Ndlaleni, the place that knows no hunger
When loosely translated Ndlaleni is an area of devastating hunger.
Therefore when an area called Ndlaleni is mentioned one is quick to associate it with overwhelming hunger following an assumption that it is extracted from indlala (hunger).
However, there is a secluded area called Ndlaleni that is surrounded by large forests in the Hhohho region. The area is past Bhunya on the way to Malutha, but is also accessible from Mankayane in the Manzini region.
This place is far from being an area that is swallowed up by hunger, but is actually a food basket. With impressive rains almost throughout the year at Ndlaleni, the people take advantage to plough their fields and produce impressive yields of maize meal. While one would after considering the name, Ndlaleni, and feel pity for its community, but the opposite is true as this area knows no hunger. A visit to the area is testimony that its residents know how to use their greatest asset which is the soil to get food from it. A recent visit by the Observer on Saturday team to the area uncovered that planting of maize had already started in almost all the fields owned by the community. An elder within the area explained that the name Ndlaleni was not actually extracted from the word that describes hunger, but was a name that belonged to the late Ndlaleni Bhembe who was instrumental in the construction of the area’s only primary school about 70 years ago, which was to be later named after her – Ndlaleni Primary School. The area of the school known as Ndlaleni.