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FRENCH PRESENCE IN KZN (article first published : 2000-05-8)

On June 1, 1996, French lecturer Glenn Flanagan of the Technikon Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, launched La Route du Prince Imperial, Louis Napoleon, a self-drive battlefields tour to the site of the death of the Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon. The prince died in a skirmish in the Jojosi valley 32 kilometres from Nqutu, Northern KwaZulu Natal on June 1, 1879 during the Anglo-Zulu War

The annual commemoration of the French presence in South Africa takes place in Pietermaritzburg, Dundee and Uqweqwe (at the Prince Imperial monument) in KZN from June 2 to 4 and includes a programme of Franco-Zulu cultural events. Glenn, who has been involved in the commemorative events since 1995, was knighted on June 6, 1999 by the French government for the work she has done to promote France in South Africa. She has also received the medal of the "Institute of Higher Learning of the French National Defence Force" and the "Colin Webb Award for Individual Merit for the Promotion of Heritage”.

Included in the commemorative activities are the opening of the International Print Portfolio of Artists for Human Rights at the Tatham Art Gallery; the fourth Annual French Presence Symposium at the Voortrekker Museum, and lunch at Christopher's restaurant (all in Pietermaritzburg). Participants will then travel La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon through Greytown, Keat's Drift, Tugela Ferry and Pomeroy to Dundee where they will enjoy a French Soirée at the Royal Inn in the evening.

The fifth annual Commemorative ceremonies of the death of the Prince Impérial, will take place on June 4 at Uqweqwe with performances by The Pietermaritzburg Caledonian Society Pipe Band, dancers, Uqweqwe community groups and an equestrian demonstration.

More details from Glenn on (033) 342-1088 or 082 677-9997.




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