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Promoting Literacy—An Access to JOY!

Ensuring the City of Hampton and Pietermaritzburg's shared goal of promoting social and emotional learning amongst children locally and abroad is our desire.

Book Drive Success

Black Child Development Institute of Hampton Roads recently partnered with Sister Cities of Hampton and the Hampton Chapter of Links, Inc. to promote literacy by collecting nearly 1,000 books through a local book drive. Hundreds of children will now have access to the joys of reading and the world of endless possibilities that books can create. It was community supporters that helped get these much-needed books delivered to elementary schools in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

About Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second largest city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The city has just under 250,000 residents, but the metropolitan area is home to over 500,000. Mahatma Ghandi developed his nonviolent resistance policy in Pietermaritzburg after being thrown off a train for refusing to give up his first class seat.

An Invitation from Chairperson Brittany Foster

Planning activities to celebrate the culture of a sister city, hosting visitors from a sister city, or taking a trip to visit a sister city has truly been an honor. All of these activities require a huge effort from several dedicated volunteers. And that's why we need YOU!

If you have an interest in the culture, history or people of South Africa, please join Sister Cities of Hampton and volunteer to serve on the Pietermaritzburg Coordinating Committee. I am proof that it will be a very rewarding experience for you and your family.


& Facts
  • Hampton and Pietermaritzburg have been sister cities since 1997. A major conference room in Pietermaritzburg’s city hall was named for the City of Hampton.


South Africa Ambassador Embraces Hampton

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