Scorned, but lives

Beautiful mountains of Umbulwane
Look up, you see the Drakensberg
Look down, you see Umnambithi
Shaka Zulu named it Umnambithi,
Because of the tasty water.
He had such a good palate
The mountains have such rich history
So many stories to tell from the river
Your grandmother has probably told you a lot about water snakes
My uncle died there; it’s no myth.


The landscapes
Such serenity
The evergreen grass
Shades of brown
Giving you the contrast of life
Water silently flowing from the river
But when the water snake (inkanyamba) is angry, all hell breaks loose
Roofs are damaged
Houses flooded
Nature – so mysterious

This is all in Steadville
Umnambithi resembling a river of melancholy
The blood that’s been shed
The violence that took too much
Battle of the Blood River?

People moving with smiles
Pain hidden behind them
Shoulders hanging
Irascible due to the deep-seated pain
Unhealed wounds
No justice

Dreams flooded with screams of loved ones
Mothers crying for who could have been a breadwinner
What a scorned community
Life goes on…
They forge ahead

Place still remains beautiful
Hail storm came and took everything
It was a black Christmas
They remain smiling
Beauty haunted by blood
Blazing gun shots
They still have a rich history to tell!

Let’s tell our story Steadville!!!

Ntando PZ Mbatha


Oath to the one I adore

The meaning of love…
You are its epitome
You are the embodiment of God’s never-ending love
Because of you, I know there is a God out there



I love you…
These three words cannot give justice to my feelings
You’re everything I ever needed
My one
The best

I want you to see yourself through my eyes
Maybe then you will understand how blessed I am.
Because of you:
I love life
I have patience that love demands

I pray that you envisage the whisper of my symphony
I pray that you be cognizant to the degree of my affection
That dwells in the bosom of my soul
Deep down within

This is my veneration to you
This love is unfathomable
Lets make it infallible
When I think of this love
Tears well up in my eyes

I’m happy
I’m at peace
From the very first day, you made me smile
So much compassion in your eyes
I want to live within the warmth of your heart
And call it home
For as long as this life allows…

Ntando PZ Mbatha