The Nguni tribe originated from the central African lake districts, moving southwards and bringing with them cattle, goats, hunting dogs and seeds for their crops. Groups broke away with their leaders, establishing different dialects and customs, which contribute to the many tribes of South Africa’s faceted multiculturalism.
Nguni Africa’s founder, Andrew Hall, is fifth generation of the famous Hall family of the area. His great-great grandfather, RT Hall, advised on construction of the railway line between Pretoria and Delagoa Bay (now Maputo in Mozambique) in the late 1800’s. RT’s son, H.L. Hall, was a Transport Rider, using a team of Nguni oxen to pull a cargo wagon through the hostile bushveld. Knowledge of the environment was the key to survival and hunting for the pot was essential. Many years were spent hunting with his friend, Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog, Jock, whose story is recorded in the book Jock of the Bushveld, by Fitzpatrick and has become part of the Lowveld culture. In 1890 HL Hall settled near Nelspruit (now Mbombela) to become a pioneer farmer on the virgin soil. Matsafeni Mdluli, a Swazi chief, ran away from Swaziland with one of the King’s future wives, bringing his impis and families to this area where employment was available. The town of Nelspruit only developed years later. Today, generations later, the Halls and Mdlulis still work together. This background provides many first hand anecdotes from the early days of lowveld history.
Cultural stories and peoples’ passion for the dusty bushveld of South Africa is exactly what feeds our souls and we wish to share it with you when visiting our region of South Africa, Mpumalanga – The Place of the Rising Sun.