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March 11, 2015

Woza eNanda Urban Trail – Stakeholder guided walk

After the final steering committee meeting of the year, a guided walk for key stakeholders of the Urban Trail project was organized on 8 December 2014.  Among the participants were teachers of the local schools, members of the SAPS, local community structures, INK Tourism and Durban Green Corridor. Gary Cullen welcomed and briefed the stakeholders. Participants were then divided into two groups, one guided by Mlungisi Mthembu, the other by Thabo Zulu assisted by Sanele Mvuyane. Along the way, explanations were given, local entertainment options checked out and food and beverage items sampled. In time for the Festive Season, Durban Tourism has produced a brochure that includes guided tours of the Woza eNanda Urban Trail.

 

 

January 20, 2015

Joyce Themba Mthembu – memories of Inanda

PHOTO 05English summary of an interview with Joyce Themba Mthembu about her memories of Inanda on 24th September 2014. Interview and summary by Sanele Mthethwa

Joyce Mthembu said they arrived at eNanda in 1976, she was at the age of 19 to 20 years and started working at Butter. Joyce explained that during the time of apartheid the life was too hard for them; she said they used to wake up at 04:00 o’clock in the morning and go to work around 05:30. Transport was the main issue when they grew up in eNanda. The transport that they were using was called ukuthuthuka kwama Qadi which was a bus. During that time they were only using buses; later there were vans which used to take people who are going to work and offload them to the bus stops, then the buses would take them and leave them where they work.

Joyce said when you compare eNanda, the one that they live in now and the old one, there is a huge difference. She said shops are now near their homes, since they have Dube village as their closest shopping centre. She argued that the place has been developed so much; the transport is more available now compared to previous years. Joyce grew up during the time whereby they did not have tar road, they used to walk on gravel and in 1976 when she was going to work, and she used to carry shoes with her hands due to the mud, especially when it had rained; but now all that has changed. Among the infrastructure problems they had to face daily, she also mentioned how scarce water supply was, for instance they had to buy water for R1.00 a bucket.

Joyce talks about the war between Indian people and black people which is well known as iNanda riot. She said black people were abusing Indians taking their stuff and burning their stores. She said black people took everything which belongs to Indian people, for example television sets and food. After the riot, she points out the tension between Indians and blacks. She remembers the hard conditions black people had to work under at Pinetown Company called Butter, where she was also working. She says that Indian people were teasing them, calling them by names and saying things like “we saw you on television abusing Indians”.

Another thing that she remembers about eNanda is the conflict between Inkatha Freedom Party and African National Congress which started after iNanda riot and ended in 1994 after elections.

Joyce when she grew up during weekend she was cooking, cleaning, do washing and go to fetch water. Joyce said they were playing indigenous games when there were still young e.g. shumpu.

 

January 20, 2015

Kay Mzizi – traditional healer at Ohlange

Interview with Mr Kay Mzizi on the 03 of September 2014 at eNanda, Ohlange. Interviewer: Zandile Mazibuko

 

I hear that you are called ‘umlaphi’ a traditional healer, how does a person go about in wanting to be like you. The training and learning process and how do you know you have the calling?

How did I learn?

Yes, whether you learn or not?

Ok number one; you need to know the different plants that grow in the forests. Number two, I will give you may example according to me, I am originally from Eastern Cape when I was still in school in 1979, you take different plants and put them together , call a girl by means of blowing the plants in the air saying you need them here. Secondly someone comes and tells you this is their problem, then you put this and that plant together and you solve the problem. Going past that you come to the place of having a gift that is given by the ancestors. Maybe you’re a prayer or a sangoma, you need to tell people seeking your help the truth and the person must let you know that you’re saying the truth and if not they also need to let you know.

Are you satisfied?

Yes baba

Thank you girl

Can I please ask, how do you deal with a situation whereby you cannot seem to resolve the person’s situation because African people go and try to interpret things at a traditionalist, what do you say to them if you cannot seem to find a solution?

Thank you, this is what happens, you come to me and ask for my help, you therefore explain to me what is going on and if I see that I do not see clearly to your matter, I throw my bones and talk to my ancestors to show me what is this person suffering from and that so this and that plant will be what they need to help them.

Do you get me?

Yes I do

For example another person comes and says I am sick because of this and that, I throw my bones to see if there is anything else and my ancestors tell me you do not need anything but only to prepare traditional Zulu beer.

That’s it?

That is it, maybe the cause of this is the dispute of the person in need’s ancestors and what they need is meat and traditional Zulu beer but not a big ceremony of slaughtering a cow or goat because this may cause a conflict to the ancestors because some of them were involved in a car accident and that is how they past on, now blood on blood is not acceptable.

Do you hear me?

Yes I do

Same as when people who die on car accidents, they are not brought back home because their blood will come and finish the whole family. Also when buying a car, you do not slaughter a goat because that blood will cause bad luck on the car for you, like an accident.

Who does not like a car?

Nobody because I also like it but not only that I also need it

All you need to do is thank the ancestors by setting alight “impepho”, do not say thank you but say can I have a better car, it is also about finding a job, everyone needs to have a job and you want to get paid well when you have that job so do not say thank you to the ancestors but say can they provide you with a better one because they will assume that you are happy and satisfied so they’re help is not needed anymore, you’ve had enough.

You can ask any question you like

Ok

Even sangoma’s come to me and ask for my assistance, talking about that they are closed. Same as liquor shop owners who say that they are closed down and I tell them that it is because someone bewitched your business by buying at your shop with a bottle which has been put pig fat oil or horse oil and gave it to you, you there after put it with the other bottles and then the spell works in closing your means of production. This is all due to the fact that people do unforeseen things that are wrong just because of jealousy or greed. People are not the same, they have different problems and I can do this or anyone else out of knowledge and experience.

One minute!

Ok go ahead, ask my girl

What is the difference between all of you, sangoma’s, inyanga and umlaphi because I can see that some of the things you use are the same as sangoma’s use too? What are your different job titles?

Ok firstly, I use water and plants (muthi) and when necessary bones too. I go to the Isipingo Sea or another waterfall, these other practitioners do not use water in most cases, and some cannot even go to the forest because they cannot interact with the snakes there because it is their totems. The reason why they are called differently is because of their different callings, their totems in which they work with and the training and practice process that is different, to prove this for example there is a boy “Mandla” who came to me with a problem of not finding a job, I went and dipped him in the dam that I normally got to at four in the morning and he found a job within days and he did not even believe in these things. Whereas the sangoma is the one who goes to the sea and dip themselves not the person who seeks help, they send people to do certain things.

If you’re the one who is sick, how do you help yourself because normally people such as yourself do not help themselves?

Thank you, there is this springbok skin that I have from my training, I take it and I lay on a traditional mate called “ucansi” and take the springbok skin and make it my blanket on the floor at 00:00pm at night I then dream and the ancestors show me which and which plant I mix and use it to be healed. At home a child broke their arm and I had to put such and such of medicine on the wound and they were ok after the next few days, I tell you we don’t normally go to hospitals.

What about your own children or close family, do you help them or do they seek help from someone else?

I help them, whatever the sickness but I am the one who helps them because in most cases I know things before hand for example when a member of the family is pregnant, I know the gender of the child, the day it will be born and they do not go to hospitals. If there is any problems towards the pregnancy then it needs to be fixed maybe she is pregnant and the boyfriend has another girlfriend that they are fighting, maybe she has bewitched her underwear now so I fix that. All my children get married and they deliver at home because there are certain mixtures I make them drink before giving birth. As for someone else I make them go to the hospital quickly before the child is born here.

Are you satisfied?

Yes I am thank you

You can ask another question, I like children like you who want to learn by asking, you see each and every problem of a person showing this and that sign means this and that.

I am learning so much today

Can you interpret dreams and how do you go about it?

Yes I can and good

I’ve been having the same dream in one night and this dream involves meat and a thief and people who are telling me this are people that I know, warning me about this person? What does it mean?

Ok let me tell you, there are people who have small creatures that work for them as I have said that I started this back in 1979. We use to herd cattle cows, goats as small boys and these creatures usually told us what medicine to use because they relate to children because of their innocence, they use to bring us food like maas to eat and when we got older they left us, so sometimes people use these creatures to do bad things to others out of jealousy. There are these creatures in the townships whereby a person practicing witchcraft sleeps with a monkey and they produce this creature for them to be able to commit such acts. Finally there is this animal that looks like a rat and it is sent to steal your underwear, it pokes a hole on it and takes that piece to the sender, they therefore mix that piece with money and medicine and you find yourself not having money and not even getting married because of this. There is another animal which looks like a cat but it has three legs most people who practice witchcraft have that animal and so they also send it to do ugly things. You see my girl this is all created by the eye in which it sees a person as a threat and it becomes jealous so people are like that in life.

Do you have a specific kind of group of patients that you help for example a white person comes and seeks for your help, do you help them?

Yes very well, I help all kind of races, it does not matter who it is or what their race is, its all about the situation that they are coming with. I have helped so many people from different races, Indians and White people for example one other time an Indian lady came to me asking how can she get rid of the huge pimples on her face and can I tell her who did this to her. I told her that I cannot tell her who it is but what I can do is get rid of the pimple and I did so because I could see that who did this (it was a black lady) to her it was because at work she treats other staff members badly and she returned to come and thank me. This is the same as when someone wants to be with you or do the same as the Indian lady all they do is have a black string put horse oil on it and other medicines, they call your name in the air and when they bury the string and you cross over it, automatically you have the pimples all over your face due to what that person has done.

Do you get me?

Yes I do

Good

I see pictures around here in your office and it shows that you work with hospital nurses; do you work with them and other people?

Ok listen, yes I do work with them, you see I work also on different projects with the community people. I take care of children from an early age who are poverty stricken at home and they do a course on health care after they finish matric and because I have certificates for people who can do home base care practical’s with, I take them and they finish and I send them to big hospitals to work there for a living. This stops a child from giving herself to men just to make ends meet at home for her. Because these children are hungry and I run a soup kitchen for them where they get porridge for breakfast early in the morning and they eat lunch and some even carry the food home so I help them to not go hungry, be able to focus at school and even if they do not have electricity back home I take it out of my own pocket for them to be able to study, this eliminates poverty and starvation. As for the boys I put them in my soccer team for them to not do drugs and steal to survive because for them to provide this habit they could smash your car’s wind-screen and take the car’s radio, now all these costs just for a radio in which he will sell for R20 and when you ask them they say it is because I was hungry. So once they are well trained, big teams like Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates want them and they go and play for those teams.

I also give out food parcels for homeless children and grown-ups during the December month because some children do not have parents and they need that experience of having a parent because umuntu ngumutu ngabantu. Some people come with cases that they have lost their wives and they want them back home and so I help them, I help even people who do not have money.

Wouldn’t someone see what you are doing as wrong?

No it’s something we have always done in our culture it’s just that people have been turned to be corrupt and some lie and use these women and leave them. What is important is that mother’s and women in general are the peace-makers in homes and men are not well respected when there is no woman in his life, homes are stable because of women and if a woman is not happy at home she talks about it unlike men. Most cases I deal with has to do with these things of infidelity in marriages, stepmothers and they children, men and their drinking habits but I would say that men who drink tend to speak the truth unlike those who do not they have many secrets.

I have hardship with people and their relationships

Ok

So no truth no solutions! Are you satisfied?

Yes I’m satisfied

For the record can you please repeat your full name and surname?

Ok, I’m Kay Mzizi originally from Eastern Cape, Phonqho I came in 1985 to Durban and worked at the harbor, offloading goods.

Thank you sir

No thank you.

 

 

 

January 20, 2015

KASI 2 KASI TOUR – Woza eNanda Heritage Route

Date: Sunday 1 February 2015

Times: 10hoo – 18h00

Departure point – GREEN HUB, Blue Lagoon, Durban

Tour description

Experience the Shisanyama barbecue brunch at Under the Moon Lounge. Discover the cultural soul of Inanda and feel this township dynamic atmosphere as you walk in the steps of some of the world’s great leaders. Get a chance to pay respects to Dr. John Dube at Ohlange High School where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in South Africa’s long-awaited first democratic elections.

Hear the story behind these great leaders and learn about the times when they walked the same footpaths and walkways that you will be stepping in. Cross into the rural Mzinyathi area and learn about the spiritual significance of the waterfall of the same name. Get a chance to enjoy mountain biking, watersports and or any available activity at Inanda Dam as you waiting to enjoy the tour-end braai with other traveler’s before heading back home.

Tour itinerary

11:h00 Departure from Green Hub to Under the Moon Lounge for a Shisa Nyama Experience +/- 30min drive
11:30 – 12:30 Shisa Nyama brunch at Under the Moon Lounge 1hr
12:30 Departure from Under the Moon Lounge to Gandhi Settlement – 15min drive
13:15 Departure from Gandhi Settlement to Shembe Settlement of Ekuphakameni -30min drive
14:h00 Departure from Shembe Settlement of Ekuphakameni to Ohlange Institute -10min drive
14:40 Departure from Ohlange Institute to Mzinyathi Falls -15min drive
15:30 Departure from Mzinyathi Water Fall to eNanda Adventures -30min drive
16:00 – 17:00 Tour end braai at INanda Dam 1hr
18:00 Departure from Inanda Adventures to Greenhub, Blue Lagoon +/- 45min drive
19:00 TOUR END

This fully guided tour includes transportation with a Luxury Bus, Shisa Nyama Experience (barbeque) and Tour end braai (2 Meals)

NB: Additional beverages at your own cost.

For more information, please contact Lwazi Nqetho on 083 553 7898 | info@shadowstavern.com

November 25, 2014

Thandazile Mkhize – memories of Inanda

thandazile Mkhize English summary of an Interview with Thandazile Mkhize by Noluthando Ndwandwa at eNanda Newtown B on 2 October 2014.

Thandazile Mkhize is an elderly hard working woman whom I, Noluthando Ndwandwa, interviewed on the 2nd Of October 2014 this woman who was born and bred in Inanda and shares with us her most vivid memories of her childhood upbringing and that she was raised by a single parent, her mother being the bread winner in the home. Thandazile Mkhize, a 2nd born in 4 daughters tells us how Inanda was before and the changes it has gone through. She spent all her formative years in Ohlange and later moved to Newtown B section with her immediate family. She now stays with her son and grandchildren.

Before Inanda was in a rural setting and people planted fresh produce; they had cattle which would freely graze the lands (I managed to get an old photo showing how Inanda the Ohlange Area was before and after). People back then didn’t have many forms of entertainment; at the most they would visit relatives and go to church. She says that kind of setting really helped because it built their morals as children and they weren’t exposed to alcohol also she never had the urge to indulge in bad activities. Besides that she was afraid and she respected the elders. Regarding transport, she says they used Indian buses; there were no taxis and if the family was wealthy, they used the old model cars. But very few homes had cars, mostly they used buses; to go town it was R1.50 bus fare. Thandazile Mkhize sent a heartfelt message that she would like the youth to be more focused on school and empowering themselves and she pleads that government opens up job opportunities because it is saddening when graduates sit at home and they all have to live on a small government pension.Thandazile Mkhize is on the other hand very grateful for the new developments within the area like the Dube Mall and the New RDP houses they are about to receive.

Thandazile Mkhize speaks fondly of her mother and the Langa family, how they assisted in her upbringing especially since her mother was their domestic worker. The few cents she got would bring food and bread to the table and also the huge role that J.L DUBE played by bringing schools closer and western amenities like the library. With the skills offered in the school she is very grateful to Mafukuzela who was not selfish but threw the breads in the waters.

Summary by Nolunthando Ndwandwa

 

the old house Thandazile mkhize was Staying at in NewTown B the new RDP house

November 19, 2014

Interview with Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi about Thembalethu Primary School and Mshayazafe

IMG-20140924-WA0003Summary of an interview with Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi about Mshayazafe in Inanda:

Mr Mnqayi is one of the very few elderly men who came at Inanda at the age of 24 and became very active so that today he still resides in the community even though he was not born in Inanda. In the interview he speaks about being a co-founder of the Thembelethu primary School. Due to the ANC and the IFP Riots which lasted for ears from 1987 – 1990, the area was divided and ruled according to two parties, the IFP area and the ANC area. Those who were from the IFP area were not allowed in the ANC area and those from the ANC area were not allowed in the IFP area too. However this resulted to the children from IFP area being excluded from the ANC schools and there was a need for parents to intervene in such situations and Mr Mnqayi was the one and his idea became very successful. Mr Mnqayi further states that there was a high need for the school because their children were no longer safe once they are caught in the ANC area they get injured and even killed and there were no schools for their children at all and the Thembelethu Primary School was formed through the cottage that was left by the Indians while the blacks were forcibly invading the Indians houses, shops and farms.

In the beginning Mr Mnqayi talks about the environment of Inanda on how it was divided during the apartheid government; Inanda was divided into two – the white government and the Zulu government which was according to chiefs (Ubukhosi ) and great leaders (Izinduna).

Mshayazafe means ‘beat him/her to death’. That’s how the name Mshayazafe came about. Mshayazafe was a tavern that was owned by a woman, but you could swear it was a man, the way it was operating. Mshayazafe was having her bouncer who will take you out if  are troubling them and she was having her people specific for her tavern helping when there is someone whose troubling her. KwaMshayazafe you were not supposed to do wrong things because if you are caught they will beat you to death and when you are caught with the knife they beat you in such a way that no one can even try to help you; once you are caught you are dead already. However people enjoyed drinking and partying at KwaMshayazafe because this women was having radios and other equipment that were scarce at that time and because she was a women she used to cook (Usu) inyama yangaphakathi and sell it to her clients. So many people from different places such as eMawoti came to KwaMshayazafe to drink and also to play cards. There was a man called Nyathikazi, who was appointed by an Indian to give land to people who want to stay at Inanda. He was also a spy working with the Polish called Oqonda; he was from the KwaMshayazafe area, so when people want development they just used uMshayazafe and the place was called Mshayazafe Development but they can still point themselves that this one is from eZihlabathini,this one from Vutha, this one from Mnyama road etc.

Mr Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi has a good memory because he was recalling the years in which these things took place and even the names of the people who were involved during their implementation of the school . He can recall everything and emphasised that you can go to any of the houses at Inanda, but you cannot find any information about Thembalethu Primary School and Mshayazafe Development. He also stressed the point that at school they had never done anything for him but only come to him when they want the history of Thembalethu primary School.

The sad thing, said Mr Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi, is that heroes like him will only be recognised once they are gone!

Interview and summary:  Andile Mkwanazi 24 September 2014

 

 

November 19, 2014

Khayelihle Mnqayi – dance teacher in Inanda

ZULU CHILDREN THAT DANCE INGOMASummary of interview with KHAYELIHLE MNQAYI, a dance teacher in Inanda

KHAYELIHLE MNQAYI, WAS BORN AT KWAMAPHUMULO, HE DID HIS PRIMARY LEVEL AT MBITANE PRIMARY SCHOOL, THEN HE WENT TO LINCOPHO, FROM THERE HE WENT TO OHLANGE INSTITUTE WHERE HE COMPLETED HIS HIGH SCHOOL, KNOWN AS MATRIC.

HE IS A DANCE TEACHER AT HIS AREA KNOWN AS INANDA.HE STATES THAT THE DANCE THEY DO IS NOT CALL A DANCE BUT THEY CALL IT “INGOMA”, HE SAID THAT THERE IS INGOMA FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT VARIES IN THREE CATEGORIES, ONE KNOWN AS ISICHUNU WHICH IS FAST, THEN USHAMENI WHICH IS NOT FAST AS THE OTHERS, BUT AT ALL IT IS KNOWN AS INGOMA IN THE ZULU WAY.

HE STARTED LEARNING IT A KWAMAPHUMULO FROM HIS PRIMARY LEVEL.HE JUST LEARNT BY WATCHING THOSE WHO WERE OLDER THAN HIM DOING IT, BY THAT TIME HE WAS DOING GRADE 5. SO HE LOOKED AT THE DANCE THEN LATER HE KNEW HOW TO MOVE HIS FOOT AND CLAP THOSE HANDS. EVEN DURING THE TIME WHEN HE WENT TO HIGH, HE CONTINUED TO DANCE. EVEN WHEN HE MOVED HERE TO DURBAN, HE CONTINUED UNTIL HE FORMED HIS OWN DANCE GROUPS AT INANDA.

AT INANDA WHERE HE RESIDES HE IS HAVING A GROUP CALLED AMAQWANE, WHICH CONSISTS OF LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THEN THERE IS UMKHONTO FOR LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. KHAYELIHLE MENTIONED THAT NOBODY TAUGHT HIM, JUST LEARNT IT BY WATCHING THE ELDERS DANCING IT WHEN THERE WERE EVENTS IN HIS AREA. WHEN HE STARTED HIS PRIMARY LEVEL, HIS UNCLES USED TO HAVE THEIR OWN GROUPS KNOWN AS LIONS, SO KHAYELIHLE MENTIONED THE FACT THAT INGOMA CAN BE DONE ANYTIME, EVEN WHEN YOU WALKING WITH FRIENDS, YOU CAN DO INGOMA.

Interview and English summary: Tebenguni Nxumalo, 6 October 2014, Inanda