Gugulethu has unveiled its own logo and anthem. It is the first township in Mzansi to have its own logo and anthem. Gugulethu residents gathered at Ikhwezi recreational centre in NY2 in their numbers on Thursday 22 September during the unveiling of the logo at an event organised by Hlahla Consultancy.
Dr Mzwandile Plaatjie who initiated the idea of the logo said this will bind their township together. About how he came up with the initiative, Dr Plaatjie said the idea was born from two of his books Fragments of Unwritten History and Dance to the Teachings of the Drumbeat. The books speak about the history of Gulethu and are motivational.
“So I joined those books together and then we decided that let’s have a look and come up with an idea which will speak to the challenges and the things that will inspire us. I think we’ll be successful in doing that. I see,” said Dr Plaatjie.
Gugulethu Development Forum secretary Vincent Domingo welcomed the initiative. He hopes that the initiative will foster unity amongst residents and take the kasi to its former glory.
Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis was supposed to attend the launch but could not make it. His recorded message was played during the launch where he praised the initiative. “The purpose of this project is not just to come up with the logo. It is to continue to develop a sense of community pride in the Gugulethu community. I really love the idea of doing that. And I fully support their projects and their program, and I can’t wait to see the outcome,” said Lewis Hill.
The Gugulethu was designed through a competition of learners around Gugulethu schools and Ayanda Makhalima design came up on top and was chosen to be the logo of Gululethu. The logo is orange in colour and has a Table Mountain on it with an inscription Siyazingca on it, which means “We are proud”.
The event was attended by well-known Gugulethu entrepreneur Mzoli Ngcawuzele who used to run the popular Shisanyama joint Mzoli meats.
Para-Commonwealth gold medalist Ndodomzi Ntutu and philanthropist Wonke Mapeyi unveiled the logo.