Community, Heritage, Arts and Culture

Since 2002, we have organised 6 Annual Ntaba kaNdoda Heritage Festivals. These are well-supported community events held over the Heritage Day weekend. Festival activities normally include a visit to the grave of Maqoma (Aaah Jongumsobomvu!) at the Ntaba kaNdoda site, choirs, poetry, marimba, book readings, indigenous

dances & games, izidlo zikaNtu cuisine, board games, soccer, netball, horse races & horse dressing shows. We are currently working with the Amathole District Municipality for the resuscitation of the Ntaba kaNdoda heritage site. In 2012, we undertook the traditional cleansing of the site given the atrocities committed during the era of the Ciskeian homeland & as part of preparing for the reconstruction of the tombstone of Jongumsobomvu. By the end of September 2013, the new tombstone had been installed & will now be unveiled in the first quarter of 2014. We are still awaiting a response from the South African Heritage Resources Authority to our July 2012 application for the declaration of the Ntaba kaNdoda site as a national heritage site. Such a declaration will be a key step in the development of the envisaged Keiskammahoek Heritage Route. In addition to Ntaba kaNdoda, such a route will include other historical sites: King Ngqika’s grave, the site of the Burnshill Wagon Battle, Fort Cox, Sandile Dam, Booma Pass, Princess Ntsusa’s grave, Dyirha’s cliff, Mount Hoho, Khoi sites, German graves, rock art & local forests. Our other heritage work includes:

  1. Holding a Heritage, Custom, Rights & Development conference which we will co-host at Sandile Dam with the Rhodes University’s Department of Music & School of Languages in February 2014;
  2. Our funding application to the National Lottery Board for the development of a Keiskammahoek Heritage Route;
  3. Writing a popular history of Ndoda, Hoho, the Khoi, Ntsusa, Ngqika, Maqoma, Canon Arthur James Calata, Livingstone Mqotsi, Professor Randall Langa Peteni & other prominent local individuals for use in heritage education in local schools & for use by tourists;
  4. Production of games & other learning aids on local heritage for public education & use in heritage education in local schools;
  5. Continuing research on indigenous music & language practices in partnership with Rhodes University; &
  6. Research on women & gender in local heritage & histories.

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