eNanda Online – An initiative of the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Created by Sabine Marschall & Niall McNulty
This interactive community website is a limitless reservoir for the rich culture and heritage of eNanda (also called Inanda), a historically unique township outside Durban on the eastern seaboard of South Africa. It will be built up over time by trained volunteers, members of the community, informed outsiders and tourists who have visited eNanda. Anyone can contribute their stories, voice recordings, images or videos – in either English or isiZulu.
This site is meant to help preserve memories, traditional heritage and contemporary culture through modern technology, share it with the world and promoteit for tourism. Young people are encouraged to interview their elders, taking pictures and videos, including with their mobile phones, while older people can approach the youth to help them record their stories and cultural knowledge.
This site is envisaged to become an invaluable resource for researchers and anyone interested in oral history and changing cultural practices. The stories and cultural knowledge presented here are based on the memories, cultural understandings and opinions of individuals with different perspectives and levels of expertise. They may not always constitute accurate factual knowledge or historical ‘truth’, but through the interactive features of the site, others can add to and correct information.
For tourists and interested local visitors, this site represents a unique insight into the authentic culture and heritage of a community. Tourist guides and tour operators can update their knowledge about local culture and get new ideas for attractions. Tourists are encouraged to share their experiences of eNanda, their likes and dislikes, hence helping tourist guides improve, and assist the community discover new opportunities for offering products and services. Ultimately, the purpose of this site is twofold: to preserve and share the intangible cultural heritage of eNanda and to help the community benefit more from the Inanda Heritage Route.
Sabine Marschall: I’m currently Associate Professor in Cultural and Heritage Tourism at UKZN and my research focuses on commemoration, heritage and heritage tourism. Check out my publications at http://za.linkedin.com/in/marschalls. My interest in Inanda started in 1997, when I saw the ruins of Gandhi’s settlement and John Dube’s delapidated house for the first time. Since then, much has changed in the area. I was also involved in the upgrading of the Inanda Heritage Route in 2009/10, but I think much more needs to be done, especially to ensure that the local community benefits more from the tourism. This project came about, because I’m aware of the wealth of information that is available on the rich history and culture of the area and yet, so little of it is presented to tourists. More importantly,there is so much more knowledge, especially held by older people, that is not recorded anywhere. I sincerely hope that eNanda.co.za will make a difference in people’s lives at some stage. For me, working on this project has been an incredibly rewarding journey!
21 March 2013
Niall McNulty is a digital media expert at the forefront of using new technologies to record and share African content, in particular local knowledge, histories and cultural practices. Amongst other community-oriented projects, working with the eThekwini Municipality in Durban, he launched and manages the Ulwazi Programme (www.ulwazi.org), an initiative that uses social technologies like blogs, wikis (like Wikipedia) and mobile phones, the public library infrastructure and community participation to collect and disseminate indigenous knowledge and local history.
In 2012, in recognition of his work, he travelled to Kenya as an invited expert, presenting at the Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL). As an added accolade, on behalf of the Ulwazi Programme, he collected the runner-up award at the 2012 Telkom Highway Africa New Media Awards, in the ‘Community Engagement Through Technology’ category. Niall is also the winner of the Old Mutual Best Green Blog at the 2010 SA Blog Awards.
20 March 2013
INTRODUCING OURSELVES: Student participants
My names are Ayanda Siphesihle Ngcobo, I am 20 years old and from Inanda Newtown, A section. I am passionate about culture and history, I believe it is important to learn and share cultural traditions as young people so that culture is preserved and passed on to future generations. Inanda is a historical township; a lot of history can be shared about Inanda.
I have just completed my degree in Cultural and Heritage Tourism and I am doing my Social Science Honours in Public Policy. I am also doing my internship at Inanda Seminary –Archives & Museum and also manager of content of enanda.co.za. By doing my honours, I want to learn more about dealing with communities, working with communities to achieve development and incorporating policies to develop Inanda and tourism at community level. I would like to link public policies with tourism as tourism does affect the public, directly and indirectly.
My future plans are not quite clear but I would like to work with communities such as Inanda, create awareness in how people can participate in development projects and also keeping history alive through museums and tourism at large.
This project is of great interest to me as I am from Inanda which is rich in political history, missionary history and heritage which is to be kept alive and part of people’s lives. This project makes such information accessible and shared to the public thus promoting the culture of learning and sharing information. It is also a learning experience for me, I can also learn much from other people about my culture and my home, Inanda. It can also contribute to my future plans. Other people can also learn from this project. It may also seem like young people have neglected their cultures or are not interested in their history but I have been getting feedback from young people, so this project has started to inspire young people out there already.
8 March 2013
Thomas Mkhabela 22years old from Nelspruit (Mpumalanga). My home languages are Swati and Tsonga. I’m a UKZN postgraduate student doing Honours in Anthropology. I have been with the project for 2years now and over those years, as part of the iNanda community outreach project has taught me a lot about Zulu culture and the history of iNanda. It took me out of my comfort zone and helped me be able to work with different people with different personalities. I used to be shy and could not speak in public but when I joined the project and I got to go visit the two High schools and had to explain and interact with them I got the confidence to talk in public and my Zulu language has improved. Also being around the learners has taught me to be responsible for others and not just myself. The experiences and interesting people I have met through the project I would never trade for anything else.
14 March 2013
My name is Nivan Nayager. I am a twenty-three year old masters student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus. I was born in Durban and I grew up in this colourful city. I am proud to be a South African but at the same time I am also proud of my Indian roots. I am passionate about culture and heritage and I especially enjoy visiting historic sites in Durban and within the province. I have a flair for languages and I have studied French, isiZulu and Hindi for a while at school and at campus. My interest in culture and heritage combined with my passion for the French language has led me to focus on conducting research on the Prince Imperial Route and monument dedicated to Napoleon III son who died tragically in northern KwaZulu-Natal. I am also currently involved in some aspects of Prof. Marschalls “eNanda” website project. I believe that Inanda is an area that is a must visit for anybody who is interested in learning about the history of Durban and South Africa. I hope that the website would raise awareness about this remarkable township and that it instills a sense of pride in the residents of Inanda, encouraging them to treasure the rich heritage around them.
14 March 2013
My name is Prince Siphamandla Mgabi, born in 1992 in a small town called Ladysmith. I completed matric in 2009, and now I am a student at the University of KwaZulu Natal doing B.A in Cultural and Heritage Tourism. Culture and heritage is my passion, and I have been part of Inanda Community Outreach Project since 2011. It has been a prodigious learning experience for me since I joined the project. Through this project I learned to communicate with different people with different backgrounds, especially when I was working with the learners at Ohlange Institute and Inanda Comprehensive. This project improved my communication skills and I gained leadership skills.
I am still learning a lot about culture and the interesting history of Inanda, and I am proud to be part of this project.
22 March 2013
I am Sphamandla Phakamani Shongwe. I was born and grew up at Ingwavuma. I studied my Primary School in one of the first full service primary schools in my Religion and municipality, Mpontshini Full Service School. Then I continued my high school at Ingwavuma High School. I completed my matric in 2009 and obtained the bachelor toward commerce studies.
In the year 2010 I entered the well-known university of excellence, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus. I am studying towards a Bachelor of Art majoring in Linguistics and Cultural & Heritage Tourism. During 2010 I joined the organisation within the university called Reproduction Healthy, Educational and Advocacy Programme (RHEAP). Whereby I received a certificate in Peer Education and Facilitation based on epidemic diseases. I got an experience through the behaviour of people in love relationship and also in general life we live in the world.
In the year 2012 I completed one of my major; Cultural and Heritage Tourism. This year I’m studying toward my other major; Linguistics. I’m only studying two modules for entire year.
Currently I am concerned with translation for the Inanda Project founded by Professor Sabine Marschall. My translation began since the beginning of the year 2013. This translation is based on isiZulu and English. Hence the project is multilingual in isiZulu and English. This translation should help me for my profession under linguistics. It is a pleasure to me to embark myself in a project like Inanda, for obtaining practical experience and developing my skills.
I wish to express a gratitude to my fellow students who work in this project for our relationship. And also to thank Professor Marschall for deploying me in this project. I really enjoy my work.
10 April 2013
My name is Nkanyiso Cedric Dlamini. I am a twenty-two year old undergraduate student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus doing B.A in Culture and Heritage Tourism. I was born in KwaMashu Township but moved in 1994 to stay at Inanda-Ohlange, I grew up in Inanda and completed my matric in 2009. Firstly Tourism was not my 1st option when I came to the University, but since I joined the Inanda Project in 2011 now I am passionate about culture and history, I have learnt a lot about culture and heritage especially about the Inanda culture. The Inanda project taught me a lot because when I was growing up in Inanda I was not aware that Inanda is a place that is rich in history and culture, thanks to the Inanda project. Through the Inanda project I have learn a lot and gained leadership skills and enhanced my communication skills especial working with the learners at Inanda Comprehensive High School.
I am very proud to be part of the Inanda project because of the knowledge I have acquired and there is still lot that I will learn.
22 April 2013
My name is Arisha Govender. I matriculated at Durban Girls’ High School. I have completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree majoring in Cultural and Heritage Tourism as well as in
Media and Communications at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN), Howard College Campus. I pursued a Postgraduate qualification at the UKZN Edgewood Campus in Bachelor of Education Honours in Social Science Education. I had an opportunity to have exposure and involvement in coordinating the following projects: 1st, 2nd & 3rd year Tourism Student fieldtrips since 2009, Representing and Exhibiting UKZN Tourism Department in the National and Provincial Tourism Careers Expo since 2009, Durban Tourism and the eThekwini Municipality Product Assessments in the Accommodation sector – Evaluations before the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in South Africa, Community outreach project at Ohlange High School and Inanda Comprehensive High School since 2010, Facilitated a Umbele Wolwazi Education Trust Environmental Awareness Project (Sponsored by Engen during the COP17 Climate Summit held in Durban) and further to this I am gaining invaluable knowledge into a current project which entails the background history of the Indian community who resided in the Inanda District Area. Their stories will help relive their experiences, thoughts and shared memories of what was and what is. I am inspired by the education obtained and driven by my passion to make a difference to all those that are less fortunate. I live by the quote by the highly admired, Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
My name is Nokwethemba Vilakazi (22) I was born in Nkandla and moved to begin my early education in one of the special boarding schools at UMlazi. I matriculated in 2010 and recently I completed my undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Heritage Tourism at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Studying Fine Art was my first option, but since it was not offered in Howard College and the transfer to do it at Pietermaritzburg was not successful, I decided to register for a structured degree in tourism. I find it very fascinating since it dealt more with culture and heritage, of which are the things I am very passionate about.
Reading and translating few things in this site, gave me more insight on the things I believe I could have acquired if I spent most of my time at Nkandla. This project carries out valuable information and all the cultural practices that are recorded in this site are done almost the same as other parts of KwaZulu-Natal, and this shows that it also useful to the people of other regions not only the people of Inanda. I would like to see everyone participating in this project, especial young people as they are regarded as people who have turned away from their culture whereas there are not many websites that offer such valuable information.
In the meantime I am planning to start Honours Program in Anthropology and switch it to Cultural Heritage Tourism next year. Part-time I going to continue learning French and Swahili, I believe learning new language does not only offer you more opportunity to speak, but it also gives you an insight to other cultures, lifestyle and a chance to see the world with a different view. Since I am still interested in art, I would be much happier to contribute on the visual elements of art. I think the uniqueness of the things we make with hands and that we regard as our traditional items has a story to tell about our where we come from, how we view and interpret things.
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