Cape Town | South Africa
In an official statement released by Dr Zweli Mkhize, The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa, it was announced that the Royal Family of AmaMpondo aseNyandeni will be hosting the coronation of His Majesty King Mangaliso Ndamase (Ndlovuyezwe!). The coronation of the King of Amampondo Asenyandeni is set to take place on 3 October 2018 at Nyandeni Great Place, Libode in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
The coronation of the King of Amampondo Asenyandeni will see a formal investiture ceremony that involves the performance of AmaMpondo aseNyandeni traditional and customary ritual and enrobement of His Majesty the King. Furthermore, the ceremony will also include the taking of a special oath of office administered by a designated member of the judiciary.
Since democracy has taken place in South Africa, the coronation of the King of Amampondo Asenyandeni will be the second coronation to happen during this new era in South African history. The First to take place during this time was that of His Majesty King Mpendulo Calvin “Zwelonke” Sigcawu, the Xhosa King.
Once crowned, His His Majesty King Ndamase will become the sixth Kumkani/King of the Western Pondoland or AmaMpondo AseNyandeni.
The Presidency of the Republic has designated 3 October 2018 as the date on which the President will officially hand over the certificate of recognition to the AmaMpondo Kingship and His Majesty during the coronation ceremony. This follows the recognition of amaMpondo ase Nyandeni as a Kingship and King, respectively by government in 2010.
His Majesty King Ndamase Ndlovuyezwe Ndamase is the son of the late King Makaziwe Ndamase and the late Queen Bhongolwethu Ndamase. King Ndamase took over his position as King in 2008 at the age of 24 years from his mother, Queen Fikelephi Bongolethu Ndamase – “Queen Mother” who had been the Queen Regent for 11 years. Sadly, the Queen Mother who worked tirelesly to unite the AmaMpondo AseNyandeni passed away on 08 June 2018.
The coronation will take place under the theme, “Together celebrating the heritage of AmaMpondo AseNyandeni” “Sisonke sibhiyozela inkcubeko yamaMpondo AseNyandeni” and is in line with government’s approach to restore the institution of traditional leadership.
The historic event will take place in the year celebrating the centenary of Former President Nelson Mandela who was also a traditional leader. The Coronation will be held in celebration of his contribution in cementing democracy while also respecting and recognising the institution of traditional leadership and the rich cultural heritage of our country.
The coronation also takes place as the country marks the centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu who played an important role in the liberation struggle and was a key champion of the rights of women. The coronation will celebrate Mama Sisulu through the contribution of Queen Mother Bhongolwethu Ndamase who worked tirelesly to unite AmaMpondo AseNyandeni during her 11 years reign as Queen Regent, proving the capability of women as leaders.
Minister Mkhize has urged South Africans across our country to support this key milestone in the journey of our democracy as it symbolises the importance of the institution of traditional leadership. Section 211 of the Constitution of South Africa, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996), recognises the institution, status and role of traditional leadership.