Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Iinkobe (Maize Kernels)

Endleleni esuka kumzi wamandulo wasekhaya(kwaMakasi), eLubhelu, eNqabarha, sasingisa eQhingqala ngeenjongo zokundwendwela idlaka leKumkani uHintsa (Ah! Zanzolo).

Safika kwikhaya lenkosi yasemaMbanjweni, safika iNkosi ikhona (Ah! Ntabozuko) sicela imvume yokusondela apho iphumle khona ikumkani. 
AmaMbanjwa asikhomba eNqadu emaTshaweni kuba bona babekwe ngamaTshawe ukugada idlaka, khonukuze sifumane imvume. 

Kodwa phambi kokuba sinduluke sahlaliswa phantsi, saba zindwendwe, saviswa izibele zasenkosini sihleli nabantu abadala, sasikelwa inyama, sabelwa iinkobe. Emva koko sasingisa eNqadu, koMkhulu.

(Imifanekiso ipapashwe ngegunya nemvume yosapho) 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Ah! Lwaganda. Ngqika, King Of The Rharhabe [1776-1829]

Another early start to the day on the morning of the 5th day of July 2015; destination:King Ngqika's grave.
Ngqika was buried at sunset on the day he died, according to full Xhosa custom inside a cattle kraal, in which oxen and cows were placed at night.

Their milling about obliterated the grave itself, in which Ngqika's karosses, clothes, ornaments, tobacco sack, pipe saddle and bridle, and the mats on which he had slept were laid beside him.

St Matthews Mission

This post was inspired by Marguerite Poland's book, Shades. 

"The lights moved on, disappearing one by one as the procession dipped towards the drift out of sight below the ridge. There was a stillness then for he could no longer hear the horses' hooves, and only the leaves of the oak before the porch turned restlessly against each other. Beyond, where the bush reached down to the edges of the kitchen garden, the twigs of the thorn trees tapped rhythmically: a small, secret tattoo in the dark."

Sunday morning, 5th July 2015, I called on St Matthews mission, just a few kilometers outside the town of Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape.

St Matthews Mission was founded in 1855, by Bishop Armstrong on 600 hectares of land in Keiskamahoek donated to the Anglican Church by Chief Socishe.

Mr. Socishe, Chief Socishe's Grandson

Road from the Hoek

The first building for the mission school was built in 1855 by the Military Chaplain, Dacre, just before the arrival of the Resident Missionary, the Rev H.B. Smith who arrived in September 1855. Rev Smith arrived with Mr Gray, an agriculturalist, Mr Gawula, a school teacher and Mr Finn, an interpreter who was employed by the government.
The first group of scholars enrolled in the school in 1856, a total of 91 scholars. Due to the long distances travelled by the scholars, there were constant requests for boarding accommodation.
One of the buildings was a converted old trading store. The title deed for the mission was issued on the 13th September 1856. The early buildings comprised a dwelling house for the missionary, another for the matron and the boarders, and classroom which also served as a church. These were built from locally available material and well baked bricks with roofs of thatch. Rev Smith left the Mission on the 1st January 1858 to be replaced by Rev W.H.L. Johnson who only stayed a year.
In 1859, Chaplain Dacre was replaced by Rev W. Greenstock, who started on the industrial education centre. Simple trades like carpentry for boys and home crafts, cooking and domestic duties for girls were introduced.

In July 1862, Charles Taberer, aged 19, joined the school as one of the teaching staff.
Charles was to become instrumental in the development and growth of the industrial training centre. The carpentry section flourished which later graduated to Wagon building; a tin-smith’s shop and a printing press.

In 1880, the first girls boarding department had been established. This was the first boarding establishment for African girls in the whole of the Cape Province. In 1883, the school had 50 boys in residence with Mrs Taberer as the Lady Matron since the beginning of that year. A Native Training School was established in 1895 for the training of Native Teachers.

A hospital and nurses training facility were set up in 1923 and a secondary in 1926. The school was taken over by the Department of Bantu Education in 1955 and in 1970 the state bought most of the St Matthews land. After 114 years of activity in the place, the Anglican Church withdrew its direct involvement with the education programmes at the mission. The hospital was taken over by the Ciskei Government in 1976 and was moved to Keiskammahoek town to become S.S. Gida hospital.

Perhaps the same piano 'Walter Brownley' used to sit and  play "The Corelli"

Taberer House


Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Ridge Road, from eDutywa to eDwesa, via Nqabarha

Shixini River. The old bridge on the right and the newer on the left.
Crossing Shixini River.
26 KM's, on the banks of Nqabarha River, that's where King Hintsa's resting place is.
A Xhosa chief, Ewindla Badi, who was a Tshawe and therefore of Royal descent, resided
in close proximity to where the trading station was established in Gcalekaland.
The designation of Badi was derived from his name.
Ngqondela Trading Store, later called kwaNocwane after C.W. Haselau's son,
Charles Alfred (Nocwane), took over.

Previous traders here were Phillips, Wood & Co (applied to occupy a trading site here in 1903),
Emil Haselau in 1908, Dan Durrheim ( an assistant) 1928 and C.W. Haselau (Ngqondela) in 1935

The Walls of the Old Nqabarha High School

uMthombe tree growing through walls
The inside one of the class rooms

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Siyakukhulula Madiba, Aah! Dalibunga!!

The Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat players pay the tribute to Rolihlahla Mandela before their NBA
basketball game in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/06/3800810/heat-at-bulls-thurs-dec-5-2013.html#storylink=cpy
I would like it to be said that,
"Here lies a man who has done his duty on earth".
That is all.
Arriving with my young ones at East London Airport, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

People wave at an aircraft carrying the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela 
as it takes off from Waterkloof Airbas, going home to Umtata. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

Local women sit on chairs at a public viewing point near the burial ground of late former
South African President Nelson Mandela ahead of his funeral in Qunu, December 15, 2013
Picture: Reuters / Yannis Behrakis


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Ah! Jong'umsobomvu!

Early Sunday morning of the 8th December 2013, I took a long ascent up iNtaba kaNdoda to visit chief's burial site.

The mirror of Nothonto
For his mother's likeness
The black water snake from Xhukwane
Sharp eyes daring the red dawn
Learning lifelong lessons here
At the Mngcwangeni foot of this Ntaba kaNdoda
During the Thuthula moment of the war of Amalinde

The black water snake who crossed famed rivers
Who fought in valiance in the waterkloof
And Amathole stirring Jingqi's passions
All the way to the island

Mover of people, patriot, hero, strategist
Eloquent intellect
Ngqika's beloved son
The whole nation salutes you.


Portrait photograph (#337) of Chief Maqoma courtesy of Gustav Theodor Fritsch Collection

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Harold Strange Africana Collection

Doing some crate-digging of my own.
The beautiful story of abeNguni, abaMbo namaLala

The Harold Strange Library of African Studies 
is one of South Africa’s major collections 
of Africana, concentrating on material south of the Zambezi River. 
Attracting researchers, authors, historians and genealogists from around the world, it is named after the Africana collector Harold Strange, 
whose collection was purchased as the nucleus of the library in 1913. 

The collection includes material on every conceivable aspect of Southern African social 
and political history and comprises manuscripts, private papers, books, periodicals, pamphlets, 
maps, newspapers and newspaper cuttings, photographs and theatre programmes. 

Strong points of the collections include African languages, literature and ethnology, Xhosa people, African mythology, Afrikaans language andlit erature, South African English literature, Anglo-Boer War (including original diaries), history of the Witwatersrand and especially Johannesburg and original maps of Africa from the 15th to 20th centuries.

Eternal voices

Thursday, 25 April 2013

African Dinner with Introduction into Storytelling

All Eyez On Me

The theme on the night of 25th April 2013, at Oom Bolo's home, was "African Dinner with Introduction into Storytelling". This formed part of What is Poetry Festival staged at different venues around Jozi, Mahikeng, Polokwane and Harare.
Oom Bolo's museum-cum-café set the stage for this evening's star, Mama Madosini , who flew in from Cape Town to share her storytelling through music.

We could not miss an opportunity to witness the sounds of uhadi, istolotolo and umrhubhe from the world renowned Manqina Madosini Latozi from Mqhekezweni, just outside Umtata in the Eastern Cape.

Under the full African moon, scrumptious dinner of mgqusho and chicken/mutton, with steady flow of wine supplied by the Hartenberg Wine Estate. Kumnand'ekhaya!

Thando, Mama Madosini and Sylvia
A snap with Vuyo
With Samar Gantang, an Indonesian elder and poet.

What time is it, Mr. Policeman?

Madosini, A Music of Life

Interview: Oom Bolo, Life in Kliptown