VOLKSTROTS UITNODIGING OM VERDER TE GESELS, my Afrikaans is goed, en as jy die uitnoding aanvaar, sal ons Afrikaans gesels, terwyl ons saam loop en die dag geniet, maar vir hierdie pos, verskoon die Engels, ek sukkel om Afrikaans te skryf.
During the past ten years, I have researched South Africa’s history, and our International Visitors have had the benefit of my understanding of what I will call the ALTERNATE HISTORY, for the International Visitors, but for many South Africans, it is our actual history.
A South African group, while Walking the streets of Soweto with Cedric. will have an opportunity to listen, debate, discuss, the following:
The South African problems that we all face today, has its origins in Economic Segregation, although we can all see the economic class structures, very visible in South Africa, the beneficiaries of the Economic Segregation have very skilfully transferred the blame and responsibility of the damage done to ‘conservative’, ‘uncultured’ ‘uncivilised’, narrow-minded’, white people, and in general attach the adjective Afrikaner, to this group.
The ‘liberal’ ‘cultured’ ‘civilised’ ‘broad-minded’, the minorities of our population, brand the Union Flag as a symbol of ‘oppression’, they are not far wrong. The Union Flag, symbolises the successful oppression of the Afrikaner and the African, by the Imperialist Wealth, who by 1913, had taken control of the African mineral wealth, and the African Land.
The blog that I have posted under VOLKSTROTS, touches on the period 1943 to 1960, the Africanist Nationalist, the Mandela of 1949, and how Mandela separates his philosophy from the Africanist Nationalist, at the stage when South African ‘black struggle’ leads the world, when the struggle moves from the academic to the uneducated black youth.
I am English, I was never anti-apartheid, and I am of the opinion that, had it not been for the English, the African would be the wealth of South Africa today, Townships would not exist, black poverty would not exist.
Who stole the Land, and how was the land stolen from the African?
The Western Economic Democracy, originates in 1789, African Democracy still does not exist, the Changing World Order, is taking place in the Western World, this can be see in numerous movements, where the people are looking for answers to their own future, I predict that 2028 will bring a major political shift, and Africa will be free, the African and the Whites of Africa, we need to prepare, if we want to take advantage in 2028.
Should you wish to participate in the debate / discussion / and walk the streets of Soweto with me, please email me on email@example.com,
Groups of from 10 to 16 will be catered for should the groups be larger, we will adjust the programme and quote accordingly:
Self-transfer to Soweto, meeting point in Soweto, cars parked safely, alternatively, use of the Rea Vaya bus, Cedric will accompany in the bus:
Cost, R 300 per person, includes lunch, at Nancefield Hostel, excludes the beers, excludes local shared taxi back to your vehicles.
The interaction and Walking the streets of Soweto, commences in Orlando East, and ends after lunch, the tourist route is excluded.
Kom gesels saam, kom ons bou weer VOLKSTROTS
Walk A: 2 km
We start our walk in Orlando East, officially the oldest Township on Soweto, dating back to 1932, home to South Africa’s political history, both the Accepted History, and the Alternative History.
Walk B: 1 km
We exit Orlando East, the Orlando Towers to our left, we cross one of the typical open spaces, and then walk through Numzamo Park, the only housing development that has taken place on the 1980s informal settlement.
Walk C: 1 km
Holomisa Settlement, established in the mid 1980s, allows us to have an insight into life on the other side of the track.
Walk D: 300m
NANCEFIELD HOSTEL, 1950S TO PRESENT, –
The Nancefield Hostel, one of eleven such hostels built in the 1950s, to accommodate migrant male workers in the Johannesburg area.
There was one female hostel, situated between Orlando West and Meadowlands.
Prior to 1994, 3 000 males were accommodated in this Hostel, that stretches on both sides of the road. Today, family groups are accommodated, and we believe the occupants total 13 000.
From 1988 to 1992, the hostels were used by the system, to destabilise the local community, Zulu’s of the IFP group, attacked non-Zulus in the area. This was all part of the black-on-black violence, which some would claim was backed by the National Party, and targeted the youth of the PAC and other Black Consciousness groups.
Today, many non-Zulu’s would still keep away from the hostels.
Very few Zulus in the Hostel area, are able to speak English, part of the Colonisers suppression. I believe the English, used Welsh speaking people, to learn the Zulu language, and off that basis, the employers language skills were developed. In Kwa-Zulu Natal, all Employers, White and Indian, speak a form of Zulu, restricting the rural Zulu from needing to speak English.
We approach the eating area, through the Hostel accommodation area, where we will pay our respects to the ‘Indunas’. the traditional leaders of a Zulu community, David, our young guide has lived in the Hostel for most of his life.
The hostel conditions are in terrible condition, the occupants wanting the family units upgraded, and the Government, has intention to upgrade, but the end product, particularly in relation to cost, is far from reaching consensus.
Now time for rest and relaxation, where the visitor and the guide can interact with one another and the Mutwa Butchery patrons:
Muthwa runs a very successful business, feeding hundreds per day, behind the stoves you will find a selection of cooked meat, from head meat to the innards, heart, liver, kidney, and pieces that I have never been exposed to.
In the shop, they will have a beef stew, sometimes chicken, served with pap, (their traditional porridge) and you can but a tomato and onion relish on the side.
A recent introduction to the menu is grilled chicken, and Cedric believe that it is one of the best in the area, often taking chicken home for our evening meal.
We love to buy meat to braai, they sell various cuts to beef, including heart, liver, and sausage/wors, that you can braai yourself, Cedric however prefers to use the staff member tasked with assisting in the braaing, but be careful when using the staff member, you still need to ensure your meat in not overcooked.
Buy your meat with a small helping of pap, R 10, and tomato relish. Your meal seldom costs more than R 35 to R55 per plate.
Beers are available to buy, and an enjoyable few hours can be yours.
This is Africa, and they cater for groups of people, eating from one communal plate, using your fingers. Should you have an issue, please ask the shop for a spoon.
Between the kitchen area, and the eating area, there is a sink, where you can wash your hands.
When you have cooked your meat, there will be a knife around, attached to an anchor of sorts, where you cut the meat into chunk size portions, Cedric would ask the braai assistant to please cut his meat, his hands are too soft to do so without a fork available.
The salt will be in a plastic bottle, also anchored, so pour a little into your hand, and set on a corner of the meat plate. When washing your hands, if you require a cloth, please ask one of the ladies working there.
This is your closest that you will get to Africa, while in South Africa.
Soweto and the people are my passion.
Wat het my oupa and Nelson Mandela in gemeen?