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Xigalo, my village

Xigalo, my Village

by Morrel Shilenge / 26.06.2013

This is Xigalo, a rural village near the Kruger National Park, Punda Maria Gate in Malamulele, Limpopo. It is a typical rural South African village. Most of the people that I observed and captured here are my family and neighbours. This is a visual memoir of Xigalo, I wanted to capture what I felt, not just what I saw while revisiting the village I grew up in as a young African male.

Villagers in Xigalo still live according to their ancient culture and traditions. It’s been a few years since my grandma (Kokwani Nwa Thomas as she is known by other villagers) has had electricity, but she still prefers cooking the traditional way with fire wood. She often feels electricity is just an intrusion.

Many have migrated to cities in search of a better life; homes are abonded. But in the village people still manage to live simple lives; with gratitude, hope, love and support for each other. They enjoy herding cattle and goats.

* All images © Morrel Shilenge

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  1. Ts'eliso says:

    Too much fire in the images, big up!

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  2. Craigieji Makhosi says:

    Hi Morrel
    Can you tell me what language you and the villagers speak in your village?

    For a number of years I have conducted Xhosa village homestays in the eastern Cape for the dual purpose of:

    1. empowering language learners trying to learn the language with an authentic cultural experience which aids their learning but also their empathy for the culture and history of the people. Besides being awesome to experience that old way of life, and adding to ones appreciation of the things we do have in our city homes!

    2. But also to empower the local peeps with a way to earn extra cash in an unobtrusive, culturally respective way, whilst receiving enthusiastic, interested guests!

    Who knows it may even help people to live where they want in their own way and still make a living, especially if i can put together a proposal based on my experiences, methodologies and vision and somehow convince govt and the education departments to make village culture immersions a part of the school curriculum compulsory for every South African child before they matriculate, or as a gap year?

    Ive done Xhosa / Mpondo before, but one of the Sotho / Tswana /Pedi language group and homestay destination is next!

    so yeah, Morrel please shot it interested!

    Also, anyone of any colour or background and who is interested in helping me manifest these proposals, dreams, actions plans, can get hold of me via:

    http://www.learnxhosa.co.za
    info (at) learnxhosa (dot) co.za

    Shapshap
    Makhosi
    :)c

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  3. Craigieji Makhosi says:

    Hi Morrel
    Can you tell me what language you and the villagers speak in your village?

    For a number of years I have conducted Xhosa village homestays in the eastern Cape for the dual purpose of:

    1. empowering language learners trying to learn the language with an authentic cultural experience which aids their learning but also their empathy for the culture and history of the people. Besides being awesome to experience that old way of life, and adding to ones appreciation of the things we do have in our city homes!

    2. But also to empower the local peeps with a way to earn extra cash in an unobtrusive, culturally respective way, whilst receiving enthusiastic, interested guests!

    Who knows it may even help people to live where they want in their own way and still make a living, especially if i can put together a proposal based on my experiences, methodologies and vision and somehow convince govt and the education departments to make village culture immersions a part of the school curriculum compulsory for every South African child before they matriculate, or as a gap year?

    Ive done Xhosa / Mpondo before, but one of the Sotho / Tswana /Pedi language group and homestay destination is next!

    so yeah, Morrel please shot it interested!

    Also, anyone of any colour or background and who is interested in helping me manifest these proposals, dreams, actions plans, can get hold of me via:

    http://www.learnxhosa.co.za
    info (at) learnxhosa (dot) co.za

    Shapshap
    Makhosi
    🙂 c

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  4. Morrel says:

    In my village we speak tsonga/shaghaan. I’m interested in helping out with your project that was the whole point of this. will drop you an email, will take it from there.

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  5. Mzwanele Makhonza says:

    @Morrel, did you mean SHANGAAN by SHAGHAAN?

    I am of the Shangaan mother and the Xhosa father, and i feel so social to be part and parcel of these two enthic groups and have witnessed the beauty of the Shangaan culture especially the way they do things deep in the villages of GIYANI-LIMPOPO, Morrel, keep the good work up, as for you Craigieji, empowering our language is very much important.

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  6. Hlulienos says:

    Xigalo its the place i belong……….

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  7. Hlulani Shilenge says:

    Shigalo kaya ra swilo

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  8. Bridget mboweni says:

    Nwana wale kaya ka xigali keep the clean work in your hands keep it up

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  9. Leswi mi swi endlaka swa tsakisa swinene.Ndzi twa ndzi navela ku ta aka ka Xigalo says:

    mrbaloyi12 @gmail
    .com

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  10. Tsakani hlungwani says:

    Ka xigalo hilaha ni huma kona

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  11. aka shigalo ka nwampfundlha hile kaya says:

    Nati nyungubyisa swinene hileswi miswi endlaka bot

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  12. vutivi shidzinga says:

    Mina ndzi hiku tshama ndzi kumeka a Elim/hlanganani,,,,,ka xigalo ndziku tiva hiku vhakacha,,,ndzitwa moya wamina wu phyuphya loko ndzi eka ndhawu ya yaleyo,,,kurisani ndhavhuko boti n’wana mhani

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  13. jafta ndlopfu says:

    Swikahle leswi miswi endlaku bot

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  14. Levis Ntlhabyani says:

    Ka Xigalo ka muganga wa ka ntlhamu hi tshame hi kurhula

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  15. Daniel Mboweni says:

    Kaya ka xingalo hi laha ni huma kona nati nyungubyisa kuva mu aka tiko wa kaxigalo

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  16. meshaq says:

    my grandfather’s home my true root (xiphiphaneni)

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  17. Power jasi says:

    Basopa hile kaya le ka Xigalo

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  18. elvis says:

    Kaxigalo ka.khanyi

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  19. Elvis says:

    Ka.khanyi kaya

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