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Explore Inhaca Island Mozambique – Part 1

One of the five types of mangrove ecosystems f...

One of the five types of mangrove ecosystems found on Inhaca Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditional fishing boat in Mozambique.

Traditional fishing boat in Mozambique. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes it’s time to explore again, I am curious to see what Inhaca Island has to offer, so I have been trying to find out  where  to stay, how to get there from Johannesburg, and what there is to do (I guess I will find out).

The plan is do it rough, as I like to explore and see the view from ground up. It’s a nice way to get to know the locals and see how they live and to get a feel for the area.

We have decided to leave the Vehicle at home, and take the train from Jhb to Kommatipoort (board of South Africa & Mozambique) its and over night trip only, with NO SLEEPERS…. interesting concept, I suppose we could just fly there or take the bus. But I like a good train trip and I recon it will be kind of interesting, (remember to stock up on beers). Then from the border on the Mozambique side we have two choices Minibus taxi or train, I think the minibus taxi, as the price is cheaper and it will be quicker, not necessarily safer though.

So apparently we will arrive in Maputo around noon, wonderful, just enough time to explore the local market, see the famous train station and find our accommodation for the evening…(still deciding) however Maputo is not the cheapest city for accommodation, especially if you don’t want to hangout with the locals.

Next day we can cross the channel to Inhaca island by ferry, there are two ferry’s, a government ferry that is about R60 per person one way leaving at 07:00 or the Vodacome Ferry leaving at 08:00 for about R500 per person (and only operates on Saturdays and Sundays), okay as we are now travelling as locals do, we will take the Government Ferry.

Inhaca Island – I have made a couple of enquiries as to where best to stay, by the way we decided to camp for the entire week, and it seems there is only one place to camp, Manieco Camp… took a while for them to respond to our email, they came back with a reasonable price..

What is there to do on the Island, hmm, apparently there are places to go snorkeling, diving, fishing from shore as well as deep-sea fishing and then trips to Portuguese Island and Santa Maria….

I can’t Wait to catch a good size sea fish and grill it on a fire with lemon juice garlic served with fresh salad and garlic bread… When cooking fish KEEP it SIMPLE…

Anyway this is the end of Part 1… Part 2 will follow soon, after a concrete decision is made and everything is booked. At this stage only enquiries have been made….

Hmm what do I need to Pack…tips and tricks will also follow..

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Mielie-Meal, Sadza, Ugali, Pap, Nsima? A staple food of Africa.

Many Africans grow up on this staple diet, like pasta is to Italians and Rice is to the Orient, so is this Maize Meal to Africans. As per the wikipedia description below { http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadza}

English: Uglai and cabbage. Ugali (also someti...

English: Uglai and cabbage. Ugali (also sometimes called sima or posho) is a cornmeal product and a staple starch component of many African meals, especially in Southern and East Africa. It is generally made from maize flour (or ground maize) and water, and varies in consistency from porridge to a dough-like substance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sadza in Shona (isitshwala in isiNdebele, pap in South Africa, or nsima in the Chichewa language of Malawi), Ugali in East Africa, is a cooked cornmeal that is the staple food in Zimbabwe and other parts of southern and eastern Africa. This food is cooked widely in other co

 untries of the region.

Sadza in appearance is a thickened porridge. A thinner form of sadza, “porridge”, is cooked with peanut butter or margarine and eaten in the mornings occasionally. The most common form of sadza is made with white maize (Mealie-Meal). This maize meal is referred to as hupfu in Shona or impuphu in Ndebele[disambiguation needed]. Despite the fact that maize is actually an imported food crop to Zimbabwe (circa 1890), it has become the chief source of carbohydrate and the most popular meal for indigenous people. Locals either purchase the meal in retail outlets or produce it in a grinding mill from their own maize.

Zimbabweans prefer white maize meal. During times of famine or hardship they resort to eating yellow maize meal, which is sometimes called “Kenya,” because it was once imported from that nation.

Zimbabwe October 2009

Zimbabwe October 2009 (Photo credit: bbcworldservice)

A little known fact is that this was the meal eaten by Usain Bolt before he set a world record, as well as that eaten by Tom “The Pace” Mills before becoming the unofficial fastest man in the world.

Before the introduction of maize, sadza was made from finger millet flour instead.

The sadza is usually served in a communal bowl or separate plates and is taken with the right hand occasionally, rolled into a ball, and dipped into meat, sauce/gravy, lacto/sour milk or stewed vegetables.

Happy 95th Birthday Madiba – born this day 18 July 1918

Today we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s Birthday in South Africa and Across the Globe- today South African’s celebrated his birthday by donating 67 minutes of their time to helping the less fortunate in South Africa…and if they could donate their time they donated food, money and clothes to charities across our country.

Mandela’s health seems to be “steadily improving”, Mandela has been in hospital since 6 June 2013.

We Love you Madiba!! and hope you get well soon!!

Here is Mandela’s Biography that I got off the website :www.nelsonmandela.org


Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.

His father died when he was a child and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni. Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestor’s valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

He attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher Miss Mdingane gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children “Christian” names.

He completed his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where he matriculated.

Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not complete the degree there as he was expelled for joining in a student protest. He completed his BA through the University of South Africa and went back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943.

On his return to the Great Place at Mkhekezweni the King was furious and said if he didn’t return to Fort Hare he would arrange wives for him and his cousin Justice. They ran away to Johannesburg instead arriving there in 1941. There he worked as a mine security officer and after meeting Walter Sisulu, an estate agent, who introduced him to Lazar Sidelsky. He then did his articles through the firm of attorneys Witkin Eidelman and Sidelsky.

Meanwhile he began studying for an LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand. By his own admission he was a poor student and left the university in 1948 without graduating. He only started studying again through the University of London and also did not complete that degree.

In 1989, while in the last months of his imprisonment, he obtained an LLB through the University of South Africa. He graduated in absentia at a ceremony in Cape Town.

Nelson Mandela, while increasingly politically involved from 1942, only joined the African National Congress in 1944 when he helped formed the ANC Youth League.

In 1944 he married Walter Sisulu’s cousin Evelyn Mase, a nurse. They had two sons Madiba Thembekile ‘Thembi’ and Makgatho and two daughters both called Makaziwe, the first of whom died in infancy. They effectively separated in 1955 and divorced in 1958.

Nelson Mandela rose through the ranks of the ANCYL and through its work the ANC adopted in 1949 a more radical mass-based policy, the Programme of Action.

In 1952 he was chosen at the National Volunteer-in-Chief of the Defiance Campaign with Maulvi Cachalia as his Deputy. This campaign of civil disobedience against six unjust laws was a joint programme between the ANC and the South African Indian Congress. He and 19 others were charged under the Suppression of Communism Act for their part in the campaign and sentenced to nine months hard labour suspended for two years.

A two-year diploma in law on top of his BA allowed Nelson Mandela to practice law and in August 1952 he and Oliver Tambo established South Africa’s first black law firm, Mandela and Tambo.

At the end of 1952 he was banned for the first time. As a restricted person he was only able to secretly watch as the Freedom Charter was adopted at Kliptown on 26 June 1955.

Nelson Mandela was arrested in a countrywide police swoop of 156 activists on 5 December 1955, which led to the 1956 Treason Trial. Men and women of all races found themselves in the dock in the marathon trial that only ended when the last 28 accused, including Mr. Mandela were acquitted on 29 March 1961.

On 21 March 1960 police killed 69 unarmed people in a protest at Sharpeville against the pass laws. This led to the country’s first state of emergency on 31 March and the banning of the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress on 8 April. Nelson Mandela and his colleagues in the Treason Trial were among the thousands detained during the state of emergency.

During the trial on 14 June 1958 Nelson Mandela married a social worker Winnie Madikizela. They had two daughters Zenani and Zindziswa. The couple divorced in 1996.

Days before the end of the Treason Trial Nelson Mandela travelled to Pietermaritzburg to speak at the All-in Africa Conference, which resolved he should write to Prime Minister Verwoerd requesting a non-racial national convention, and to warn that should he not agree there would be a national strike against South Africa becoming a republic. As soon as he and his colleagues were acquitted in the Treason Trial Nelson Mandela went underground and began planning a national strike for 29, 30 and 31 March. In the face of a massive mobilization of state security the strike was called off early. In June 1961 he was asked to lead the armed struggle and helped to establish Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation).

On 11 January 1962 using the adopted name David Motsamayi, Nelson Mandela left South Africa secretly. He travelled around Africa and visited England to gain support for the armed struggle. He received military training in Morocco and Ethiopia and returned to South Africa in July 1962. He was arrested in a police roadblock outside Howick on 5 August while returning from KwaZulu-Natal where he briefed ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli about his trip.

He was charged with leaving the country illegally and inciting workers to strike. He was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment which he began serving in Pretoria Local Prison. On 27 May 1963 he was transferred to Robben Island and returned to Pretoria on 12 June. Within a month police raided a secret hide-out in Rivonia used by ANC and Communist Party activists and several of his comrades were arrested.

In October 1963 Nelson Mandela joined nine others on trial for sabotage in what became known as the Rivonia Trial.  Facing the death penalty his words to the court at the end of his famous ‘Speech from the Dock’ on 20 April 1964 became immortalized:

“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

On 11 June 1964 Nelson Mandela and seven other accused Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Denis Goldberg, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni were convicted and the next day were sentenced to life imprisonment. Denis Goldberg was sent to Pretoria Prison because he was white while the others went to Robben Island.

Nelson Mandela’s mother died in 1968 and his eldest son Thembi in 1969. He was not allowed to attend their funerals.

On 31 March 1982 Nelson Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town with Sisulu, Mhlaba and Mlangeni. Kathrada joined them in October. When he returned to the prison in November 1985 after prostate surgery Nelson Mandela was held alone. Justice Minister Kobie Coetsee had visited him in hospital. Later Nelson Mandela initiated talks about an ultimate meeting between the apartheid government and the ANC.

In 1988 he was treated for Tuberculosis and was transferred on 7 December 1988 to a house at Victor Verster Prison near Paarl. He was released from its gates on Sunday 11 February 1990, nine days after the unbanning of the ANC and the PAC and nearly four months after the release of the remaining Rivonia comrades. Throughout his imprisonment he had rejected at least three conditional offers of release.

Nelson Mandela immersed himself into official talks to end white minority rule and in 1991 was elected ANC President to replace his ailing friend Oliver Tambo. In 1993 he and President FW de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize and on 27 April 1994 he voted for the first time in his life.

On 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated South Africa’s first democratically elected President. On his 80th birthday in 1998 he married Graça Machel, his third wife.

True to his promise Nelson Mandela stepped down in 1999 after one term as President. He continued to work with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund he set up in 1995 and established the Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.

In April 2007 his grandson Mandla Mandela became head of the Mvezo Traditional Council at a ceremony at the Mvezo Great Place.

Nelson Mandela never wavered in his devotion to democracy, equality and learning. Despite terrible provocation, he never answered racism with racism. His life has been an inspiration to all who are oppressed and deprived, to all who are opposed to oppression and deprivation.