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NDEBELE

Ndebele Hut

SummaryNdebele in broader terms can be referring to the Southern Ndebele people who are located in South Africa and also the Northern Ndebele people located in Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Southern Ndebele people of the northern provinces of South Africa can be further classified into two main tribes; BagaLanga and…

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PEDI

African women

Summary Bapedi, Marota, Bamaroteng, Basotho and previously also referred to as Northern Sotho can be traced as early as the 18th century. Through migration they settled north of the Vaal River to what is now known as the Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West provinces of South Africa. They formed…

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SOTHO

Sotho Women

SummaryBasotho, can be traced back to the 1300 and 1500s originally in what is today known as Tanzania. The east south migration happened similarly like the Nguni south migration. During the Mfecane/Difaqane wars King Moshoeshoe (son of the chief of the kwena clan) helped gain power and control over smaller…

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SWATI

Swazi show

SummaryemaSwati or bakaNgwane are part of the Nguni tribe that emigrated from North East Africa. They settled in what is now known as Swaziland in South East of Africa around the fifteenth century. Around 1600 bakaNgwane settled in Swaziland under the leadership of Dlamini (III), who was accompanied by other…

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TSONGA

Traditional Tsonga fish trap

SummaryVatsonga, can be traced as far back as the 18th century, very little history is known about the Tsonga people prior to that. The name Tsonga was given to them by Zulu invaders who enslaved many clans between 1815 and 1830. The vast majority believe Tsonga people came to existence…

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TSWANA

Tswana Homestead

Summary The Batswana nation can be traced back to 1500, when the Sotho nation extended toward the south and west and isolated into the three particular groups; the South Sotho (Basotho and Sotho), the West Sotho (Tswana), and the North Sotho (Pedi) Through difiqane period a number of Batswana moved…

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ZULU

Zulu warriors

SummaryuZulu was formed as a result of an east coast migration of a small group of the then Nguni tribe. They settled in the east coast of Africa around the nineteenth century. Around 1816 King Shaka kaSenzangakhona united Zulu tribes and other smaller tribes into a powerful kingdom which went…

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