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It was not meant to be…

November 24, 2020

setting foot on Venda soil, a district in the Limpopo Province. I’m sure to have found an inn at the foothills of the Soutpansberg (Dzwaini) where the Mutshundudi River flows and watch it fall at Phiphidi if I were to visit there This was not to be, so as per usual I checked my cyber wallet for funds to travel, needless to say I booked a ticket and found a seat aboard the Daily Maverick train. Newspapers I find can be interesting, they can take you places you’ve never been, besides they make good company as travel guides.

For Water For Life podcast/The Voice of the Natural World

The only problem with cybertravel is speed. I booked a first class internet seat only to find that I was put in third class for the day, so you can well imagine that it took a month and Sunday to get there. But hey despite internet delays here I am in rural Limpopo cybergazing.

Phiphidi is located within a forested area on the Mutshundudi River and belongs to a cluster of nearby sacred sites that other vhaVenda clans care for, including sacred Lake Fundudzi and the Thathe Vondo sacred forest. At Phiphidi, the river falls and surrounding forest are all considered sacred, and two specific sites are regarded as most holy: a rock above the waterfall, called LanwaDzongolo, and the pool below, Guvhukuvhu.

Fascinating innit my cyber buddies…….below a link for your further perusal.

Makhadzi Vho-Mphatheleni Makaulele leads an organisation called Dzomo la Mupo, a mouthpiece for nature. Its mission is to protect nature in its entirety, to give it a voice against the destructive hand of people and to preserve the planet for the benefit of all humankind.
Dzomo la Mupo works with teachers and students to revive cultural biodiversity, and is also working with people living in the area to preserve certain seeds such as finger millet, maize, beans and sesame. /M&G

Well if anyone considers indigenous knowledge systems a culture of teaching a system of the past, Makaulule’s husband, Dr Mashudu Dima, a Venda cultural and historical expert, has something to share with us. He says the Ngona people, who trace their origin to this area, fashioned farming implements, artefacts and weapons from a stone known as mbwedi. Even Zulu king, Shaka, sent emissaries to Vuu to have an iklwa — a short spear — fashioned by the Ngona. I’m completely in the shadows -the dark – regarding the stone and the spear. When I’m back to my cyberhome I will be doing some more reading around it, fast internet permitting.

I must be on my way now, what was meant to be is meant to be. I hope you find the time to take a glimpse at the cyber travel spots on offer.

Like me, wishing you sweet-cyber-travelling and dreaming. Totsiens.


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