Inkcubeko Nendalo teamed up with Sheena Talma of Rhodes University Community Engagement project WildREACH and Ntsika Senior Secondary School Wild Life Club to talk about important plants used in traditional customs.
Members of the club were shown a number of important plants used traditionally for customs and religious rites by the amaXhosa. These included sedge mats, grass brooms, dream root and a cosmetic made from a dry bracket fungus called isibindi.
The learners were most impressed with the liquorice tasting root called umlomomnandi (sweet-mouth) that is used as a love charm to ensure that all that is said is "sweetened" and believed!
Learners were invited to participate and had great fun applying cosmetic paste to their faces and tasting liquorice.
The lesson showed how important plants are for Xhosa culture and identity and stressed that plants should be used carefully to ensure that they are available for use by future generations.
Ntsika Senior Secondary School Wild Life Club members participating in the lesson