Sekhukhune


The Sekhukhune district...

... is named after Chief Sekhukhune of the Bapedi. The region has a variety of stories to tell, and offers insight into the fascinating cultural heritage of the Ndebele and Bapedi people. The history of the Ndebele and Bapedi in this area dates back hundreds of years.

The area is rich in cultural heritage, mineral resources and agricultural land, as well as a rich biodiversity. The area is characterised by a multitude of rural villages. Groblersdal - its capital - is an agricultural town to the southwest.

At Ledingwe Cultural Village, you can go on a guided tour that reveals the history and heritage of the Ndebele people. Visit the ancestral kraal of the ancient Ndebele king, King Mayhisha III. Visit traditional homesteads and meet artists in their studios. Find out about the fascinating folklore and mythology of the Ndebele. You can even do a traditional dance or have your fortunes told by a sangoma (traditional healer).

Traditionally the Ndebele decorated their homes in bold and bright geometric patterns. There are various wonderful examples of this in Sekhukhune. The Ndebele have a proud artistic history which includes elaborate costumes and jewellery, beadwork and painting.

You can also take a tour of Tjate, a heritage site that commemorates the cultural heritage of the Bapedi people. Hear about the great valley of the Bapedi kings, from King Diale of the 16th century to King Sekhukhune who ruled in the 18thcentury. Local guides bring to life the brave battles fought here, and you can wander the battle sites and gravesides of fallen Bapedi, Boer and British soldiers, including that of King Sekhukhune himself.

Sekhukhune's surrounds are home to nature reserves, wilderness areas and natural attractions. Some of these include the foot-shaped rock called God's Footprint, (or Lenao la Modimo in Sepedi) and the Echo Stone. Locals believe that the Mona Meetse Spring is inhabited by a legendary water spirit. In spring, there is a spectacular showing of rare yellow arum lilies in the village of Roossenekal in Sekhukhune. This is celebrated with a local festival. 

Source: www.southafrica.net