On 30 January 2010 the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, participated in the immersing of the last known remaining portion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes into the sea. Mahatma Gandhi died in 1948. The ashes were immersed just outside of the entrance to the Durban harbour.
Mr. Gounden, who is also a Board member of the Gandhi Development Trust, was the Master of Ceremony at a short ceremony held at the naval base on Salisbury Island after the immersing of the ashes. In the afternoon Mr. Gounden was again Master of Ceremonies at a memorial service that was held at the Durban City Hall attended by, among others, the Deputy Mayor of Durban, Mr. Logie Naidoo; Ela Gandhi, the Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and other members of the Gandhi family; the acting Indian High Commissioner to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Kumaran and the new Indian Consul General in Durban, Mr. Sharan.