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Msunduza, the township above Mbabane

The township of Msunduza, or, commonly referred to as the "Location", is situated in the hills that forms the backdrop of Mbabane. It has grown as a result of people flocking to the capital and, as employment is hard to get, has its share of petty crime and is not considered the safest place to wander around, especially at night. Having said that, it is a lively neighbourhood, where people live their lives basically in rural fashion. Houses are mainly built of mud bricks, there are small family run shops and "shebeens" where home-brewed maize beer, known as "tjwala", can be bought and people dance outside to the sound of "umgqashiyo" or "mbaqanga", South African Jive music, blaring from speakers.

The area overlooking Mbabane is known as "Sigombe lesimhlophe" meaning "White Location", referring to the fact there is street lighting and hence the safest part of the township; behind this, overlooking the hills away from town is "Sigombe lesimnyama", the "Black Location". It continues further on to what basically are rural kraals, like Mncilitsini, Kopola and, further on, Dlangeni.


Children of Msunduza
Children of Msunduza

Family of Msunduza
Family of Msunduza

Man with his bike
Man with his bike

Market in Msunduza
Market in Msunduza

Drinking tjwala
Drinking "tjwala"

Mud brick house
Mud brick house

Doing the cooking
Doing the cooking

Road to Kopola
Road to Kopola

Carrying tjwala
Carrying "tjwala"

Riding horses
Riding horses

Women fetching water
Women fetching water

Oxen-pulled sledge
Oxen-pulled sledge

Rural homes
Rural homes

Mixing dress
Mixing dress

Mud brick houses
Mud brick houses

View to Mncilitsini
View to Mncilitsini

View from Corporation
View from Corporation

House in Mncilitsini
House in Mncilitsini

Zionist church members
"Zionist" church members

View in Kopola
View in Kopola

Msunduza Location
Msunduza Location

House in Msunduza
House in Msunduza

Shop in Msunduza
Shop in Msunduza

House, Msunduza
House, Msunduza

Huts in Madwaleni
Huts in Madwaleni

Fetching water
Fetching water

In Madwaleni
In Madwaleni

Small shop
Small shop

African Jive
African Jive

Black Location
"Black Location"

Children playing
Children playing

Fetching water
Fetching water

Family compound
Family compound

Outskirts of Msunduza
Outskirts of Msunduza

View at Mncilitsini
View at Mncilitsini

Township houses
Township houses

Football in Msunduza
Football in Msunduza

Rural Msunduza
Rural Msunduza

House in Kopola
House in Kopola

In Sigombe lesimnyama
In "Sigombe lesimnyama"

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