Farming inspiration from Angie Khumalo

When Africans in the South of the continent encountered Europeans there were clashes involving land.

The Khoe people who live around //Hui !Gaeb relied on the land to graze their cattle and raise crops.

//Hui !Gaeb is one of the Khoe names for the place European settlers called “Cape Town”.

It means “place where clouds gather” or “place of the clouds”.

The Khoe of //Hui !Gaeb, known also as Goringhaiqua, were pastoralists.This meant that with the changing seasons the Goringhaiqua would migrate between different parts of //Hui !Gaeb to feed their cattle.

In the pirate Jan Van Riebeek’s diary, he records how the Goringhaiqua people would move their cattle between contemporary Hout Bay and Camissa (Table Bay).

This leads us to the farmer Angie Khumalo. Khumalo is important to every South African.

As an indigenous Black South African woman Khumalo has gotten into farming.

She is reversing the trend of landlessness.

Khumalo is an example to Black South Africans who do not want to rely on the neo-Apartheid food system forever.

When the Voortrekkers and other Europeans conquered Africans they divorced them from farming practices.

The Voortrekkers became self-appointed “landlords” of Ancestral Khoe and San land while indigenous African people become unemployed and landless.

The indigenous people had to work on settler farms to survive or die as many did.

Angie Khumalo demonstrates that through hard work South Africans can succeed as farmers again.

WE do not have to rely on those who do not care about us to feed ourselves, our children and parents forever.

All images are accessible on Angie Khumalo’s Facebook page.