Nd­laleni, the place that knows no hunger

Observer on Saturday - - News -

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.

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