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Not far from the area where many of the Abaqophi live, there is a huge dam built in the early 1960s. It is rumoured to be home to a vast two-headed snake. The Abaqophi visit the dam and the community living on its banks to investigate the history of the dam and the truth of this story.
Lindo, Promise and Nobuhle were thrilled when they were able to secure an interview with the Zulu king. They were keen to talk to him about his rationale for hosting the annual reed-dance at which young girls undergo ‘virginity testing’. They ask him about what he thinks of the attempts to ban virginity testing, and why it is only a practice performed on girls.
Living in a context where death is an everyday occurrence, and orphanhood widespread, the Abaqophi decided to find out more about children's experiences of one of the interventions initiated by the local NGO for children who have lost parents.
Some of the girls in the Abaqophi are avid supporters of a local practice of 'testing' whether young girls are virgins. When the reed-dance, a huge annual virginity-testing event presided over by the Zulu king, was held in Ingwavuma in 2008, they eagerly participated, taking their mini-disc recorders along with them.
Concerned about the consistent difficulties in accessing water in their community, the Abaqophi set out to find out more about the situation.
The Abaqophi talk to elders in their neighbourhood to investigate the tradition of lobola ï¿½ the transfer of cows from the groomï¿½s family to his wife's family as part of marriage.
When American celebrity members of Artists for a New South Africa visited Ingwavuma, the Abaqophi reported on the occasion. They were keen to find out about what these celebrities’ families thought about them giving their funds to South Africa… and whether they have tested for HIV…