All communities are preparing ground and planting here in KwaZulu-Natal.
This includes the community of Hlatikulu where we are building out retreat and homestead. We met with the Induna last Wednesday and discussed the fields that were being prepared for planting and he told us that despite heavy rainfalls elsewhere, that region of the mountains still didn’t have enough rain falling and so traditional ancestral rituals would need to be done by the King of the Amahlubi to ensure heavy rain fall.
As if in answer to the thoughts, when we were on site a heavy shower came and lit up all the rocks with silver skin and the flowers of various plants weighed heavy with fresh water! We all smiled at how quickly the mountains hear the thoughts of the people. The Sun came out again, and beams of light broke through the clouds hitting the hills in golden patches.
We recently discovered that seed sovereignty in Africa is under threat; seed diversity in
Africa is vital for the large population of small farmers.
So, what is happening; well big agri-business firms appropriate the traditional plant varieties, hybridise them, and then patent the hybrids, basically stamping their ownership on the original seed. This would mean that anyone wanting to plant the seed would have to buy it from the agri-business or receive it on credit. But if the crop fails, the farmer will have to pay back the value of the seed with property and whatever material goods they have (which is often nothing); the hybrid varieties which yield more produce aren’t able to survive the unpredictable weather patterns of certain parts of Africa and so frequently fail.
The coalition of civil society organisations, which includes Action Aid Tanzania, Action Aid Uganda, African Biodiversity Network, Rights Food Alliance Uganda
and the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition, are protesting, in particular, against the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), which focus on hybrid seeds, chemical fertilisers and pesticides, and credit.
We will be in Pretoria, Gauteng from the 5th to the 8th of December and available for consultations/readings, this is a one on one reading and is a great way to end the year and gain insight for yourself for the year ahead. There are still places available. We hope to see some of you there…
The update for the fracking situation in the Drakensburg from the last newsletter, is action is being planned, Penny Rees from Duct who is heavily involved says; “I currently have someone translating the fracking pamphlet into Zulu, and will soon receive a CD that has been put together and will see if I can get this translated / redo it in Zulu. The basic plan now is for me and other volunteers to get the necessary geological maps and identify where the shale deposits are, and from that work out which catchments and communities could be affected. Thereafter in the new year we plan to start heading out to the identified communities to hold public meetings to inform them of the truths about fracking, and to show them the DVD (I have access to a mobile film showing unit).”
We will continue to keep you informed…
You can also contact; The Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) website or email Karen Rademeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org who are involved in the process of informing and gathering information for action, all over South Africa, including for the Drakensburg.
The first test screening of the movie ‘The Calling’ which is about Sangoma tradition and is part of a series of three took place in November in the USA and is the latest creation of Sundance Director and Stafford Springs native Roger Ingraham. Africa Shaman Experience Sangomas feature in this film and are looking forward to the sharing of the journey which was taken with the film crew.
You can find out more at http://whatismyorigin.com/sangoma-2/
The film will be submitted to international film festivals.
For anyone wanting to learn more about Rituals, Sacred Sites, African tradition, African Shamanism and their personal relationship with their ancestors and how to work with them; the mentorship correspondence course is for you… http://africashamanexperience.com/the-african-zulu-shamanism-mentorship-program
“Do not eat the seeds, keep aside and wait for the fruits
For anyone wanting further guidance or a personal reading and consultation with a Sangoma; http://africashamanexperience.com/consulting-a-sangoma-reading-divination-and-ancestral-spirits