Mpepho and Lime Market

There are 2 distinctive products sold within this market. Lime traders sell balls of white and red lime mined from iNdwedwe, north of the city. The lime is used for trainee and recently qualified izangoma. Other traders sell mpepho which is a traditional incense used to facilitate communication with ones ancestors. The impepho comes from either KwaZulu Natal or the Eastern Cape. 

There are another two products sold within this market, umcako (mineral lime) and ibomvu, both are mined from iNdwedwe. Umcako and ibomvu are both used by trainee and qualified izangomas by being applied to the skin. These products are also used as sunscreen, paint and for pottery. It has been said that umcako is often craved after by pregnant women.

More information

There are two different types of impepho, and each comes from a different region. The impepho with yellow flowers comes from KwaZulu Natal and is used by Zulu people. The other impepho is taken from the Eastern Cape and is used by Xhosa people.

Mpepho and Lime Market

Impepho and Lime Market


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