Uvelaphi / know your roots

Uvelaphi is a web and mobile platform that seeks to connect African people with their roots by increasing knowledge about African clan names. It also seeks to create an intergenerational reservoir of history for the Nguni people.

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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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SummaryBapedi, 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 what…

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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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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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