THUNEE CUL­TURE

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - KARINDA JAGMOHAN

“KHANUCK!” can be heard from the cor­ner of the out­door cafe­te­ria at the Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s Steve Biko Cam­pus, where a group of young­sters en­gage in the card game thunee.

“It’s a game that brings us to­gether be­cause we all teach each other,” said Dillen Gounden, 22, who tries to squeeze in a few hands of thunee with friends be­tween lec­tures.

Thunee is a game of “cun­ning” that orig­i­nated in Dur­ban among In­dian in­den­tured-labour­ers. The cul­ture of the game has strength­ened as it passed through gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies and friends play­ing the game.

Among the boys who showed-off their thuneeskills was Ashil Pan­day, 18. He learnt the game through friends on cam­pus, while Jared Poon­samy, 18, was schooled in thunee by his older brother.

Gounden added: “It’s some­thing that is truly South African her­itage be­cause it was born right here.”

PIC­TURE: KARINDA JAGMOHAN

Univer­sity stu­dents gather around cafe­te­ria ta­bles to play the Dur­ban-born game thunee, with skills passed on to them by their fam­i­lies and friends.

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