Images of memorable Township Tour: NMBT September Tourism Month

Images of memorable Township Tour: NMBT September Tourism Month

These are images of a township tour with a difference; we experienced close interaction with the local people and their foods, wares, daily lives. This was the first event of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s “September Tourism Month” events.

In large black pots everywhere on the streets food was being cooked, smells of liver and onions wafted over the road to where homemade roosterkoek were being served straight out of a freight container! We viewed a hairdressing salon operating from a freight container and also popped in to see the quietly successful Red Location Backpackers Lodge, run by a group of dynamic women. Miriam Makeba graces one of the walls there. Inquisitive, smiling children followed us and giggled amongst themselves- no doubt discussing our observations and reactions!

At Njoli Square, KwaZakhele we watched ‘smileys’ being cooked- these are chicken beaks and feet! Chickens were neatly laid out on display, also some beast hooves…In the midst of the Friday afternoon buzz a woman gracefully poured cups of ‘amazi’ for all to taste and purchase. Amazi is local buttermilk. On the pavements, traders with traditional medicines, plants, herbs and mutis had their wares neatly displayed for easy perusing.

The fascinating tour ended with a traditional township braai (barbeque) called a ‘tshisa njama’ meaning “burned meat” in Zulu. Our meat was purchased in the front of the building at the butcher store and behind the store in a courtyard area we socialised while our meat was barbequed to perfection by the NMBT team of experts! The fires are always ablaze and roaring for the public to cook their meat, either to enjoy there or to take home to eat.