House of Credo Mutwa showcased at film festival

 

One of the South African film industry’s most anticipated events, the 5th North West Film Festival (NWFF), is taking place from the 14th to the 23rd September 2007 across the North West Province.
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The theme of the festival is Ke Ya Rona (Setswana for “It is Ours”) and its primary objective is to encourage people to take ownership of the industry either as active audiences or film makers. The Festival aims to ‘edutain’ using film as a medium.

The Festival takes place within National Heritage month, and it will showcase films with a Proudly South African focus to celebrate the country’s heritage. These films include; Karen Slater’s From Nkoko with Love, Vincent Moloi’s A Pair of Boots and a Bicycle, Jioty Mystry’s I Mike what I Like, Rudi Steyn’s Baas van die Plaas, Khulile Nxumalo’s The House of Credo Mutwa and Teboho Mahlatsi’s Sekalli sa Meokgo.

read the full story on the Filmmaker South Africa website…

History and that Gaddafi diversionary trail

 

Muammar al GaddafiIt did not require some extraordinary insight to predict the utter failure of the July 2007 Accra summit of Africa’s heads of state – not so much the indifference shown to the vaunted theatrics of the so-called “continental union government” performance by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi but the assembly’s deafening silence over the ongoing Arab-driven genocide against the African people of Darfur. This failure is indefensible. Just as the 1966-1970 Igbo genocide (post-European occupied Africa’s foundational genocide which the Arab/Islamic World, in concert with Britain, the former Soviet Union and the Nigerian state executed, resulting in the murder of 3.1 million Igbo) and the subsequent genocides in Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the Congos, African leaders have yet again failed to confront and halt another mass slaughter of an African people. Just as in all the pre-Darfur continental genocides of the past 41 years in which 15 million Africans were murdered, the world appears, yet again, to watch at the sideline as another nation of Africans is being systematically destroyed by an African state run by a ruthless minority Arab/islamist hegemonic grouping. A total of 200,000 Darfuri have so far been murdered.

Despite Gaddafi’s pre-summit boisterous campaigns across Africa to publicise his “union government” ambition, the Arab nationalist, who has turned his country into some religio-dynastic fiefdom since he seized power in 1967 after a coup d’état, has obviously scant democratic credentials to present to the current frenetic African discourses geared to the reworking and transformation of Africa’s debilitating sociopolitical spaces of dictatorship, militarism and genocide. Africa’s strategic goal in these early decades of the new millennium, it should be stressed, is to dismantle its extant genocide-states and create extensively decentralised new state forms of organic coherence that not only halt the slaughtering of four decades but also embark on the construction of African-centred polities of advanced civilisations.

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South Africa…Witchcraft suppression – please speak up

 


To all South African Family and Friends of Africa! This posting is a little late but I’m publishing this information anyway to raise awareness on this issue…Ramon Thomas, webmaster

I do not usually send out petitions but in this case I am sure you will forgive the intrusion:

Mpumalanga are in the process of drafting a Witchcraft suppression bill which will make the practice or admission of witchcraft a criminal act in Mpumalanga !!- you might think it is not your province or not your problem! BUT if Mpumalanga do it, they open the doorway for other provinces to do the same! They also open the doors for innocent people to be incriminated and even killed by mass trial/mobs.

This affects ALL traditional Crafts and most Importantly the SANGOMA’S.

What you can do to help:

The deadline for objections is 13 July so please do not delay. We need all Pagans or persons practising Traditional Crafts (Sangomas) OR who identify themselves as ‘Witches’ (or even those who don’t) to lodge PERSONAL objections against the bill. No group petitions PLEASE. We want a large quantity of individual mail being submitted against the drafting of the bill!

This Bill is in direct contravention with the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights , which allow religious freedom to ALL!!

We need to get as many objections as possible so please take the time to send a mail and also pass this along to all Africans, Traditional healers, Pagans and Witch-friendly folk.

To make it easy for you – BELOW are address details and a template and email address for submission of your Objection (just add your personal details and tweak the wording if you like)

Witches are NOT what the story books claim them to be! Nor are they Christian Hating or evil people! DO the right thing!

SAVE YOUR TRADITIONAL HEALERS! SAVE YOUR ANCESTRAL RIGHTS! STAND UP AND DEFEND YOUR AFRICAN AND SPIRITUAL HERITAGE!

Warm Blessings
Jacqui

On Behalf of NDUMA (Sangoma and Traditional healer)
http://www.myspace.com/sangomaliz

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Send your mail to : bbongo@mpg.gov.za

Subject: Witchcraft Suppression Act – OBJECTION

E-mail content :

Office of the Premier
Mpumalanga Provincial Government

For attention: Advocates B. Thomas and H.M. Mbatha and L. Pretorius

With reference to: P.15/5/15 Comment as an Interested and Affected Party: Mpumalanga Witchcraft Suppression Bill 2007.

I, INSERT NAME HERE, hereby formally object to the proposed Witchcraft Suppression Bill on the following grounds:

1. Any bill that provides for the suppression of Witchcraft is in direct contravention with the South African Constitution and Bill of rights (which allow religious freedom to all)

2. The proposed bill will criminalise members of a recognised and established religious minority

3. It denies the members of this minority religious community freedom of religion and belief

4. The bill will create a threat to the dignity, and well being and safety of Witch/Wiccan religious communities throughout South Africa

5. The bill will misrepresent a Witches worldview and belief system and will create discrimination and division within communities

I respectfully request that this bill is not passed with the current wording – and that alternate solutions are found to deal with the issues at hand.

Regards

INSERT NAME
aka INSERT : Pagan / Traditional healer Name
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
ADDRESS (POSTAL IS FINE):

No sacred cows in Divided Kingdom Republic

 

THERE are no sacred cows on Afro-centric artistes Divided Kingdom Republic’s new effort, the double album Kudakwashe/Munyaradzi. The Zimbabwean-born rappers, pioneers of hip hop in their homeland deliver a scathing no-holds barred full frontal attack on just about all forces propagating strife on the continent: from sycophant Western powers, the G8 to corrupt African leaders.

Following hot in the footsteps of their impressive debut offering , Rhythm and Prose in 2005, Mcs Kudakwashe Musasiwa a.k.a Begotten Sun and Munyaradzi Nota take a new approach to producing rap, a lighter way to enlighten, and some of the sharpest double entendres and wordplay ever recorded in hip hop and hereby leave an indelible mark on music history.

To start with, the duo who produced most of the tracks on this double cd, takes a bold decision to ditch the predictable and overused technique of computerised melodies and sampled bass lines for live guitar riffs, thumping traditional ngoma (drums), rattling hoshos while the Mbira yevadzimu dominates prominently.

The set is then completed by the compliment of kicks and a skanking drum machine to retain a hip hop flavour, already catchy before the addition of the often satirical but mostly blunt yet clean political compositions.

The genius in this record is the Chitauri theme which threads throughout the album that is famously attributable to Zulu Shaman and best-selling fiction author Credo Mutwa.

Click here to read the rest of this story from the Association of Zimbabwean Journalist s website.

The lady’s not for burning

 

The Kanga and the Kangaroo Court is a battle of ideas and behaviour; a battle against, not of, violence Mail & Guardian reviewers examine meaning and myth in Mmatshilo Motsei’s The Kanga and the Kangaroo Court

wen Ansell About 55 000 rapes were reported in South Africa in 2005/06, along with close to 10 000 indecent assaults. Many of the latter may also have been rapes: of men, or with bottles, knives or guns — prevailing legal definitions did not permit the “rape” label for those. If you are part of the majority population (according to Statistics South Africa, 51% of us are female), South Africa is a dangerous place to live.

Just how dangerous, was highlighted by events inside and outside the court where one particularly well-publicised rape case was heard in March last year. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, deputy president of the ANC and former deputy president of the country, was on trial for the rape of a young woman identified as “Khwezi”. The court acquitted him. But, throughout the trial, mobs of supporters, many of them bussed in from Zuma’s base in rural KwaZulu-Natal, menaced the complainant, her family, legal team and supporters. Their chant — reproduced on a particularly ill-judged Sowetan front page that the photo-burning mobs then brandished as a placard — was “Burn the bitch!”

Women and men picketing for a fair trial faced a barrage of abuse. It sometimes seemed as if every passing hand was making gestures of throat-slitting or pistol-firing in their direction. The verbal and ideological violence continued long after the verdict. (Rapes, of course, had never stopped.) Calls for South Africa’s next president to be a woman met such gender-specific vitriol that Thenjiwe Mtintso, South African ambassador to Cuba, coined the term vrou-gevaar (women peril), in parallel to the swart-gevaar (black peril) psychosis infecting the supporters of apartheid.

The Zuma trial let loose the stink of some odious aspects of life. But it also highlighted a still-unsecured front in our liberation war: the struggle for gender equality. And if “Burn the bitch” was the literary expression of the enemy, Mmatshilo Motsei’s book sounds the clarion call back to battle.

It’s a battle of ideas and behaviour; a battle against, not of, violence. In 200 meticulously researched and passionately (but also wittily) written pages, Motsei examines the gender images and self-images men and women create and hold, where these images come from, and how they are expressed in behaviour.

Though the Zuma trial is the anchor for her argument, she considers many broader issues, including patriarchy in religion and popular culture, and the impact of globalisation and militarisation. She debunks — tragic that it must be done so repeatedly — the myth that women “ask for it”. And she kills the canard that African cultures are inherently sexist, drawing on authorities to the contrary from gender studies academic Molara Ogundipe to traditional healer Credo Mutwa and veteran Alexandra community leader Drake Koka.

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Sutherlandia frutescens herb may help fight Aids

 

Sutherlandia frutescensA South African endemic medicinal herb, with the botanical name of Sutherlandia frutescens may hold the key to the treatment of HIV and Aids it has been reported in many places including the BBC news site, and by Zulu shaman Credo Mutwa, who in recent years has become a good friend of controversial author and speaker David Icke.

Credo Mutwa, however, got the name slightly wrong and refers to it as Suderlandia Fructosate, and this has led to very many enquiries on message boards online where people have been trying to track the herb down. Some botanists also refer to Sutherlandia frutescens as Lessertia frutescens, which confuses matters further.

Sutherlandia frutescens is also known in English as cancer bush and balloon vine, and it grows naturally throughout the dry parts of southern Africa, in Western Cape and up the west coast as far north as Namibia and into Botswana. It is also found in the western Karoo to Eastern Cape and has been cultivated as an attractive garden flower.

Sutherlandia Frutescens, sub-species Microphylla has been undergoing clinical trials to assess its immune-boosting properties and evidence suggests that this plant can improve the quality of life of thousands of people suffering from HIV and full-blown Aids.

The South African San people who know it as “Insisa,” use Sutherlandia frutescens as an energy booster and an anti-depressant, whilst Afrikaners call it the “Kankerbossie” or cancer bush, because of its properties in treating people suffering with internal cancers.

Phyto Nova, a company specialising in herbal remedies first started researching the bio-chemical properties of Sutherlandia frutescens and they were so convinced it could be used to help HIV and Aids sufferers, that they contracted farmers to plant acres of the herb as a safeguard against over-harvesting of it in the wild.

The Phyto Nova company has been manufacturing and supplying high quality Sutherlandia frutescens tablets, gel and powder.

originally published on Enjoy France website here.

You may also be interested in reading this detailed write-up on the Sutherlandia treatment here.

Genetically Modified Crops in South Africa

 

Dr. Moira Gunn talks to the chief of a rural South African village, Chief Advocate Mdutshane, and a South African government scientist, Dr. Makhosandile Rebe, about genetically modified crops in South Africa. And on Bio-Issue of the Week, science journalist David Ewing Duncan reviews former President Clinton’s keynote speech. This edition of BioTech Nation was broadcast from the BIO2006 conference in Chicago.

Download interview with Chief Advocate Mdutshane and Dr. Makhosandile Rebe here.

Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, and Mysteries

 

“Credo Mutwa paints a stunning picture of the complex world of Zulu cosmology and traditions. The colorful array of stories and the science of healing he offers with humility take us into the heart of African ancestral wisdom. His courage in revealing to the world what would otherwise remain hidden commands respect and reverence.”
Malidoma Somé, author of The Healing Wisdom of Africa and Of Water and the Spirit

“There is medicine for the soul here. One feels Credo Mutwa’s wonderful humanity and the genius of his people in these stories.”
Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya and Carnival of the Spirit

In this rare window into Zulu mysticism, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa breaks the bonds of traditional silence to share his personal experiences as a sangoma—a Zulu shaman. Set against the backdrop of post-colonial South Africa, Zulu Shaman relays the first-person accounts of an African healer and reveals the cosmology of the Zulu.

Mutwa begins with the compelling story of his personal journey as an English-trained Christian schoolteacher who receives a calling to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as a shaman and keeper of folklore. He then tells the stories of his ancestors, including creation myths; how evil came to the world; the adventures of the trickster god Kintu; and Zulu relations with the “fiery visitors,” whom he likens to extraterrestrials. In an attempt to preserve the knowledge of his ancestors and encourage his vision of a world united in peace and harmony, Mutwa also shares previously guarded secrets of Zulu healing and spiritual practices: including the curing power of the sangoma and the psychic powers of his people.

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa currently resides in Kuruman in the Northern Cape.
Previously he lived outside Pretoria, South Africa, near Johannesburg, where he used to sculpt, paint, and teach Zulu lore. His book Indaba, My Children has become a classic of African literature.

read more about this book here…

Interview with Chika Onyeani author of Capitalist Nigger

 

Capitalist Nigger: A Spiderweb Doctrine by Chika OnyeaniI do not know if Credo Mutwa knows about this particular book because his health has been deteriorating since 2005 when Capitalist Nigger was first published. Whether he agrees with the views expressed in the book Capitalist Nigger I publish this interview so that you can make up your own mind. As a concerned South African I believe this book holds a wake up call for all those who are open to it, and will annoy the rest who are conformist or politically correct.

Here’s an interview originally published in Mail & Guardian newspaper from October 2005 when Dr Chika Onyeani visited South Africa:

M&G – What is the difference between what you are preaching and what other Africans on the continent and in the diaspora have said about the need for economic self-reliance?

Chika – My message is different in that they were always blaming colonialists or slavery for the black persons problems. I am not saying we should not recognise the impact of colonialism. But we should say that it has been 45 years since Africa was decolonised. It is time we said that what happens in Africa today, we are responsible for it. We cannot continue to blame the colonialist. Who said to [Nigerian military strongman Sani] Abacha and [Congo dictator] Mobutu [Sese Seko] take the money and go and put it in a bank in Europe.

M&G – So what do you see as a solution?

Chika – We need to learn to take care of ourselves. Indians wear saris made in India, they drive cars made in India, and [the] Chinese are not afraid to use products made in their country. We must do the same.

M&G – What is stopping blacks from doing what they need to do?

Chika – Inferiority complex. I met a man who says he is from a village somewhere here. He told me that the people in his village have lost all their stores to the Pakistanis. Why is that? It is because we are not willing to put in the same amount of time. It is because the Pakistanis are willing to work hard; they are prepared to work 25 hours a day and eight days a week. Blacks are not willing to work hard. They think that once you have a shop, you have arrived.

M&G – What about the possibility that the Pakistani, like the Chinese, have access to cheaper raw materials and commodities because of the lower cost of doing business in their countries?

Chika – People in Africa should not demand such high wages. The Indians dont mind working for peanuts, as long as it is for the good of their communities.

M&G – But there are wealth-gap issues in both India and China.

Chika – Why must we concentrate on the negative? In India, the larger part of the population is still poor. So what? India is leading in a lot of ways. If you make a call to credit card company, chances are it would be answered in India. Just because of the way they have been able to do the things. The reason we have so many people going to Europe looking for work is because we have not been able to provide jobs for our people.

What would you say to comments that you are playing into the hands of racists by depicting black people as lazy and inefficient?

Chika – I dont care about what white people are thinking. It is what we think about ourselves. If we talk about it, perhaps we will stop doing it.

Purchase Capitalist Nigger by Chika Onyeani from Amazon.com.

If you liked this interview I also recommend you watch the video of distinguished economist George Ayittey at TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania in 2007.

Audio Message from Credo Mutwa

 

Reposted from y Dean Liprini’s blog

Urgent Message from Credo Mutwa

I was asked last week by Baba Credo to record a message for “the
People” – All spiritual truth seekers This 45min. message relays some
of Credo’s deep concerns for the year and years ahead.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THIS 10.5MB. FILE FOR FREE!! and
encourage others to do so.

PLEASE send the info of this message to All you think will be
interested. ….Spiritual groups/individuals and organizations. OR I
will post it to you on a CD at a cost of R30 in South Africa ( One to
two weeks delivery) and R60 to International destinations, to cover
expenses, postage and packaging.

If you wish to order the CD. in South Africa, please make a bank
deposit and SEND ME AN E-MAIL WITH YOUR NAME AND POSTAL DETAILS-!! or
to order using a credit card (click here) it will be on the Products
page.

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