Thousands of young people from across South Africa turned Durban into a cultural spectacle, as they paraded through the city today.

The parade marked the end of the annual Indoni event, which showcases the country’s cultural diversity.

It also aims to strengthen social cohesion among young people.

Last night, Ms and Mr Indoni Cultural SA 2019 were crowned in a glittering ceremony at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. They are Sanele Ndlovu and Akho Gwavuma.

“I’m grateful to Indoni for the work they are doing in grooming us. I have learnt a lot as a young man, especially how to treat women which is very important. I’m very excited about winning today. The competition wasn’t easy, but I held on until the end finally walked away with the crown,” says Ndlovu.

Young men were allowed to participate in the event for the first time in 2019. Previously only girls took part.

Founder of Indoni SA Dr Nomcebo Mthembu says they are working towards attracting all young South Africans.

“With everything that has been happening in South Africa, such as the gender-based violence, it is important to create a platform where we have young boys who can also be seen as being icons in the community; young boys who can say ‘I’m a man among men.’”