Notwithstanding the obvious hardships, a vibrant Zulu culture holds the Umkhanyakude community together, despite the many years of colonial domination and apartheid governance. The strong commitment of its citizens, who are attached and dedicated to a community that has some of the most spectacular scenery and nature preserves in all of Africa, is a testament to the strength of character of the community we work with.
Additionally, during the course of democratic governance, the Umkhanyakude District developed entrepreneurial and dynamic leadership – in civic administration, traditional (tribal) authority administration, and in its schools. Development of other civic society institutions, such as NGOs, is just beginning. Mpilonhle hopes to play a major role in helping expand the role of civil society in meeting the problems of the District.