ANTI-APARTHEID LEADER WHO WAS ASSASSINATED BY APARTHEID AGENTS ON NOVEMBER 19 1981

GRIFFITH MXENGE - ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVIST LEADER WHO WAS BRUTALLY KILLED BY APARTHEID AGENTS ON NOVEMBER 19 1981. THIS RADIO FEATURE IS BEING RE-PRODUCED AS PART OF SUBRY GOVENDER'S RICH HISTORY SERIES
One of the anti-apartheid activists and leaders who paid the ultimate price for our freedom was Griffith Mxenge. A lawyer by profession – Mxenge – was brutally killed by apartheid agents on November 19 1981 at a time when he was playing a crucial role in promoting the release of Nelson Mandela and other leaders. Only 39-years-old at the time of his murder, he was married to another activist, Victoria Mxenge. Victoria Mxenge was also brutally murdered on August 1 1985 at her home in Umlazi, Durban. Subry Govender compiled this radio feature on Griffith Mxenge on June 5 2008 at a time when a controversy had arisen over the re-naming of the Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi after Griffith Mxenge. This radio feature is being loaded onto the internet as part of Subry Govender’s “Rich History” series… .