Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 6

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 6


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Intercultural exchange with  Big 5 flavour tests emotions when it comes to the goodbyes.

On morning 6 we have long  emotional farewells, as we head off to St Lucia.

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A five hour road trip to St Lucia, a welcome shower, rest, supper at a Portuguese restaurant, and our break from Africa, has arrived.

 

Cedric de la Harpe

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 4

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 4

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As part of the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, we start our visit to South Africa in the Zulu Village, adjacent to the Blood River Monument, and Ncome Museum, where the battle of Blood River took place on December 16, 1838.

This exposes the visitor to two very different interpretations of the events that took place during the battle,

I have very personal views on these interpretations, and have become of the opinion that December 16, should not have been used as the ‘Day of Reconciliation’, for all South Africans, we first need to reconcile, the differing interpretations, the financial and political issues, that still keep the gates to the symbolic bridge closed.

Chief Molefe of the Mkonjane Tribal Authority, have been in talks about how we can contribute to finding a solution. 

Our day starts with a visit to the Ncome Museum, and then we visit the Blood River Monuments.

Our Intercultural Exchange with the flavour of the Big 5, reflects on the separations that still exist in our country.
Our Intercultural Exchange with the flavour of the Big 5, reflects on the separations that still exist in our country.
The bronzed wagons symbolise the wagon laager used by the boers as shelter in this battle, also, a traditional form of protection during their trekking.
The bronzed wagons symbolise the wagon laager used by the boers as shelter in this battle, also, a traditional form of protection during their trekking.

Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, takes us to the schools;

A visit to a Primary school,only 1 of the 4 scheduled for the day, but a delegation of students and professors, has undertaken to finalize the other schools on day 5

Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.
Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour, motivates the group to participate in the traditional dancing.

We then have a return visit to the Velaphansi Secondary School, where the students displayed their dancing much to the enjoyment and the appreciation of the scholars, and educators.

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Lunch is enjoyed at the school, and supper at the Nguni Clan again.

By this stage, I am convinced that I failed the group by not succeeding to have most meals with the family, a challenge that I will ensure that I address when we return.

Cedric

Day 5, coming soon:

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Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 3

Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 3

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Morning 3, the young men took the cattle out to the dip, and the young ladies contributed to the daily chores, before breakfast, this is intercultural exchange with big 5 flavour, at its best, even if they were working with cattle.

The majority of the group attended morning service at the local Anglican Church, and Cedric regrets not going them, they all reported a wonderful experience, the congregation loved their participation. 

Lunch was enjoyed in Benjamin and Thembi’s garden, and as the guests departed, the families, first the men, then the woman, and children, followed to enjoy the lunch.

Lunch served in Benjamin and Thembi's garden.
Lunch served in Benjamin and Thembi’s garden.
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, served Sheep Head, pumpkin and sweet potato.
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, served Sheep Head, pumpkin and sweet potato.

Following the lunch the group join the community for an afternoon of traditional dancing.

This year, the community, combined men, woman, and children, danced as a unit:

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Intercultural Exchange with the Big 5 flavour;

As we are hosted to another communal supper, a braai by Cyprian Nguni’s Clan, Cedric asks himself whether he has failed to achieve the Intercultural Exchange that he wished to achieve?

A question for one of the group to answer?

Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.
Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.
Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.
Communal Supper with the Nguni Clan.

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Cedric

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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:

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