Reed dance boosts tourism in KZN

The Transport Department says close to 45,000 maidens travelled to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace for the festival.

A traditionally clad Zulu maiden shouts as she takes part in the mini reed dance (uMkhosi woMhlanga) in the rural district of Emalangeni, some 80kms north of Durban on 19 August 2017. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Authorities in KwaZulu-Natal say that the annual traditional reed dance ceremony continues to bring tourists to the province and boost economic growth.

The Transport Department says that close to 45,000 maidens travelled to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace for the festival which celebrates womanhood and virginity.

The department's Mluleki Mtungwa says that the event attracts domestic and international tourists.

“The event brings tourists to the province. We urge communities to look after tourists and make them feel safe.”

More than 10 maidens were killed in a bus accident outside Eshowe in 2010 while travelling to the reed dance.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)