What can one see and experience along the eNanda Walking Trail?
Below are some explanations and opinions provided by Mlu Mthembu, Loyiso Ntsalaze and Sanele Mvuyane from Inanda, but please contribute your own knowledge by leaving a comment or e-mailing us at email@example.com.
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Dube family home
John Dube built this home, near the Ohlange Institute, in 1921. It is still occupied today by his only surviving daughter, Lulu Dube.
Follow this link for an interview with Lulu Dube.
Township homes may all look much alike at first sight, but are in fact displaying a great variety of building styles, shapes and materials. They reflect the aspirations and prosperity of the homeowners, but also cultural beliefs. For instance, a round hut on the premises indicates that a traditionalist (non-Christian) lives here; white border stones are used by Shembe believers. Tires on roof tops are believed to protect the home from lightning strikes and people sometimes store other items of top of the roof for protection from thieves. Even the most modest shack may be equipped with a satellite dish.
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Stones and tires on the roof
Horns on the wall
Upgrading a home
Fruit and vegetables
People in eNanda grow vegetable in every available spot of land around their home. Most common crops are meali (corn), pumpkin, beans, sweet potato, madumbi, etc. Mealis are especially important as a staple diet. Fruit trees – mango, avocado, bananas, pawpaw, and grapefruit are especially common in the vicinity of the Shembe settlement.
Goats and chicken
Goats and chicken are roaming around everywhere, because they are not only a source of meat, but important for ritual purposes. Goats represent the link with the ancestors and are slaughtered when ceremonies are performed. Among the chicken, only the black and white chicken are sacrificial animals, each for a different purpose. The goat’s horns are displayed above the door or on a pole around the homestead after the ceremony and pieces of skin are worn on people’s wrist.
Black and white chickens
Children in eNanda have few toys, but they can be seen having fun with their own kind of games. Amagenda is a game played with small stones; udonkey is played with tennis balls. Then there is street soccer with very small goals and special rules; uqithi involves climbing up into a tree and vumvum is a toy made out of string and a pierced flattened bottle-top.
Street names and house numbers
Street names may be taken for granted in the city, but were only introduced in some parts along the trail as late as last year. Previously, homes were simply numbered and now, the old and the new numbering system coexist. Some people proudly decorate the new street number on the wall of their home.
Some interesting snippets
Dead trees could be an indication of witchcraft, as a neighbour may have sent lighting.
House music is very popular and may be heard coming out of various homes.
There are many NGOs in the area and some of them could be potentially be visited with prior arrangements. More information about them will follow shortly.
This is a GPS capture of the routes we took from Ohlange to Phoenix and back, mapped onto Google Earth.
Compiled by Sabine Marschall 17/1/14