139th annivesary of death of French Prince Imperial - uQweqwe
The Consul General visited KwaZulu-Natal on June 2 and 3, commemorating the 139th anniversary of the death of the Imperial Prince at uQweqwe.
Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, son of the Emperor Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie, fell under the Zulu spears while enrolled voluntary in the British troops, during a scouting mission on June 1, 1879 at uQweqwe in the Natal region. After the defeat of Sedan in 1870 and the proclamation of the Third Republic, the imperial family had exiled to Britain.
This ceremony was organized by the general director of the French Alliance Pietermarisburg, Mrs. Glenn Flanagan. The Zulu chiefs of the region and the local cultural authorities Inkosi Mdlalose and Induna Mbatha also participated to the ceremonies.
The director of the French Alliance of Johannesburg, coordinator of the Alliances Françaises d’Afrique astrale, Gérald Candelle, was also present.
Mrs. Doña Perez laid a wreath at the site where the Imperial Prince fell (his body was buried at Westminster Church) and attended the Zulu dances of the children from the surrounding villages. According to tradition, a cow was offered to them and their families.
She also met the Augustinian Sisters of the Pomeroy Convent led by a fellow countrywoman, Sister Madeleine. The Sisters founded a school where computer science is taught; the Consulate General donated a computer and thus support the training action.
The convent founded in 1965, carries out through several programs, help and support to orphans in the region, as well as to the inhabitants, through medical, psychological, logistical, construction of houses. The region is particularly affected by a very high rate of tuberculosis and HIV.
In addition, footballs provided courtesy of Decathlon were also given on this occasion for the 550 orphans of the Augustinian Sisters.
To find out more about their work, or to make a donation, please find attached the presentation brochure of the Msinga Convent:
Speeches of the consul general :