Hard work cash­ing in at the Reed Cel­e­bra­tion

The Sunday Independent - - NEWS -

NOTH­ING much hap­pens in the ru­ral vil­lage of Osuthu, Non­goma, so for in­for­mal traders the Reed Cel­e­bra­tion, for­merly known as the Reed Dance, presents an op­por­tu­nity for them to make some ex­tra cash.

As early as Thurs­day af­ter­noon, traders around the prov­ince started mak­ing their way to the Enyokeni Royal Palace where they set up gaze­bos and makeshift struc­tures for busi­ness over the three-day fes­ti­val.

Ntombikayise Shandu fired up her braai stand to grill chicken giblets and liv­ers.

“I don’t sell any­where but the Reed Cel­e­bra­tion and other cul­tural fes­ti­vals held at the palace be­cause I live here in the Osuthu vil­lage so I only get cus­tomers dur­ing those events,” she said.

Shandu used the money to sup­ple­ment her hus­band’s in­come, who works as a jan­i­tor in one of the apart­ment build­ings in Dur­ban.

“I don’t make much but if busi­ness is good I can make a profit of about R750 and that can go to­wards buy­ing school shoes for one of my chil­dren or get­ting them some new clothes,” said the mother of three.

Self-taught bead artist Nom­buso Kham­bule, from Fol­weni, south of Dur­ban, goes to the Reed Cel­e­bra­tion ev­ery year to sell her bead ac­ces­sories to the maid­ens.

She clubs in with 14 other in­for­mal traders who hire a taxi from Dur­ban who use the fes­ti­val to boost their prof­its.

“Nor­mally I sell vetkoek, fried chips and sausage rolls to school kids at the Sobonakhona High. But when I come here I make a bit more than I do monthly be­cause peo­ple here are fas­ci­nated by tra­di­tional bead-work de­signs,” she said.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Andile Jwara spends Au­gust and Septem­ber go­ing to all parts of KwaZulu-Natal where other monar­chies host cel­e­bra­tions.

“I re­cently re­turned from the Ing­wavuma one (in Umkhanyakude),” he en­thused.

“But this is the big­gest one where I’m kept on my feet the whole day just tak­ing pic­tures.”

On Satur­day, when the main event was held, he took more than 1 800 photographs of maid­ens and their friends and was able to print them on site.

“I cap­ture the ex­pe­ri­ence for them and they can go home and show their friends and fam­ily what they got up to,” he added.

Phindile Mkhize’s cooldrinks and ice cream pro­vided thirst-quench­ing re­lief to maid­ens and other rev­ellers from Non­goma’s scorch­ing heat.

He came with a stock of R3 000 but was al­ready sit­ting at less than 40% by Fri­day af­ter­noon, which saw him mak­ing an un­ex­pected trip to the CBD to get more.

“When you are a fa­ther, there is noth­ing you wouldn’t do to make sure that your child gets ev­ery­thing she needs in life.

“That is why I’m here sell­ing th­ese things so that I can af­ford to give her what she wants be­cause I’ve been un­lucky when it comes to find­ing a job,”he ex­plained.

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