amaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu
Rev Kelly Kosky
Nqadu Great Place
18 April 2011
When I was a young man, I would often see Rev Kosky with my father, King Xolilizwe Sigcawu. Many evenings I would overhear them discussing a ‘better life’ for my people. In spite of my father’s adherence to our traditional believes, Rev Kosky would always insist on praying a Christian prayer.
After Rev Kosky would depart, my father would always talk about Rev Kosky, with high regards. My father would acknowledge the many changes that were taking place among the Xhosa, as a result of Rev Kosky’s mission.
As my late-father would admire Rev Kosky’s integrity and the honorable way that he conducts his life and ministries; I too have watched Rev Kosky tirelessly work to help my people. I continued to see Rev Kosky to be an honest and an honorable man.
I too began to meet with Rev Kosky over the years. I have known Rev Kosky to be a man of high integrity and ethical standards. He is a man who speaks the truth and will not compromise his beliefs. Not only do the people throughout the region have a high respect for Rev Kosky, but I too, hold Rev Kosky in high regards.
It has been a privilege to work with Rev Kosky over the years since I have been king.
Today, it is my honor to present Rev Kosky with this Achievement Award for his years of sacrifice in helping the disadvantaged, among my people. I hope and trust that he will continue the work which he has begun.
On behalf of the Xhosa people, I want to thank Rev Kelly Kosky for his work among the Xhosa.
(this a translation and transcript of the speech made by King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu; who is the Paramount Chief of the amaXhosa at the Achievement Award Ceremony at Nqadu, Eastern Cape on 18 April 2011)