Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
30 Sep 2019
6:30 am

Rastafarian village in Waterval no longer a pipe dream

Sipho Mabena

The community has been stigmatised and their dignity trampled on just because they smoke marijuana.

The Rastafarian community has a meeting in Waterval, Mpumalanga. Picture: Jacques Nelles

With thick marijuana smoke billowing from their pipes and noses, and reggae music thumping from large speakers, Rastafarians danced last Saturday night away in Waterval, Mpumalanga. With their secluded settlement included in the plan for the Ndebele cultural village currently in the pipeline, the Rastafarians, some coming as far as Cape Town and Jamaica, had everything to celebrate. For more than three decades, the community of Rastafarians have occupied the piece of land on the banks of the Elands River, sustained by fish, abundant fruit trees, vegetables as well as income generated through their artworks, clothes, bags, shoes and various...