About Us

What is the purpose of Ebandla?

The Ebandla Campaign was launched in 2005 by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, as part of its African Renaissance initiative. Ebandla (Council of the Wise) was based on the ancient Zulu custom of the elders sitting together and discussing issues of community interest.

If we want to build our country and our province then we need to invest in building networks that are broader than any one single institution. South Africa along with many other developing nations is dependent on the skills and knowledge of developed nations and people to assist in moving the country and the province forward. Progress calls for expertise and innovation  in the fields of  science, engineering, transportation and logistics.  There is much talk these days about harnessing alternative sources of energy, and likewise the KZN Ebandla campaign would like to do the same, with people power, by calling on our successful alumni to join together in a collective effort aimed at promoting social and economic growth of KwaZulu-Natal.

Who runs Ebandla?

The Ebandla campaign is co-ordinated and managed by the African Renaissance based in Westville, Durban, South Africa.

Make a real difference to KwaZulu-Natal

If Ebandla is to succeed, it is crucial that we attract the broadest range of successful alumni, irrespective of their race, gender or political affiliation.  People can be united no matter where they are in the world. To this end, we’ve tapped into a host of resources, including our embassies around the world, professional bodies and the alumni associations of local tertiary institutions. Various academic institutions, parastatals and business organisations have supported the campaign and contributed immensely. 

Ebandla is proud to be associated with such great company; University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand, Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of South Africa – Durban Campus, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal and Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Zululand). 

Ebandla gaining momentum in 2016

Ebandla co-ordinators, African Renaissance, have  organised several gala events in South Africa. The inaugural event took place in Sandton in July 2006 drawing some 900 alumni across the length and breath of Gauteng.  This was followed by a memorable reunion in Cape Town – at the Mount Nelson Hotel in November of 2006 with a capacity attendance of about 400 alumni.  In May 2007 Ebandla made its mark internationally in London, hosting 450 alumni.  Thereafter, October 2008 saw another successful reunion staged in New York hosting a capacity audience. The 2009 reunion in Dubai was attended by 470 attendees. 

The resounding success of these events has shown that KZN alumni are looking for ways to connect to their “alma mater” and to each other.   These early successes  laid the foundation for the 2016 reunion in Sydney. 

What are the joint benefits of joining Ebandla?

Many alumni will come to Ebandla out of a desire to contribute to the growth and success of their home province.  But there are many other benefits of coming to Ebandla.  Through the Ebandla website, www.ebandla.co.za and our regular newsletter we’ll keep you appraised of all the significant developments and opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal.  As part of Ebandla, you’ll be rubbing shoulders in cyberspace with hundreds of other influential, like-minded people, including key KwaZulu-Natal decision makers.

What does it cost?

There’s no fee to join Ebandla.  But we are looking for people who are passionate about their mother province and willing to contribute proudly and unreservedly to our joint mission of growing KwaZulu-Natal.

Can I contribute to Ebandla?

Ebandla is not an exclusive “old boys club”.  If you feel you meet the criteria, or you know somebody who does, visit our website: www.ebandla.co.za and fill in the online form.  Remember, you need to be outside KwaZulu-Natal and be able to make a real contribution.

You can:

  •  Talk about Ebandla and spread the word about its objectives
  •  Identify and sponsor worthy causes to support
  • Lobby fellow board members for international conferences to be held in Durban
  • Look for investment opportunities
  •  Establish branches/offices in KwaZulu-Natal and form partnerships with local business
  • Bring family and friends to KwaZulu-Natal and promote tourism
  • Definitely consider retiring in one of the many world renowned estates in KwaZulu-Natal