Showing posts from March, 2013

The Sound Of Open Roads

Some of our trusted travel companions..

Debe Nek

On the foothills of iNtaba ka Ndoda, along route R63, you'll find a very small town of Debe Nek.
The name refers to the channel through which the Debe River flows.
This is where giant earthworms can be found. These creatures can grow up to 3m in length.

The town itself consists of a defunct hotel, trading store, a post office and a recently built police station.
You can traverse the whole town in  less than 3 minutes :-)
I didn't have time to interview the current store owner though. 

This is where Ngqika and Ndlambe's troops took to battle in the Batlle of Amalindi.
In October 1818, the long standing rivalry between the senior Chief of Xhosaland, Ngqika, and his uncle, Ndlambe, erupted in a battle of epic proportions that was to go down in Xhosa tradition as the battle of Amalinde. This exceptional battle lasted from midday to nightfall, and was fought with such unusual ferocity that it takes a special place in the history of Xhosa warfare. It resulted in the defeat of Ngqika an…

Xhosa Gallery @Amathole Museum

Today we'll start looking at Sandile Heritage Route
Nalo ke uhambo lomhambi ...
Sunny 39°C e-Qonce, scorching, blazing hot. I had a few places of interest I planned to visit, so it had to be done.

First on the list was mam'uNontetha Nkwenkwe's statue. I was sadly disappointed to learn that it  was stolen just a few weeks ago from this spot (in front of the Magistrate's Court). Apparently two guys claiming to be from the National Heritage/Arts & Culture Office came and uprooted it :(

As former president Zizi put it in his 'I Am An Afrikan' speech - On an occasion such as this, we should, perhaps, start from the beginning.So let me begin...Here's the Xhosa genealogy tree, starting from the house of Phalo.

Remember the Cove Rock post a few days earlier?

Then there was Africa's 100 Years War; kuzoqhaw'kunobathana, zizolima z'yometyeni!

Maqoma's seal, one of the very last prized possessions of the chief.

Enkosi mhlekazi.  Visit @ Amathole Museum


We had to visit iCamagu Institute seeking answers to a few nagging questions w.r.t. Xhosa religion and to check out books and music on sale.

You can catch Dr. Nokuzola Mndende's program, 'Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili' previously known as 'Ukholo Lwemveli', on Umhlobo Wenene FM every Saturday morning from 05h00-06h00.

To see a list of UWFM frequencies, click here.

Bridges Over Previously Untroubled Waters


Forté Bulls vs Rhodes

Hahaha. Found this today.
Forté Bulls vs Rhodes.  Jersey #10, gimme D!

Gompo Rock/Cove Rock

Cove Rock/Gompo Rock features prominentlyin the human history of East London. Evidence of early human habitation, most likely Khoisan peoples, is present in the form of middens containing mussel and limpet remains and sherds of earthenware. Some of the earliest documentary evidence relating to Cove Rock can be traced back to at least the 17th Century to the wreck of the Dutch ship, the Stavenisse. Sailors from the ship were rescued off Cove Rock in 1687 by the crew of the Centaur. In the log book of the Centaur, Cove Rock has been referred to as “Doodkist” or “coffin” because of its shape as seen from the sea (Pettman 1931:113). The Rock has also featured prominentlyin the religious lives of Xhosa-speaking people. The Xhosa prophet, Nxele or Makana, was converted to Christianityin 1812. In 1817, in an attempt at mass conversion through a show of his sacred potency, Nxele assembled people at Cove Rock to witness the resurrection of ancestors and cattle from a cavern beneat…

Overcast Sunday at East London

Sunday breakfast was at the best Wimpy in South Africa, Esplanade, Quigney Beach.

After breakfast, we went to the East London Aquarium, caught the 11h30 show.

Easters 2013 : JHB - BTW