Her Travel Tribe had the privilege to visit the Langa Township while in Cape Town. Langa is Cape Town’s oldest black township established in 1923. This township was established prior to the apartheid era designated for Black Africans. The name Langa means “sun” in the Xhosa language, but the name of the township is actually derived from the name Langalibalele – a famous chief who was imprisoned on Robben Island for rebelling against the government.The tour took us into the life of the township, their lives, and taught us about their culture and how things are done in their community. We visited informal businesses like Sheen, Sheep’s head restaurant, and spaza shops. When we arrived there were ladies at the restaurant cooking the sheep’s head and taking orders. The ladies at the restaurant wear the clay on their faces to protect their face from the heat.
We were welcomed into a home to see all the different housing that exist in the township. We learned about the history, education, sports, politics, hopes, dreams, challenges and opportunities of the township.
We learned that boys are circumcised at the age of 18 and that’s their passage rite into manhood.
While walking through the township you couldn’t help but notice all the beautiful artwork in the township.We ended our township tour with a delicious lunch in a private residence prepared by this sweet and amazing lady named, Rachel. She prepared; pap, butternut, chakalaka, braai meat (beef and chicken) and vegetables. Can you say yummy? Finger licking good!
Culturally, Langa is relatively homogeneous, with most of the residents belonging to the Xhosa tribe. The community started with very little planned infrastructure but is rapidly developing in many areas, including tourism. If you’re ever in Cape Town, please make time to visit the township of Langa. You won’t regret it.
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