Hundreds of maidens are expected to gather at KwaMai Mai in the Johannesburg CBD on Saturday for the first Siyaya Emkhosini WoMhlanga event.

The event is aimed at preparing the maidens for the annual reed dance ceremony hosted by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini at Enyokeni Royal Palace in Nongoma in northern KwaZulu Natal next weekend.

Her Majesty, the Queen uMaMchiza of the Zulu Royal House will address the maidens on Saturday.

Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva is from the Development of Cultural and Religious Rights says they are expecting about 3 000 people.

“Today, we are having the first in Gauteng of the Siyaya Campaign where the maidens will be meeting with the Queen MaMchiza to be told about what they should expect at the reed dance in KwaNongoma. But also to be educated about what this really means by the queen herself. We are expecting those that are supposed to be going are about 3 000.”