- South Africa is home to a plethora of rich cultural answers to medical issues
- The Isinuka Spring in the Eastern Cape draws citizens from across the country
- The water is believed to bring luck and even heal by those who visit it
By Yvonne Silaule- Freelance journalist
Everyone is hoping for some luck in their personal lives and if there is a miracle stream water or spring water that can shed bad luck, only a few would turn down such an opportunity.
The latest hype has been on the Isinuka Spring waters located in the Pondoland of South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The fascination is the pink colour of the spring waters that assisted in convincing many people across provinces to visit the secluded place.
The story of the Isinuka spring waters is in another form a way of connecting with one’s ancestors and revitalizing one’s soul for the sake of health and wealth.
One born and bred Eastern Cape tour guide and founder of Imonti Tours, Velile Ndlumbini has been taking many of his clients to the Isinuka.
He says that people come to Isinuka because they believe that they will be healed as they use the water to drink with the mentality that it will heal them inside, while some inside the 3-metre pool to wash off their so-called bad luck and to also ask for what they need in life, as they believe that the Isinuka is a healing place for them.
Located near the Isinuka Spring waters is a place called the Vics whole where people also visit to inhale the scent that is believed to heal sinuses, throat and other respiratory ailments
Many of those who have used the Vics and the water have attested to an excellent outcome, including that of the black and the white Isinuka mud that is used to remove pimples and detoxify their faces.
Velile has also testified to the Isinuka mud, saying that he has been using it traditionally and has experienced the moisture of it, adding that many of those who work in public spaces also love to use the mud as a sunscreen.
The Isinuka has been named in the part itinerary of the Eastern Cape travel and Tourism as the tradition of visiting the place had been popularized by the residing Xhosa speaking people
According to Velile it is not that well known with tourists but people from across provinces either from church and many superstitious people as well as sangomas looking for the healing properties for their patients while the tourists who have discovered the Isinuka have used the treasures just for souvenir purposes.
Amanda Weerdenburg of Port St Johns Tourism forum confirms that the Isinuka Sulphuric Springs and Mud caves is a culturally historical sacred site with the white clay and sulphuric water is abundant and important to the health of many people.
She says that the community sells the items as part of their income and welcomes visitors with guides and assistance in collecting the water and mud.
"Tour guides that show visitors around the site and allow the community to guide and sell their products. The tourism forum several times a year assists the community in cleanups."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that @Iam_ChisomLucky shared a cute post to Twitter after celebrating his grandfather's 113th birthday.
The young man's grandfather looks nowhere near his milestone age as he poses for pictures. @Iam_ChisomLucky shared the post on 3 January and peeps blew it up, giving him over 54 000 likes on the social networking site.
The tweet also gained over 5 500 retweets, over 550 quote tweets and over 700 replies. Peeps could not get over how young his grandfather looks and asked for his secret. Others took the opportunity to wish an elder a blessed and happy birthday.
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