Cuban ambassador visits Salt River

The Cuban ambassador, Enrico Orta Gonzales, during a walkabout in Salt River. Here he is viewing a mural by Nawawie Matthews, with assistance from Tasneem Chilwan and Nazeer Jappie, which depicts the Palestinian struggle from 1897 till now.

The Cuban ambassador, Enrico Orta Gonzales, viewed Salt River’s murals when he toured the neighbourhood with members of the Salt River Heritage Society (SRHS) last Friday.

Dr Yusuf Lalken, chairman of the SRHS, said Salt River had a special connection with Cuba as one of Salt River’s residents, Ronald Herboldt, who had been working on a cargo ship that docked in Cuba in 1958, ended up joining the Cuban Revolution.

“We would like to revive the voices of Salt River, and we are glad that we could share this walk with the ambassador to see the different murals, and he listened to all the challenges in the community,” he said.

Dr Lalken said he hoped the Cuban embassy would consider sponsoring a mural in Salt River.

The Cuban embassy did not respond to requests for comment by deadline.

From left, are Fatima Swarts from Friends of Cuba Society, Lutfi Omar from Salt River Heritage Society, Cuban ambassador Enrico Orta Gonzales, Salt River Heritage Society’s Anwar Omar, Nadia Agherdine and Waseela Everson. They are standing in front of a mural by Natheer Hoosain and Nazeem Jardine, which depicts Judge Siraj Desai, businessman and community activist Anwah Nagia, former government minister Dullah Omar and political theorist and activist Ben Kies (not in the picture).