Khanyakhaya Introduction


Khanyakhaya is a loose transliteration of "lighthouse"; and the organization's main objectives are to assist communities in the rural Wild Coast with integrating technology and first world education standards with respect to preservation of their own culture, and to establish a Montessori Pre-School and a Volunteer Mentor-Ring network to assist with computer orientation.

The Montessori school will provide:


iCebo Early Childhood Development Centre - Mngcibe - Mdumbi River - Wild Coast

iCebo  is an organization that is working towards the upliftment of one of the poorest communities in South Africa.

Our organisation was established during April 2012 and registered as a Non-Profit Organisation on 4 December 2012. We aim to develop a model pre-school, community library, after-care centre and various other community based projects to assist in the general wellbeing and upliftment of the local community.

Our preschool opened its doors on 1 August 2013.  At present we are based in a small mud, "borrowed" from a comunity member.  This means we only have one small “classroom” for 30 odd preschoolers and we are expecting enrolements for 40-50 children for 2013.  At present we are renovating and repairing our very own school buildings and hope to be ready by the start of the first term 2014.

iCebo Early Childhood Development Centre is based in the isolated, rural and under developed coastal village of Mngcibe, Wild Coast (former Transkei), Eastern Cape which falls under the Nyandeni District. The impoverished local community has no access to basic services as the municipal infrastructure in the area is just about non-existent. There is no electricity, no proper sanitation facilities and municipal water supply (which was only implemented in 2012) is seldom in operation and rarely safe for human consumption. The nearest clinic is a 2-3 hour walk away and the closest hospital is 40km away and only accessible by 4x4.

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Volunteer on the Wild Coast

We are appealing to enthusiastic volunteers to assist rural schools and promote literacy, computer skills, extramural activities, arts and sports development.

Experience the magic of Africa and play a vital role in education and bridging the digital divide, while exploring and integrating with the ancient local customs and culture of the Xhosa people.


Xhosa Words & Phrasebook

Xhosa Phrasebook

You can download this handy printable 9-page Xhosa phrasebook here:

The booklet contains the following hints on pronunciation, commonly used phrases, and useful English to Xhosa word translations:

Also see the NEW: Xhosa Live Dictionary  Best online Xhosa - English dictionary. Translates individual words from/to English or Xhosa.

Pronunciation guide




like a in hard


like e in red


like ee in seen


like a in all


like oo in moon


d, f, h, j, l, m, n

Pronounced as in English

s, sh, v, w, y, z

Pronounced as in English


Similar in sound to hl (see below)


always like g in go


Place your tongue to the side of your mouth and expel the air (like Welsh ll sound)


A hissing sound made by placing your tongue just above your teeth and ejecting air.


similar to dge in judge


similar to dge in judge


pronounced like "ch" in Reich

Common diphthongs



Place your tongue at the back of the teeth and suck in, like when expressing annoyance.


Place your tongue on the roof of the mouth and suck in, like imitating a clock's ticking.


Place your tongue on your upper right jaw and pull it down, as if urging on a horse.


Natural building and permaculture workshops ,Port St John's

EARTHWORX is very excited to be kicking off the new year working in conjunction with Wild Coast Kitchen and country Lodge just outside of Port St John's . We will gradually be building on a model sustainable village on the farm overlooking the mighty Umzimvubu river. The idea is to involve as many people as we can in the workshops to promote permaculture and sustainablity.
We are hosting our first 5day workshop for the new year starting on the 7th of January. Space is limited. Book early or contact us for schedules for further workshops throughout the year.

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Xhosa Dictionaries and Resources


NEW: Xhosa Live Dictionary  Best online Xhosa - English dictionary. Translates individual words from/to English or Xhosa.

Xhosa Translator For translating whole sentences. Doesn't work well with individual words.

English/Xhosa/English Dictionary Large database and easy to use search engine. No grammatical explanations, and some entries are inaccurate. Better suited for Xhosa speakers learning English, as many entries contain one English word with long Xhosa descriptions.

Webster's Online Dictionary A list of Xhosa words (and some random phrases) that have been translated from English. Not very extensive. And these resources:


iKhamanga Cultural Village

Contact: Mandisa
Cell: 084 5925498

iKhamanga cultural village is run by the local Xhosa community of Qolora Mouth. Guests sleep in several large communal rondavels (traditional mud and thatch houses) that can accommodate up to 40 people. Smaller rondavels are available for teachers or group leaders. All meals are provided by the local community who cook traditional food in large cast iron potjie pots. Visitors can learn all about Xhosa culture and join in with the locals in song and dance. A visit from a trained herbalist in full traditional dress can also be arranged. iKhamanga is ideal for school groups and large hiking parties.

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How to create a web page on


Step 1: Create your page by clicking on "Web Page" below the "Create Content" menu.

Step 2: Add a relevant subject/title for your page (E.g. your business name).

Step 3: Select your town or area from the drop down menu (E.g. Port St Johns). This step ensures that your page will appear on top of the relevant page. It's last come first served, so newest additions will always appear at the top of the page.

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Step 5: Optionally enter additional (comma separated keyword tags. (E.g. surf, horse riding, adventure).


Volunteer Africa 32˚ South

Really making a difference!

Come and enjoy some time on the Wild Coast and help our kids with computer literacy, eco-schools (environment) projects, sport and other extra-curricular activities.

The program addresses the needs of two increasingly important developmental areas of the Eastern Cape in South Africa: Education and the Environment.

The focal area of VA32° south is the Transkei Wild Coast.

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"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence- it is a force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

"Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it."

~George Washington

XO at Software Freedom Day 15 September 2007

Government eyes out One Laptop per Child

By Alastair Otter

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project got a lot of attention from important government members at the Software Freedom Day celebrations on Saturday.

In this picture we have (left to right) Aslam Rafee, CIO of the SA department of science and technology, Maria Farelo, policy, strategy and regulations office of the government CIO of the department of public service and adminsitration, Karl Fischer, also of DST and the chief Software Freedom Day cheerleader, and Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology.


Comic Content

This is the start of a plan to collate and 'digitalize' comic content for the OLPC XOs and for the primary education sector in general.

A lot of NGOs have created comics on everything from Aids Awareness to alternative technologies.

I would like to get information about NGOs and organisations which have comics which can be licensed under Creative Commons . . . and solicit contributions of any comic material available... Perhaps there's already something like this underway somewhere?

From here this project will move to the wiki on


One Laptop Per Child

Countries that have committed to OLPC so far:

Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Tunisia, United States of America (specifically the states of Massachusetts and Maine), Uruguay

Paul Kagame, Rwanda's president, said the initiative would strengthen the quality of already existing free and compulsory primary education, by adopting new tools for learning and engaging children more directly, both inside and outside of school.



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Quote of the day!

Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.
~ Henrik Tikkanen


Will E-Learning Make Teachers Redundant?

Does electronic learning (eLearning) threaten to displace the teacher? This question emerged at an international conference held in Nairobi last week, attended by 1,400 people from 88 countries. The latest in information communication technology (ICT) with a focus on education, training and development was showcased.

eLearning makes use of computers, radio or television in addition to books and classes. It ranges from single users to group learning in class. Students are able to talk on-line and exchange ideas. It is participatory and allows the sharing of learning material between networked users.


Wikid pedia

- A version of Wikipedia aimed at school children has been launched with the content limited to articles suitable for children. Accessible online and as a download, the encyclopedia will soon be found in all tuXlab schools in South Africa. (Source: Balancing Act)


XO competition

- Intel is to team up with Asustek Computer Inc to produce a cheap computer for developing countries that might sell for as little as $200 but going up to $4-500. One Laptop Per Child has moved its launch date back to July this year. It may well have a flash memory hard drive, a 7-10 inch screen and wireless Internet. It will either run a freely available Linux operating system or Windows XP. (Source: Balancing Act)