If you want a real kasi (site) experience and want to feel the true spirit of ubuntu (a kind-hearted) among the people of South Africa , then mfethu (my friend), you must visit the Guguletu ...
Gugs, as it is lovingly known to the inhabitants, was founded in 1960 under the apartheid legislation, due to overcrowding in the cities of Nyanga and Langa. Guguletu, which means "pride", as it has developed into a bustling community -. The jewel that is still continuing its proud people
Guguletu is situated on the Cape Flats and is only 15 km away from downtown Cape Towna.Ljudi who live here are the Xhosa language spoken is isiXhosa. You can visit Gugs bus, taxi or train - although I would recommend a taxi ride. You can not leave South Africa without experiencing a taxi ride, or you might miss the experience that is both funny and exciting. Mind you I'm not talking about those who made a taxi ...
get down to a taxi rank at the station in Cape Town's central business district (you'll know that this is the right place when you see a white minibus taxis waiting in line at the numbers and names of characters). Here you will meet you oh-so-normal sounds of the act - it sounds, without which could never call the taxi rank
"Manenberg, Athlone ... Claremont, Wynberg ... one more, one more to go ... where my dear ?"
to ask for Nyanga, Guguletu taxis. Nyanga, KTC, N.y 1 / 108 that is. Take a taxi in New York, which will take you straight to the heart Gugs: "The four of four, uyaphi Sisi " (? Where are you going to my sister), "Masambeni!" (Idemo!) taxi conductor will be screaming. Once the taxi is full, the doors will close and off you go, as their way to the N2 autocestom.Vozač will be left in Modderfontein Road, turn on the robots, take Montana Shopping Center and before you know it, you are Guguletu.
As you enter Gugs you will see small children playing and laughing in the streets. Others will be enjoying the sun if it's a hot day, or people will just sit around, talking. You'll also see little stands here and there, where some of the women living selling braaied meat. There are several fruit and vegetable stands, and hairdressers. If you are looking for a traditional outfit you will also find a seamstress among them, and if you're after traditional healing, there is even a healer nearby. Guguletu that has become a small town.
Another well-known kasi 'accessory' is Cressidas that weave their way and out of traffic. "Peep, peep!" These are our cabins - or amaphela as they are called. When you translate amaphela it means cockroach, and they were called to the manner in which they move on the roads with such ease and speed, it is seen by some as an art. They transport people in and around the town and only costs you R4.00 to get where you want to go in the blink of an eye.
best time to visit Gugs during the hot summer months when everyone is happy, playful energy and -. The feeling that is contagious and makes Gugs very exciting
the first place you need to stop at the Mzoli's - Guguletu popular chill-out spot. Every Saturday and Sunday to a place where people spend their afternoons, eat meat, talk and just lounging around. If you love red meat, then this is the place to keep it fresh and juicy. (Mzoli originally slaughter at the end turns into a place where people can buy their meat and braai it .)
Today is the meat braaied front of you and it does not take long. Mahala Nyama (double) has a long tradition and the Xhosa people and a vital part of kasi kulturu.Meso served with mieliepap (maize meal porridge) and gravy, or you can have with bread - a kasi how <. / P>
Mzoli is structured to fit in with kasi life-style, sit outside, where you can get a view of all the passes. This way you get to interact with people, while enjoying your meal.
braaied If meat is not your thing, you can always pop in next door to the Phung with African print interior, where they serve real authentic Xhosa dishes such as upense (tripe) with Pope (porridge), steamed bread and various other meats that are loved by Xhosa people. If you are not food at all, then you simply have some drinks, make yourself comfortable enter or outdoor seating area and stay among the locals.
braaied If meat is not your thing, you can always pop in next door to the Phung with African print interior, where they serve real authentic Xhosa dishes such as upense (tripe) with Pope (porridge), steamed bread and various other meats that are loved by Xhosa people. If you are not food at all, then you simply have some drinks, make yourself comfortable enter or outdoor seating area and stay among the locals....
an exciting phenomenon that usually occurs in December Gugs about the boys going in initiation - a really important part of the Xhosa culture. When they reach the age of eighteen of Xhosa boys have to go for training. During this time, the boys remain in the bush for three to four tjedna.Svečanost begins on Friday with people singing, the slaughter of sheep and women cooking. Accompanied by older men, the boys are preparing to leave his makeshift home, but the next morning.
When you return from the bush, a ceremony called umphumo is maintained. Traditional beer is made, the sheep were slaughtered and the guys are welcome back people sing and give praise to the ancestors of them return safely. The celebration carries on until Sunday, when umgidi - showering the parents began with gifts of money and alcohol. Again, the meat is served and the beer is drunk, and the incredible kindness of ubuntu shows: people Gugs come together and help each other where they can.
Guguletu visit will give you a taste of authentic kasi - an experience you will never forget, and once you've experienced Gugs and talkative, friendly people you will not want to leave.
Here you can not simply will testify - you will feel the spirit of ubuntu . But do not take my word for it - come and experience yourself ...