Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 2

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 2

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Morning 2, of the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, Susquehanna University day 2, was an early breakfast with the host families, and once again, lengthy, emotional good-byes, leaving by 07:30, as we head for Nqutu, in Kzn.

As part of Taste of Africa’s support for the communities participating in our #InterculturalExchange visit, we schedule to have lunch at Thembi, Mbatha’s roadside kitchen. Thembi is one of the Mkonjane Village home-stay hostesses, in particular, our sister, where Nettie & I sleep whenever we visit the Village.   

Lunch at a roadside kitchen with Thembi’s.
Intercultural Exchange, lunch at Thembi's roadside kitchen
Intercultural Exchange, lunch at Thembi’s roadside kitchen
Delicious lunch
Delicious lunch
Intercultural Exchange, the lunch provided by Thembi, extends beyond the traditional roadside plate, and includes many additions that are part of special occasions.
Intercultural Exchange, the lunch provided by Thembi, extends beyond the traditional roadside plate, and includes many additions that are part of special occasions.
Having enjoyed our intercultural lunch, stopping at a roadside kitchen, our thanks and goodbyes.
Having enjoyed our intercultural lunch, stopping at a roadside kitchen, our thanks and goodbyes.

Following our lunch, we head into the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour as we prepare to meet the Chief

Our highlight of the visit to the Mkonjane, Zulu Village is the opportunity to be presented to Chief Molefe, a Sotho Chief in the Zulu Kingdom

Following the intercultural exchange, the group pay their respects to Moreme Molefe, as Chief of the Village where we will be accommodated.
Following the intercultural exchange, the group pay their respects to Moreme Molefe, as Chief of the Village where we will be accommodated.

The interaction with the Chief was really exciting, as against the very formal introduction and respects of 2014, here, we were given the opportunity to ask the Chief any question, this allowed me personally to glean a little more knowledge on how the Basutu, not only occupied land in the Zulu area, but was allowed their Traditional Leadership.

The 2014 group did not have this privilege, but we have a look back at their evening, and try to balance the two experiences:

2014, very formal:

Glen Retief, representing the student group, and Headlady Nguni, of the Mkonjane Village
Glen Retief, representing the student group, and Headlady Nguni, of the Mkonjane Village
In addition to our group paying their respects, the community joined the intercultural exchange
In addition to our group paying their respects, the community joined the intercultural exchange
The Chief's right-hand man, introduces the group to the Chief, you only access the Chief through this elder
The Chief’s right-hand man, introduces the group to the Chief, you only access the Chief through this elder
Mrs Molefe and the female elders to the left of the Chief
Mrs Molefe and the female elders to the left of the Chief
Chief Molefe, not inviting question in 2014.
Chief Molefe, not inviting question in 2014.

Two extremely different experiences. I loved the 2016 experience, but the 2014 experience will live with me;

We booked in with our families, then combined supper with Nguni Clan;

Culturally the ladies sit off to the left of the Patriarch, from eldest to youngest, and the men, on the right, from eldest to youngest
Culturally the ladies sit off to the left of the Patriarch, from eldest to youngest, and the men, on the right, from eldest to youngest
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour could not be better
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour could not be better

Unusually, on this occasion, the Head-Lady is doing the dishing up for both the guests and her subjects. I am not providing comment at this stage, maybe one of the 2014 group may wish to comment;

Unusually, the Head-Lady, mam Nguni is dishing up for the guest and her subjects.
Unusually, the Head-Lady, mam Nguni is dishing up for the guest and her subjects.

Thanks for spending day 2 with us in our Intercultural Exchange.

The Mkonjane Village Community 

Day 3 coming soon: