Speech delivered during the unveiling of the Pillar of Peace

on behalf of the Premier of KZN, Dr Zweli Mkhize by

the MEC of Human Settlements and Public Works KZN, Ms Maggie Govender (MPL)


1st October 2010

His Holiness Swami Vimalananda

His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini

Her Royal Highness, The Queen,

Prince MG Buthelezi

Deputy Mayor, Cllr Logie Naidoo

Mr Ishwar Ramlutchman

Political and religious leaders, friends and well wishers.

Today is one of those occasions in the life of KwaZulu-Natal which places this province and the country firmly on the road to lasting peace. Peace becomes a non-negotiable in the life of a country when its people realise that we all have the capacity to contribute to the building of a better country. Peace becomes a necessity, when we all realise that without peace, our country cannot grow, without peace our people cannot prosper.

Here in Phoenix, we are blessed to be witnessing one of the chosen places in our country to host the eight Sivananda Pillars that pay tribute to Swami and the Divine Master. The Sivananda Peace Pillar is already a great source of inspiration for all to remember that peace and love are greater than all of us but in all of us.

By this example today we are reminded that greatness comes from receiving and from giving; greatness can come from all of us if we thrive enough to make others achieve their own greatness. In providing the infrastructure necessary for others to survive and prosper we this project creates the space for others to move towards their own greatness.

We are part of a historic occasion to honour the memory of His Holiness who in life was one of the most outstanding citizens of country. Swami Sahajananda’s greatness was personified in his humility, his great work demonstrated that service is one of the greatest honour human beings can pay to other human beings.

The Sivananda Peace Pillar declares Sri Swami Sahajananda one of the greatest South African Spiritual Leader’s of South Africa. This Pillar will serve as a reminder to future generations of the importance of service in the process of building human beings, communities, a province and ultimately a wonderful country such as ours.

During our former President’s 92nd birthday, Dr Nelson Mandela was presented with a replica of the Peace Pillar commemorating International Mandela Day. Madiba was most impressed by this peace initiative and supported this project since peace & reconciliation are close to his heart

We also acknowledge the support given by the United Nations, Amafa Heritage Council, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Jacob Zuma, Prince MG Buthulezi, Swami Vimalananda, and his Majesty, the King

As Government we would like to salute this initiative of the installation of Peace Pillars in our country. The Sivananda Peace Pillars will be a source of inspiration to our future generations as they demonstrate the universality of all world religions. They shall assist in promoting peace and harmony in our province.

We are honoured to be here to pledge our support for this project of installing Sivananda Peace Pillars in our country. We add our voice of encouragement to those responsible for continuing the legacy of a great soul that has walked on South African soil.

We salute you. We thank you.

I Thank You.