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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by normana53 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:39 am

My understanding is that Mooiplaas means beautiful farm. If that is so, was there a farm in the area at one time? and if so whom did it belong to?
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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by gmlsmit » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:56 am

The word Mooiplaas indeed means beautiful place.

In this instance it rather means 'a beautiful place' which it really is.

Beautiful place = mooi plek which does not sound as well as mooi plaas.

In old Dutch plaas also meant plek.
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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by Nkulu » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:48 pm

Does anyone know the meaning of Nhkulu ? :hmz:
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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by Nkulu » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:04 am

Duke Ellieton Meaning of Nkuhlu is natal mahogany. A Tsonga word.


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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by Flyingsailor » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:06 pm

Hi Mites!

I proposed to my now wife at Nkumbe last year ... Anyone know the meaning of Nkumbe!?

I hope it doesn't mean place of doom or something!!!!! ;-)

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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:20 pm

Nkumbe is a Tsonga clan name. Nkumbe is named after someone who lived there in days gone by

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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by Flyingsailor » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:40 pm

Thanks Duke ... Must have been a nice place to live!

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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by saraf » Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:53 pm

Duke, do you know if any archaeological digs have been done up there? That vista would have been ideal for a defend-able settlement
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Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:19 pm

:yaya: saraf

Not aware of any archaelogical digs in that area saraf but can see why the Nkumbe clan would choose that site for a settlement.

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Re: Place names in Kruger - origin and meaning

Unread post by saraf » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:26 pm

:k Duke

If it was in the UK I would have been searching for Iron Age hill fort remains. And there are precedents in SA - Thulamela and Mapungubwe to name but two.

I wonder what's there...
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