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July 4, 2016

Welcome to Inanda

NGONYAMA character and role playing as a taxi assistant, formally known as a “taxi conductor”

NGONYAMA character and role playing as a taxi assistant, formally known as a “taxi conductor”

Welcome to Inanda where men and women work hard day in day out to provide for their families that despite the unfavourable conditions they continue to go about their ways to better their lives and make ends meet. They seek for opportunities every day to make any income from nothing to something

This is a place where the youth should be encouraged not to turn a blind eye to each and every person standing in the corner selling our daily needed products, they might not be earning big wages and working highly profiled jobs but it is important that we identify the main aim which is to support their young children as priority. The youth still have a bright future ahead and therefore must be considered as upcoming future leaders, so it is vital for them to relate, follow these examples and apply them into their lives to maybe be inspired to initiate their careers or start their own businesses to build a better village.

Ngonyama as a shoe maker who specialises mainly to fix shoes in exchange for money as income.

Ngonyama as a shoe maker who specialises mainly to fix shoes in exchange for money as income.

It is also important to recognise the fact that as much as people expect development within the Township we individually have a responsibility to better our lives in every good way as much as possible so that collectively we will can become a stronger community. We must love, get along with one another and take pride in the place we live in. All of this may sound like a cliché but kids should always know that the key to a better future is to “stay in school” because education is our tool for success

We are living in an era where we need to teach ourselves to stop looking for jobs but to create. It takes perseverance and a lot of dedication to start something on your own and build it up to become a strong product that people to take interest into and turn into loyal customers.  The photo below is a good example of a person who is determined to achieve their goal despite all the negative appearances this type of trade would display to people within the community.

Selling chickens, waiting for potential customers all day to show interest without any guarantee, shows perseverance. The trick is to position yourself in a very public location so that majority can see the product and be easily accessible

Selling chickens, waiting for potential customers all day to show interest without any guarantee, shows perseverance. The trick is to position yourself in a very public location so that majority can see the product and be easily accessible

Vendors are a big part of our culture because onlookers easily identify them subconsciously as a description of this township in terms of development. At the end of the day we as the community collectively are responsible for how our place looks. Whether you sell vegetables, run a Spaza shop, or a small mobile retail shop your presence makes an impact on how Inanda is perceived.

A Barber is another common trade in the Townships

A mobile retail shop selling clothes.

A mobile retail shop selling clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chxb19WRp68&feature=youtu.be

 

Written by: Musa Zwane

Photography: Nhlanhla Mnise

Model: Kuhle Ngonyama

Inanda, Durban, South Africa

03 July 2016

November 16, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update (1)

Woza eNanda Walking Trail Development Team

Despite the rainy weather, a dedicated task team set out on an exploratory walk from Phoenix Settlement to Ohlange on Friday 15 November. This followed the inaugural planning meeting held the previous week. The team found that the trail has great appeal and could become both a unique resource for the local community and a big tourist attraction, with many opportunities for local people to benefit. However, there are also problem areas that need to be addressed, including litter, alien invasion, slippery mud paths, and difficult water crossings.

The next meeting will be held on Friday 22 November at Phoenix Settlement 10am to discuss the experience and the way forward. Please leave your comments and suggestions below!

 

These pictures were taken along the exploratory walk:

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GPS based route mapping

 

Sabine Marschall 16/11/13

 

 

February 7, 2013

Bob Mfeka

Bob Mfeka was born at Inanda. He was really helpful man both at church and in the community of Inanda where he was born. He attended United Congregational Church of South Africa (UCCSA) where his passion for community started. Bob Mfekas love for people passed the borders of his church to the community of Inanda and the surroundings whereby he motivated the youth and gave advice to the people who needed advice. Bob was gifted in technology. He was helpful both at church and in the community for his expertise in the use of audio visual equipment where he helped in documenting and recording church and community events.

Bob  never chose which person to help or not. He helped everybody who needed his help.  Bob died while helping a neighbor who came knocking to his house at midnight suffering from labor pains. Bob rushed the neighbor to the hospital. On his way back home Bob was run over by a car and he died in the scene while crossing the hospital road going back to his car.

Source: Interview by Xolani Magwaza with Mrs Mthalane on 2 January 2013

Listen to the recording in isiZulu: Bob Mfeka

For more information on certain organizations or people mentioned in this post click on one of the links below:

The United Congregational Church of Southern Africa – Official website

November 30, 2012

Thami Mdlalose – Madlula Travel & Tours

Thami Mdlalose from Madlula Travel & Tours explains how he became a tour operator

Or listen to the audio clip:

Summary: Thami is from Inanda. He talks about background and the plight of unemployment in his community. This passion driven individual talks about how he developed himself and his tour operating company, Madludla Travel and Tours even with the economic and social challenges that he faced growing up. Local and National Tourism Agencies aided him and supported him through his journey to follow his passion. His deep knowledge of the history of Inanda and the prominent that lived there led him to start small and over time build a great network of local and international people. He strongly advises people to visit Inanda as he states that  this was the place that brought peace to South Africa, “Place of Peace”. He ends with his words of motivation and encouragement. (Summary by Arisha Govender)

 

September 14, 2012

Community

This section focuses on the eNanda community, its organizations, institutions, and the activities of its people. For Gandhi, Dube, Shembe and other leaders, self-reliance and self-sufficiency were important values. Today one can find many community service initiatives and creative attempts by local people dedicated to helping others. Some of these can be visited by interested tourists. As the site is interactive, this section also contains anything that people of the eNanda community consider important.

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