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January 17, 2014

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – cultural & social points of interest

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Loyiso, Sanele & Mlu

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 enandaonline@gmail.com.

Follow these links for more information about plants along the trail or small shops and informal businesses.  For more information about the Woza eNanda Walking Trail trail initiative, check out our regular updates.

 

Dube family home

Dube family home

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.

Follow this link for an interview with Lulu Dube.

 

 

 

 

Homes

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.

Listen here for more:

Stones and tires on the roof

Satellite dishes

Round huts

RDP houses

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.

About mealies 

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.

Chickens

Black and white chickens

 

Children’s games

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.

Children’s games

Street soccer

 

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

IMG_8151Imbizweni – place of judgement: This old fig tree at the Gandhi Settlement was used as a meeting place for community elders to consult and pass judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8006 Shoes hanging from the overhead lines once referred to drugs being sold around here, remember Loyiso, Mlu and  Sanele, but this meaning has changed today …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8077Piles of wood stored next to a house indicate that the family is preparing for a ritual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8052 Wrecks or old cars are found at various homesteads.  They might be keepsakes in memory of their owner …

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8119 Preparing skins for clothing and ritual purposes is a highly developed skill…

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_8175 At this inconspicuous homestead, not far from the Gandhi Settlement, traditional Infene dance performances take place at the weekend at the end of each month.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

track 1

 

 

 

 

Compiled by Sabine Marschall 17/1/14

December 7, 2012

Daliso Ndlovu – importance of goats in Zulu culture

Daliso Ndlovu talks about the significance of goats in Zulu culture

Daliso’s contact details:

189198 Umzinyathi Rd
Inanda 4310

0610926389 or 071572300

November 29, 2012

Shiney Bright – tourist guide

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.

Or listen to the audio clip: Shiney Bright

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)