Posted by Stanley Mbatha
AMAMBATHA HERITAGE SOCIETY
I am not claiming to be a historian nor an authority on the history of AmaMbatha, but I see myself as having a duty to inform the new generation about our history. I do not claim that everything written here is the truth as there is a problem with oral history. The message become distorted in time. It is the duty of the reader to point out mistakes if they happen to be foumd here.
The sad part of our history is that it was not recorded, some of the information we have, have some dicrepancies.
I have read many books and have interviewed many Old Mbatha-Shandu people and went through the internet to find the truth about AmaMbatha. Nevertheless, I have decided to publish the information I have with the hope to stimulate debate and that those who know differently can come forward and help do some corrections.
Since our meeting and the establishment of AMAMBATHA HERITAGE COUNCIL through Vosloorus Resolutions, which was adopted by Durban meeting on the 5th December 2010, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We acknowledge the work done by RS Khumalo on Uphoko, Bryant, Rev. Soga, EJ Krige, C Ballard, Mpumelelo Mbatha, DR Morris, Credo Mutwa, CT Msimang, J Stuart, S Sack, Brookes & Webb, Guy and others. We still maintain that there is some information in the hands of ordinary people that maybe important, but has never got the chance to be in print form.
We have roped in people like Senzo Mkhanyiseni Mbatha, Dennis Mbatha, Lindo Mbatha, Vusimuzi Shandu, Thobeka Shandu, Jabulile Shandu, Stanley Mondle Mbatha, Sikhumbuzo Mbatha etc. and we say whoever have the information should come forward so that by the time we go to print in eightien months time, we will have unbiased history about AmaMbatha Clan.
The ball is in your court beatiful AmaMbatha, this is the challenge, take it, stop complaining, be the part of development you want to see. There are a lot of people who know more, but remember this english saying, ‘nobody is paid for what he knows, but for what he does with that he knows’. The tide has been raised, be the first to ride on its waves.
2. AmaMbatha Development Trust
We would be wrong if we don’t acknowledge the people who have been tasked with the establishment of the Trust Fund, Mr Ozias Mbatha, Njabuliso Mbatha, Thokozane Mbatha, who are still busy with the management of the establishment phase.
3. AmaMbatha Heritage Council members:
These are the people who kept the home fires burning with their participation in discussions, who are therefore members of AmaMbatha Heritage Council;
Nhlakanipho Mbatha, Wiseman Mbatha, Clement Mbatha, Muntu Shandu, Nellie Mbatha, Grace Mbatha, Hendrick Mshandu Mbatha, Bo Shandu, Neville Mbatha, Abongile Mbatha, Andile Mbatha, Busi Mbatha, Khanyi Mbatha, Bekeh Mbatha, M Mbatha, L Mbatha, NE Mbatha, Nkosinathi Mbatha, Precious Mbatha, Phumlani Mbatha, Philile Mbatha, Sibongile Mbatha, Siyabonga Mbatha, Thobelani Mbatha, Themba Mbatha, Velile Mbeje, Welcome Mbatha, Godfrey Mbatha, Innocentia Mbatha, Khanyi Mbatha, Clement Mbatha, MN Mbatha, Mbongeni Mbatha,
Gwaeza Mbatha, Thabo Mbatha, Sipheshle Mbatha, Godfrey Mbatha, Fana Smangaliso Mbatha, Amos Mbatha, Archie Mbatha, Bheki Victor Mbatha, Busisiwe Mbatha, Dorah Mbatha, Felicia Mbatha;
Hlengu Mbatha, Khethekile Mbatha, Leehle Mbatha, Mthokozisi Mbatha, Mbongiseni Mbatha, Nonhlanhla Mbatha, Owen Mbatha,Philani Mbatha, Phumla Mbatha, Pretty Mbatha, Sakhi Mbatha, Sipho Mbatha, Thokozane Mbatha, Vincent Mbatha, Vusi Mbatha, Zamani Mbatha, Precious Mbatha.
There maybe others whose names doesnt appear hear, it is not intentional but a mistake. I want to say to you all that you are important in this family.
4. Facebook Groups:
It was resolved on Resolution V27/11/10 that as a family we don’t need many different FB Groups, but we will not force anyone to close shop. It is our wish that all of us wanting unity should join AmaMbatha Heritage which is administered by Lindo Mbatha with the mandate from AmaMbatha Heritage Council.
5. Company Emails:
In 2010 we faced a lot of problems with company emails as some of AmaMbatha claimed that we were flooding their inboxes. Lindo and Njabuliso tried to remove those who had problems and compiled a list of new email stream.
We would advise those who still face problems to inform Lindo and Njabuliso with alternative email addresses so that it can be rectified. We don’t want anyone to lose their jobs because of us.
6. Closing Remarks:
We would like to thank Chief Nqobizizwe Sizwesithini Lucky Mbatha of eNkonjeni in Mahlabathini, Induna Shalazile Mbatha based in Gauteng and all the members of eMaMbatheni Traditional Council.
2010 has been a wonderfull year, we hope we will all meet in 2011 in one piece.
Wishing you all a Prosperious New Year.
Stanley Mondle Mpikiswano Mbatha