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November 14, 2013

Ayanda Ngcobo on Inanda FM

Ayanda Ngcobo talks about eNanda Online’s most recent posts in an interview on Inanda FM.
14 November 2013.

November 9, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – Inaugural meeting

The municipality, under the leadership of Durban Green Corridor, is planning to develop a walking trail through Inanda, ultimately leading all the way from Bridge City to the Inanda Dam area. This is meant to turn existing green spaces in Inanda into useful recreational resources for the community and attract hikers and tourists to provide a unique local experience and create economic benefits for the community.

An initial planning meeting was held at Phoenix Settlement on 8 November 2013 and this report sums up what was discussed. Watch this space for regular updates and leave your comments and suggestions below!


A variety of stakeholder were invited and the following persons attended: Gary Cullen (Durban Green Corridor (DGC) – chair of meeting); Angela Baker (City Architects); Bongani Mthembu (Phoenix Settlement); Mandla Nxumalo (Ohlange); Siyabonga Luthuli (Business Support Unit); Desan Gounden (Parks Department); Sabine Marschall (UKZN and eNanda Online); Zandile Ngcobo (DGC); Lungile Ntuli (Inanda Comprehensive High School); Patrick Masinga (Durban Tourism); Siphiwe Cele ( INK – ABM); Rev Scott Couper (Inanda Seminary); Wiseman Mhlongo  (DGC);  Brenda Phathaki (Durban Tourism); Alina Fleczok (intern with DGC); Mareike Behnke (intern with DGC); Loyiso Ntslaze (intern with DGC).


– the trail will complement the city’s Woza eNanda driving route, but provide a uniquely different experience with emphasis on human encounters and community interaction and spending opportunities for tourists;

– development in sections, starting with the section from Phoenix Settlement via Ekuphakameni to Ohlange Institute, and extension over time.

– different coloured signs and interpretation boards can be put up along the trail to map out routes with different thematic emphasis: e.g. cultural/historical, nature-based, fun/entertainment;  sport eg hiking, running and mountain biking.

– a very preliminary route has been mapped out (see picture), but the details are to be determined;

– community participation and ownership are very important from the planning phase to implementation and management to bring forward the many possible attractions, to ensure sustainability and for safety for walkers;

– strong emphasis on school participation; competitions can be held among the schools; learners can be involved in clean-up campaigns and in designing the details of the trails; through learners, awareness is created among parents and the wider community;

– the trail can become an important educational resource for school learners;

– clean-up and visual improvement is needed (e.g. signage, paving, landscaping)

– various members of the community can get involved and potentially benefit by providing services or ‘attractions’ along the path; e.g. providing opportunities for tasting home-cooked food, etc.

– awareness must be created among various potential users of the trail, including Amblers, Ramblers and other hiking clubs; MTB community, etc.

– sponsored annual events could be held that draw in schools from other parts of eThekwini to participate alongside local schools and community members

– tourism sector must be made aware to develop products and services along the route;


Immediate action

–  on Tuesday 12 November a small alien clearing team will check the proposed route and open up where necessary;

–  on Friday 15 November at 8am, a task team will walk a small section of the proposed trail, starting from Phoenix Settlement to Ohlange to get a hands-on experience of the opportunities and challenges. Anyone is invited to join!

–   The following schools – Shembe Primary; Kasturba Gandhi Primary; Inanda Comprehensive High School; Ohlange High School; Mandla Kayisa Lower Primary and Langalibalele Higher Primary School, which are situated along the first section of the trail, will be encouraged to participate and they will be approached to send a management representative on the walk on Friday 15 November.


Next meeting

Friday 22 November 10am at Phoenix Settlement.

The agenda will be …

–  to discuss the findings from the 15 November walk

– to consider a draft project concept plan

– to consider if any possible start up activities during December


Sabine Marschall 8/11/13

Woza eNanda Walking Trail, approximate preliminary route proposal

Woza eNanda Walking Trail, approximate preliminary route proposal

Detail: Phoenix to Ohlange



November 6, 2013

Making Zulu shields – Thembinkosi Nelson Mthembu

Mr Thembinkosi Nelson Mthembu in Inanda (Newtown A) makes Zulu shields and other objects from animal skin. He was interviewed by Nkanyiso Dlamini on 16 October 2013.

Brief summary by Nkanyiso Dlamini. Find th full transcript on the Zulu page.

The first question is about one of the most widely recognizable objects or artifact that can be easily identified with the Zulu tradition which is a Shield (commonly known as ihawu in isiZulu language). Mr. Mthembu is asked to explain the process behind creating a shield which was originally made for protection for war men in historical Zulu nation. He firstly points out the fact that the creation of all Zulu artifacts has not changed much since back in the days, for example to create a shield he still needs fresh animal skin that is recently just been taken off a particular animal in this situation a cow’s skin, and this has been the tradition from his great grandparents back in times of King Shaka Zulu. The process involves, firstly thoroughly washing the cow’s skin with bar soap, and a lot of water, and then they straighten the skin and leave out in the sun to dry out for a few days

As the interview progresses Mr. Mthembu is asked whether the process of creating a big shield is the same for smaller version of shields, and he states that the process is the same for all sizes. The sizes where always different even in historical times just like today, the difference lies in that back in those days the larger harder ones where the ones used by men who were preparing for war. Now smaller ones created for children and sometimes depending on the situation women when doing their traditional isiZulu dances.

Other animals skin which are used in creating these Zulu attires are all other types of Dear such as Springboks, Kudu’s, and Gemsboks depending on whichever one gets hunted at the time.

More questions are asked to Mr. Mthembu about other objects that are native to the isiZulu culture such as objects that are sandals which are made from old car tyres and copping boards (isithebe). Knob kerrie which it (isagila) Zulu and the spears.

Thembinkosi Nelson Mthembu with Nkanyiso Dlamini

November 1, 2013

Virginity testing – Nombulelo Madondo

Phindile Chiliza and Sihle Mkhamisa conducted an interview with Mrs Nombulelo Madondo, who runs a virginity testing school in Inanda next to eMtshebheni . The interview took place at her home on 6 October 2013. English summary by Phindile Chiliza. Switch to Zulu page for the full interview.

The virginity testing ceremony is very deep and broad more that it seems to be before the eyes of the public. It can be very sensitive, or better yet, it is very fragile when not handled with care, for it surrounds and revolves around the future of the nation. In order for one to open a virgin testing school or organization it has to be some sort of a calling, not merely and inspiration one sees from someone and wishes to do it themselves. Maidens are not only tested, but they are also taught a way of living, respect, their culture and all various skills that each and every individual require, including doing bead work  and are ever motivated.

There is actually no age restriction in virginity testing, thus in most circumstances, testing begins at the age of 8 upward. Hygiene and privacy is the core of virginity testing. The department of Health supports the virgin test. A certificate of merit is only offered or issued in each and every six month. Likewise, a crucial challenge most of virginity testing institutions is non-other than financial support (funding). So most monies come from the stakeholders of the institution’s pocket. This institution was established in 2009 by Mrs Madondo with the reasons that she saw the elders people like the role model in the community doing bad things not taking care of themselves and then she decided to establish the institution izintombi zama siko esintu. She was doing this work of virginity testing in her doors to her children and she realized later that this is selfish she must consult next doors and she called a meeting with people around and she introduced this thing of virginity testing asking for girls and the parents allowed her to test their maidens till today.

The only person who get tested is only young maidens who are still clean and pure and she also stated that if she finds out that the maiden is not pure, she put a white dot in a forehead like others then she write a letter or call her mother telling her that next month must come with her daughter to the virginity testing so that must see herself that her child is not a virgin anymore. This institution was opened because of HIV; the aim was to protect the young maidens from having sex while they are young. And the maidens are proud of being tested every month and they even said that this thing of virginity testing brings dignity to them and they are respected in the community.

This practice need to be preserved for future generations so that they will also live pure and clean life. And even government must do something to help this practice especially financial wise. In order to do this work it must be a calling.



October 30, 2013

Photos of Leonard Robert Cele

Leonard Robert Cele (1912 – 1954)

Leonard Robert Cele


Standing from left: Leonard Robert Cele (1912 – 1954) and Frances Tosh (formerly Gumede) Cele (1914 – 2000) Photo taken in 1937 on their wedding day. Inanda Mission Station.

L.R. Cele (Principal) of eMawoti Primary School

L.R. Cele (Principal) of eMawoti Primary School

Courtesy of Mwelele Cele (private collection)

October 30, 2013

Rev. B.K. Dludla – Photos

Reverend B.K Dludla was chair of Inanda Seminary Governing Council from 1965-1981.

Photos are courtesy of Ilanga News

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Rev. B.K Dludla

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Rev. B.K Dludla

October 23, 2013

Masisizane Service Centre – Daycare for Pensioners, Mrs Rita Bophela

Masisizane Service Centre is a Daycare for Pensioners (old aged) as well as orphans. First established in the 1955, 58 years ago, situated in the township of Inanda (4). The Centre is among very long-serving centers in and around Durban. With its excellence in the community, Masisizane looks after various Pensioners and orphans from various backgrounds. Its principal motive for such is to give the old aged people self-confident, self-esteem and the feeling of belonging in the community. Here pensioners are given a life-time opportunity of doing what first amuses them, they are taught various skills, and tones of hand work. They try by all means not to use the modern, sophisticated technologies while working or in completing various activities. Thus, they use their hands and brains. Reason being, they, according to Mrs. Bophela, the Founder, encourage activeness in elder people, being able to use their hands without the assistance of technologies they might not have them back at their homes.

To reminisce, Masisizane Service Centre became a vision of Mrs. Bophela way back while she was still working as a Nurse at the McCord Hospital, where she tirelessly worked for 35 year, before retiring. Her vision has always been to change the community that she lives in. So one day on her way to work, as usual, she saw pensioners being seated in the cold, during the harsh weather of June and July (winter), while waiting for their grants. Seeing such havoc, her lifetime vision then arose. Masisizane Service Centre was established to help those poor pensioners to; at least get a shelter to wait in while waiting for their Government grant, instead of helplessly sitting in the cold of the winter’s harsh weather. And she’d provide them with tea to warm them up while waiting for their grants, for at some point, the grant payment would (used to) take place at the premises of Masisizane Service Centre.

The term Masisizane simple means “Let’s help one another/ let’s help each other,” which was the/is the prophecy of Mrs. Bophela. And yes, people do get help here, not only pensioners and orphans, but the entire community of Inanda and beyond. Help is what you see and get in the centre.

The Masisizane Service Centre offers various services to the community. Besides being a daycare for adults, the centre also offers some skills both to pensioners and orphans, and to the community as a whole. Grannies are taught beadwork, they do garden on their own, for themselves, both in the centre and to their homes as well. At Masisizane they also make their own candles, using their hands. The candle making process Mrs. Bophela refers to it as an exercise for grannies. For she says that they chant and dance while making candles, and they really enjoy it. They do pottery, tailor or sewing, participate in sports, getting educated through ABET program. The also host an exhibition day (Display Day) where they showcase with their products where they invite people to come a browse, and buy their products. Here grannies are made to feel brand new or young.

Click here to listen to the clip in isiZulu:

Sihle Makhamisa 6 October 2013