The Mafukuzela Arts Session is a talent workshop established by learners from Ohlange High School. Every Saturday afternoon, up to 100 youths from the area come together in the school library to perform music, poetry, dancing and other artistic expressions. As Siyathemba Makhoba, one of the founding members explains, learners were inspired by the community outreach initiatives run by students and staff from the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Programme at UKZN, especially the ‘Tourism Club’ and the ‘Mafukuzela Development Initiative’. Some of the learners indeed have much talent and have performed at community functions and for tourists.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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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
Sbo ‘Obama’ Dladla from eNanda has been trained as a tourist guide specialized in Literary Tourism
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Sbo, also known as ‘Obama’ by many, grew up in KwaMashu and currently resides in Ohlange next to the John Dube Family House. He talks about the main factors that contributed to his success today. He is pursuing a career as a tour guide as well as a writer of Literary Tourism stories. He outlines his community involvements and initiatives probed. A few of the numerous examples that he mentions are a book club at the local library in Inanda, which he established and the annual 23km Gandhi Salt march that he is involved in. This is all in aid of his community empowerment strategy to uplift their lives. He ends with the wise words from Mahatma Gandhi, which are the words he lives by. (Summary by Arisha Govender)
Shiney Bright is a tourist guide, specialized in literary tourism. She talks about how she became a guide and what she values about guiding in eNanda.
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Summary: Shiney is a highly knowledgeable lady with a British background who has an extraordinary insight into the history and politics of Inanda. She reminisces as far back as 1996 where she expresses her thoughts of her first visit to Inanda. Post 1996 there was a rise in visitors to South Africa and due to her ability to speak a variety of languages, she became a tour guide. She speaks about how she acquired her vast understanding of African culture; she attributes this to her so called “Profs of African Culture” who stayed with her and taught her everything she knows. She speaks very highly of the “amazing visionaries”, sites along the heritage route and its diversity and unique religious beliefs. She states that there are no fancy buildings in Inanda but the people of Inanda make the place special. (Summary by Arisha Govender)
eNanda is part of the eThekwini municipality and only 25km away from the bustling city centre of Durban, but due to its semi-rural character, much traditional Zulu culture is still practiced here. This section features indigenous knowledge, beliefs, rituals, and customs, many of which can be observed by interested visitors and tourists. However, this section is neither exclusively about traditional nor Zulu culture. eNanda has always been a place where different cultures co-exist and merge; the unique spirit of the place has evolved through cross-cultural fertilization. Today, eNanda’s culture and heritage consists of a rich diversity of cultural heritage practices that range from traditional Zulu rituals to contemporary South African township culture.