uMngeni Municipality Mayor, Sizwe Sokhela, Deputy Mayor, Nompumelelo Buthelezi and Speaker Zine Dlamini revived a long standing tradition to bolster tourism at the Howick Falls recently.READ MORE

A cairn of stones called an Isivivane in South, an ancient custom prevalent all over the world is simple yet deeply symbolic. It requires travelers to spit on a stone and place it on the ground.

Isivivane or lucky cairn of heaped stones plays a vital role in traditional African culture. Established alongside old or important footpaths, the heap of stones represent human beings’ universal desire for success in their undertakings, safe journeys and happy returns to the place where they first placed the stones.

The stones are also regarded as token that bring good luck to someone else, and a means of communication, indicating to other travelers that a friend has passed by the same route. These cairns or isivivane are found in several other countries and are referred to in different names. In Canada they are known as Inuksuk, in Egypt as Alamat in Hawaii as Ahu, in Iceland as Varoa and in KwaZulu-Natal as Isivivane.

“This place, Howick Falls has a lot of potential. We must look into partnering with the private sector in further developing this area. We must review the master plans that have been drafted for this area and move for them to be implemented,” said the Mayor.