Preserving and Promoting the Kalanga Cultural Heritage
Welcome to the TG Silundika Cultural Community Centre
The Tarcisius George Silundika Cultural Community Centre & Memorial Library (the TGSCCC) is a non-profit private social infrastructure facility located at the Gala communal area in Ward 6 and registered with the Bulilima Rural District Council in Zimbabwe. It is an initiative of the surviving family members of the late Zimbabwe nationalist and national hero, Tarcisius Malan George Silundika. The centre is developed as a community development initiative in honour of the late national hero and administered under the auspices of a registered family trust and its sister organization, Stichting, The Silundika Family Foundation & the Zenzo Nkobi Heritage Gallery , registered in the Netherlands.
As a cultural community centre, we value:
– Civic participation to improve the quality of our communities
– Education and Training to empower others to be self-reliant
– Local cultural awareness in order to find local solutions to local challenges
– Local and international partnerships
– The development of viable communities through natural resources
– The development of economic, social and human resources
TG Silundika Memorial Library
A community library is a proven tool for rural development. Children are known to be active beneficiaries of services provided by community libraries. Through this community library, children will develop a culture of reading, a prerequisite for an enlightened society. Adults also enjoy library activities that usually include packages for recreation, culture, education and informational reading. Study circles also offer adults an opportunity to participate in the lifelong continuing education process.
Cultural Community Centre
Once completed, the TGSCCC will cover a total of 2,162.5 square meters. The first phase of the development is to renovate the existing 6-room structure that was first built back in the 1970s as a family home of the Silundikas and later abandon at the height of the war. The renovations have since been completed and part of the space will be allocated for the various projects until more structures under the development plan are erected.
The ZC Nkobi Heritage Gallery
The most prominent feature of the TGSCCC is the memorial library and The Zenzo Nkobi Gallery, where thousands of photographs taken by the official ZAPU photographer, the late Zenzo Nkobi (also a liberation hero) will be displayed. The gallery will be home to a special collection of photographs highlighting the selfless sacrifice made by Zimbabweans during the country’s war of independence.
To promote Kalanga culture through creative community strategies that enhance economical growth and development.
Our vision is to establish the standard of excellence in cultural heritage sustainability and community development in Southern Africa.
About Tarcisius Malan George Silundika
Preserving and Promoting the Kalanga Cultural Heritage
Tarcisius Malan George Silundika was born on 1st March 1929 in Bulilima District, in western Zimbabwe. “TG,” as he was popularly known in political circles, became politically active as a student at Fort Hare University in South Africa the early 1950s where he was later expelled for political activism. He then enrolled in Roma University in neighbouring Lesotho but South African authorities put pressure on Lesotho until he was deported and sent back to Rhodesia. Back home he began organizing protests and leading demonstrations in Salisbury. He became an executive member of the African National Congress (ANC) and subsequently the National Democratic Party (NDP) before they were all banned. When the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) was formed in 1963, TG was sent to Lusaka, Zambia to direct the first stages of the armed struggle and remained in exile for the next 18 years. He returned home in 1980 after the Lancaster House Agreement and was elected Member of Parliament for Matabeleland South province. He was later appointed to serve in Zimbabwe’s first cabinet as Minister of Roads, Road Traffic, Posts and Telecommunications. Mr Silundika was a member of ZAPU’s Central Committee at the time of his death on April 9, 1981.
TG’s remains are interred at the sacred Zimbabwe national shrine located in Harare where luminaries of the country’s liberation are buried. He is one of a special group of sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who were accorded this ultimate honour for their selfless sacrifice. At the national Heroes Acre, TG is in the company of the likes of the late Dr Joshua Nkomo, Ruth Chinamano, Lookout Masuku, Alfred Nikita Mangena and Willie Musarurwa among others.
Want to find out more about TG’s Life?
Felix Felisizwe the youngest of Martha and TG Silundika’s four children, tells the untold story of Tarcisius Malan George Silundika in his book – a man widely regarded as one of the chief icons of the struggle against British colonial rule in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Tarcisius George Silundika, known in his political circles as TG, was a man whose understanding of the sociopolitical order under the colonial era forced him and others to adopt a militant approach that spawned the launch of African liberation movements in Rhodesia.
Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Trafford (May 23, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
Available as an Ebook in Kindle Version!
Meet the members who make it all happen!
The Managment Committee
Felix Silundika | Founder & Project Manager
Activity and resource planning/Organizing & motivating the project team/Monitoring Progress
Tel: +966 530930271 or +263 78 542 4698 (WhatsApp)
Tina Nkobi | Co-Founder, Treasurer & PR
Responsible for mobilizing financial resources/ Foundation’s Bank Account/Hosts & updates the centre website/Marketing and Publicity.
Tel: +31 646 300 921
Memorial Library & ZC Nkobi Gallery
If you have books or stationary for schools to donate please contact us or read more on our project page!
Primary Contact: Mzu Ngwenya & Felix Silundika
Tel: +44 784 770 8190 or +263 783 352 255 (WhatsApp)
Douglas Nleya | Chairman
Responsible for the Kalanga Village museum/Oversees the museum’s collections/supervise educational programs/Collects cultural artifacts
Tel: +263 772271648
Mfundo Tsambani | Chairman
Attends all Board of Directors meetings/Keeps all the organization’s official records/Cultivates relations with other cultural centres/Provides leadership in furtherance of the Centre’s mission/Manages the development of the Centre
Tel: +263 773829630
Mendy Gumbo | Secretary & Pageant Coordinator
Recruits & registers models for the annual beauty pageant/Minute taking in meetings
Tel: +263 782127990
Mzu Ngwenya | Library Project Manager
Hiring, training and scheduling staff/Planning library services &Publicising library programs
Tel: +44 784 770 8190
Matildah Mace Hikwa | Resource Mobilization
Developing a fund generation and resource mobilization workplan/Maintain records/Develop donor profiles & solicitation strategies
Tel: +263 7744 05007
Virginia Ndlovu | Finance Committee Chairperson
Custodian of the Centre’s assets
Tel: +263 773891492
Dadani Tsambani | Community Relations Officer
Cultivating relationships with local residents and businesses/attending community meetings/organizing local events
Tel: +263 778133062
Sibusiso Malunga | Director of the Athletics Program Resource
Providing guidance & direction to the Centre’s athletics program/Coordinationg with local coaches about scheduling events
Tel: +263 775889898 or +263 718890000
Misheck Masendu | Schools Competition Coordinator
Advises the committee on schools’participation in the Centre’s events
Tel: +263 772460837
Mpumelelo Ncube | Cultural Entertainment Coordinator
Planning events/booking performances
Tel: +263 782127990 or +263 776320000
Ntombizile Sebele | Skills Training Coordinator
Recruitment of participants, information dissemination/Facilitating training sessions
Tel: +263 784085883
lrene Sikhangeziwe Sibalo | Hospitality Services
Securing accomodation for and looking after guests/Handle guest complaints
Tel: +263 771480591
Mzingaye Ncube | Transport & Logistics
Arranges transport & Logistics for the Centre’s events
Tel: +263 775191438
Betty (Sibongile) Moyo | Committee member
Recruiting and managing volunteers/security personnel/Conduct informational session before events
Tel: +263 779036612
Rachel Dube | Committee Member
Finance Team Assistant
Tel: +263 774430717
Mercy Ngwenya | Village Heath Worker
Advises committee on health related matters
Tel: +263 7775193156
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