Amangcwaba 
Grave yard

Ingcwaba
Grave

Shukuma
A Squatter camp on the outskirts of Motherwell near Port Elizabeth.

unfazi
woman

Port Elizabeth
One of the largest ports in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape province, about 475 mi. east of Cape Town.  Forced relocation of the non-white population under apartheid began in 1962.  Since the multi-race elections, it has faced many of the same problems of other cities in South Africa:  AIDS, poverty, crime, etc.  Temperatures tend to hover between 57 and 77 (F) year round making it a tourist destination.

Veld
Name given to various types of open country in South Africa that is used for pasturage and farmland.  To most South African farmers today the veld refers to the land they work, much of which has long since ceased to be “natural.” (Britannica)

Squatter camp
Settlements with shacks made of wood, cardboard, tin and other scrap material. Whole families live in a single shack, the size of a garden shed. Open fires are used for cooking and candles for light – shacks often catch fire when there are accidents. There is no running water, sewerage pipes, gas or electricity. (BBC)

Ewe
Look, or that’s it.

ja
yes

Swartkops
River running through Port Elizabeth named for Swartkops village, just North of Port Elizabeth.

Pondok
Shack, made with whatever is available.

Motherwell
North of Port Elizabeth.  

Doek
Scarf

Suga wena
Fuck off.

Voetsek witman
Fuck off white man.

deurmekaar
Confused.  Out of your mind.

Baas
Boss

Amadoda
Dead Woman

Abafazi
Dead Man.

amagintsa
hoodlums in gangs. 

wena
Go

kom man
Come on man

ikhaya
Home

Finish and klaar
All over, that’s it.  To sum it up.  (Afrikaans)

ewe… zimbini… is twee!
look, (that’s it), two bodies (combined Afrikaans and Xhosa)

motorcar silencer
Muffler

deurmekaar
Confused.  Out of one’s head.

Arnie Vosloo
Arnold Vosloo, South African actor who played Imhotep in The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001).

ingkwebwana
Kid, boy

Indudumo
Thunder 

Iwandle
White cap of a wave

Hluleka
A nature reserve in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, roughly 20 kilometres south of Port St. Johns on South Africa’s Wild Coast, a part of the world most aptly described in terms of its rugged and natural unspoiled beauty. The nature reserve lies along a particularly tranquil part of the coast, south east of Mthatha on route 61.

Hluleka Nature Reserve is a combination of an impressive 772 hectare farm known as old Strachan’s grant farm, a strip of coast line, and the particularly splendid forest reserves of Congwane Mtombo and Ndabeni Hluleka. Together these offer a landscape rich in diversity with various eco systems and abundant animal life – rocky seashores home to dolphins and occasional whale visits, lagoons, grassy hilltops, an abundant bird life, and the solitude of forests filled with evergreen quinine, coral, stink ebony and Natal fig trees. It is managed by Eastern Cape Parks.

tsotsi(s)
(n.)South African word describing a dodgy character. Someone who steals, lies and generally is not to be trusted. A township gangster. Can also be used as a light insult to friends. Pronounce it as you read it, say the ‘ts’ part quickly, as an interrupted ‘s’ sound.

Pasop, Witman!”
“Piss off, White Man!” (?)

Spooke
Ghosts

Thula Mama Thula (Xhosa lullaby)
Zulu Lullaby, in Xhosa: Thula Mama, Thula.

Imfene mam’ imfene yamthabath’ umntwana
Wasuke wakhala wathi iyo (x2)

Khawuthule mama thula, thula mama thula,
Thula mama thula, thula yithi tu (x2) 

Yamthabath’ umntwana yambeka egxeni
Wasuk wakhala wathi iyo (x2)

Translation: Hush mother, Hush!

The baboon took the baby.
The baby cried out “iyo.” 

Hush mother, don’t cry.
Hush mother, hush!

The baboon put the baby over his shoulder.
The baby cried out “iyo.”

ewe
“Yes.” [Afrikaans]

Boontjies
baked beans

stompie
stump, or “short candle”

Daar is brood met appelkoos jam, jong.
“There is bread and fresh apricot jam. (Afrikaans)

lekker
delicious (Afrikaans)

Lyle’s Golden Syrup
Golden syrup is a pale treacle. It is a thick, amber-colored form of inverted sugar syrup, made in the process of refining sugar cane juice into sugar, or by treatment of a sugar solution with acid. It is used in a variety of baking recipes and desserts. It has an appearance similar to honey, and is often used as a substitute for people who do not eat honey. It can also be used as a substitute for corn syrup. Golden syrup is widely available in India, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but harder to find in the United States outside Louisiana, where it often appears in Cajun cuisine. In South Africa, the most popular brands are Illovo golden syrup and the locally produced Lyle’s Golden Syrup. In addition to the classic golden syrup, several flavored versions are also marketed, notably maple flavor.

Polisiep
Police

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