Photo-shooting at the Parade

In our village they celebrate annually the sweet potato (“patat”) harvest although not many sweet potatoes are grown in this area anymore. The tradition sticks and part of the celebration during the ‘Napier Patatfees’ is the Friday Parade. This afternoon I made a few shots. Enjoy!

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Lobola

Lobola means ‘dowry’ and is an old (South) African tradition that after negotiations the broom pays the dowry in cows but the family of the bride pays for the wedding and usually plays even. The more cows; the bigger (more important) the wedding. The ‘lobola’ in the picture says that there is a fairly big wedding on its way in this village.

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Monday is Laundry Day ….

… and yes, in my youth in Holland Monday was the day that my mother did the laundry. I don’t know if this is a global phenomenon but in informal settlement Die Kop near our village people do also live to this tradition.

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The Lost People

If people (especially the ones from outside the African Continent) are talking about South Africa the conversation is ‘Black’ and ‘White’. But what about the in-between South Africans? These are, with one foot in ancient tradition and the other in contemporary (white) society; the ‘Lost People’.

The ‘Coloreds’ have their own world embedded between vague tradition and misty modern world. Distrusted by both ‘Black’ and ‘White’ they have to find their own way in a ‘dark forest’.

It’s a dangerous world out there or is it here?

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