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AmaHippies nama-Eco-Villages

To all the excellent friends and family i know well and count myself part of, who wish to live off-grid, to be closer to nature, to find that idyllic peace of land and cultivate an alternative and conscious way of living, where people and planet come before or at least equal to profit.

To creating a place for adequately raising and educating our children in joy and health in these unsettling times of uncertainty, corruption, overwhelm and despair, I dedicate these outrageous thoughts, philosophies and experimentations in social visioning. ????

I offer this with love and appreciation for the intentions, and good-hearted ness of all contributions so far in this movement, over generations.  But I must simply speak directly and with clarity for due and urgent consideration, given the nature of these times.

Are we all on the complete wrong track, an old model tried many times by many different very conscious people of privilege, over the last years?

With regards to off-grid eco-villages, what if the solution is not to separate further and to isolate ourselves, but to pro-actively engage communities from the majority peoples of this land? 

What if there is a solution to creating alternative community that takes this below video as a part of the spectrum of possible ways forward? It is by no means the solution itself but perhaps it hints at what is possible if there was a will.

Perhaps a next step lies in something inbetween this and what so many groups keep discussing?

As the curator of this experience of language learning, cultural reconciliation and conscious, sensitive rural development (YhoXhosa – (yoga and Xhosa learning) – as we call it, although it is a newer model of the old UBuntu Bridge Village Experiences I used to run in the late 2000’s), I am the first to point out the many problems, shortcomings, restrictions, challenges and outright impractical idealism of the grander idea (some kind of collective re-ruralising), and its practical manifestation the last two years (Dec 2019 and 2020, the third being this December 2021).

But is there something to this that addresses the longer term issues of cultural and social disharmony that awaits our children, even if our generation manages to navigate and accept this period of comfortably distanced quasi-compassion or convenient resignation to the indisputable stats of inequality and unemployment that are so wonderfully easy to blame on a government corrupted by the very economic system that created this situation and indeed built the foundations of our privileges (and resultant sufferings)?

Philosophical debates and personal opinions aside, our children will be dealing with what we ignore or spend energy only debating.

Is collecting and spending many millions of rand on land, and thus investing in the exact same system of ownership in a colonised country, social divisions (except for convenient labour) and inequality really an awakened or wise solution?  

I don’t even care about ‘ethics’ or ‘morality’, what about the ‘practicalities’ beyond the next decade?  How long can little hippie bubbles last?  For us fine, maybe, but for our kids…? 

Could we not take a collective pooling of resources and invest in a way of living in harmony with indigenous people’s that does not require private (even if “communal”) ownership, in the garden route?
Can we not forge new relationships and ways of being in this land and on this planet and co-create an extraordinary solution that really paves the way?
My lord, what would it even look like?  How would we avoid the pitfalls of cultural arrogance and unconscious beliefs in blanket superiority (i.e. racism)?  Which communities or people would be open or willing to experiment?  How can we trust peoples we approach? How do we build trust and how long will it take? How do we avoid the contrivances and discomforts? How do we guarantee safety and security, (as if anything can actually do that)? How would we manage all the ego’s involved, all the soft, self-centred, set-in-their-comfortable-way souls, like me?  

Eish, I think I have convinced myself not to get involved or dare to believe in such audacious and irresponsible thinking, but I still I wish to contribute this one ingredient and potentiality to the cosmic pots being here brewed and visioned by this community of awakening shamans and light beings.

Let us dream big, aim high, fail grandly and die at peace with our hearts. Indeed, if ever there was a time to do so.

Or keep clinging and running.

Blessings, OneLove and Camagu

Craig Makhosi
Errant Social Entrepreneur, ridiculously funny and effective teacher, mediocre leader and amateur drama-queen.



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How you(r children) learn Xhosa?

Many people ask me for advice on how their children can learn Xhosa and can I teach them or provide materials.  

I know many people, and Im talking about non-Xhosa people, who have learnt Xhosa as their first language when children or did it for AGES at school, but now can’t speak much at all.

 Languages are complex codes that take a lot of our brain computer’s RAM, but our brain’s are wired to learn them, and CAN learn them easily….

We just need the right factors in place.


So what can help your kids learn and retain?


Of course exposure to the language when young is important.  Any people, songs, movies, theatre they can watch when young will introduce their young brains to this other code and plant a seed of awareness at least, and hopefully of importance as they become aware how many people they share land with speak that language.


Children and adults alike will learn languages quickly, as mentioned, when they need to, when it is a priority.  The time languages are consistently a priority is when one is immersed in that language.  In our country of such diversity, it means spending a lot of time at a language-specific school, or in a township or rural village community.  Either studying in such a school, or volunteering or getting involved in community projects and businesses.  There is so much to learn in such spaces and the language and people skills developed become indispensable for the rest of one’s life. 

IMAGINE if instead of ‘national service’, our children spent either an exchange year in an “other” community, or a gap year volunteering or working in a community, immersed in another language to one they know.  We need this as a national project, and we needed it from 1994, or else 2022.


What children need are role-models.

I tried as QAWO (Quite a White Ou) and will continue to try further making videos, performing, talking at schools, as I have done these last 15 years, plus other ideas long dreamed and not yet hatched.

But the number 1 role model for children is their Parents and Teachers!  They will follow our examples, and learn from what we prioritise, in most things.  

So when adults ask me how they can get their children learning Xhosa or any vernac, I say to them:  Expose them to the language, immerse them in it, and most importantly, be a part of the process, expose and immerse yourself, learn and speak yourself, and demonstrate to them that you walk your talk, and that you have valid reasons for valuing this language.

So parents/teachers/adults, we can inspire our children to do the nation building and reconciliation work our nation needs by leading by example.  

Learning language in South Africa is part of the parcel of reconciliation, of combatting racism / prejudice / divisions and it is crucial for developing long lasting unity and prosperity. 

If we want to go far, then we must go together.  At UBuntu Bridge, we are striving to create a movement, a community of learners.

As founder and lead learner, I pledge to keep learning, teaching, creating, and doing what I can to inspire and motivate, and to make content accessible.

Yizani nifunde nathi! – Come learn with us!

Masifunde kunye! – Let’s learn together

Craig Makhosi – eKapa, on mission from 2003 – 2021

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Bulungula Radio Project

After our trip in Hogsback at Terra-Khaya from the Festival of Trees, the UBuntu Bridge team drove towards the coast, heading to the Eastern Cape village of Bulungula/ Nqileni. Our purpose was to assist and support a local NPO, the Bulungula Incubator on their two newest exciting projects.

  1. Lazola Solani to assist in training and content production for their ‘Vibrant Villages’ Bulungula Radio Project.
  2. Opening of the Bulungula Collage in Xhora Mouth, with a Quite a White Ou performance

1.  Bulungula Radio Project

DJ MZU in Action:

The Bulungula Radio Project their newest project in this ‘Vibrant Villages’ programme area. Mzuzile has turned out to be a natural DJ talent! He has been creating much excitement with his great music content and lively radio presence. they can broadcast to all of the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area from the daily weather reports, theme music slots, and interviews are very popular. Mzu has been developing content from all the BI programme areas and will have regular weekly slots with discussion topics like: “The Importance of Early Childhood Care and Education”, “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher”, “Towards Zero-stunting”, “Excellent Small-scale Farming”, “Developing our Sports Leagues for young men and women”, “Developing a Healthy Lifestyle”, “Health in Pregnancy”.


We helped Mzu shape this programme and produce the show. Mzu also had the opportunity to interview Quite A White Ou in preparation for the big opening day of the Bulungula Collage the following day.

LISTEN to a clip from DJ Mzu’s Interview with QAWO (in isiXhosa).

Here is a video of their interview in the dark, after the lights failed, and dark storm broke out:

We are now working with BLG Radio and DJ Mzu to help raise funds for station development, and one of our first projects will be to create jingles and content for the station.

Lazola Solani, with her extensive community Radio experience and working with youth will be spear-heading the project with Bulungula Radio.


2.  Bulungula College 

Please see more information on the opening of the Bulungula College.  A dream and a magical day for the Bulungula village, after many years of having a high school that is more than a 2 hour walk which led to kids dropping out or never making it to high school. It was a rainy day and the ceremony was truly blessed.  Long live the new Bulungula College, Long live!

Opening ceremony for Bulungula Collage in Xhora Mouth,Bulungula


Quite A White Ou performed a song  ‘Ndingumlungu’ people loved it!!

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Quite A White Ou sings and dances for the people


The Bulungula Incubator is a non-profit organization established in 2007 although our work in the area began in 2004 with the establishment of the eco-sustainable and award winning community owned, Bulungula Lodge (  They are located in a remote rural area known as the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area which is based in the Mbhashe municipality on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. The Mbhashe municipality is one of the poorest and most beautiful in the country.  More info here:

Celebrations and TeamWork!

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The Critical role of language and relationships in growing green economies.

UBuntu Bridge is proud of Craig Charnock to have been one of the 10 impact speakers at the 110% Green annual event#GrowingGreenEconomies. He spoke on ‘The critical role of language and relationships in growing green economies’.

“Alot of people are looking at the symptoms rather than dealing with the roots of the problem” – Human Relationships

Enkosi Makhosi


The video is coming soon !!!!


Green Eco


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Kasi Bioscope – Mobile Township Cinema Project

UBuntu Bridge will be launching a new project in May 2016.

Kasi Bioscope.

Basically setting up of pop-up events that collaborate with township communities and centralise around a mobile cinema.  Local food and drinks will be on sale, as well as other community enterprises.

Its also an opportunity for people to practice their isiXhosa language skills with tutors present to assist.

Films screened will be documentaries such as:

– Music is the weapon (Fela Kuti)
– An upright Man (Thomas Sankara)
– Fantastic Man (William Onyeabor)
– Baraka
– Beyond the Rainbow
– Shore Break
– Miners Shot Down
– etc

As well as more popular films that have strong social themes.

First event weekend of Fri 20th May 2016.  Details soon come!

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UBuntu Bridge South African Schools Vernacular Proposal 2016 and Beyond

 Proposal cover


Over the last 10 years UBuntu Bridge has been developing a vision around the issue of language diversity and continued cultural and economic segregation in South Africa.  We believe it addresses multiple issues in our society, and provides viable suggestions for solving them.

It has been based on  personal experience and journey of learning isiXhosa and other indigenous languages of South Africa as an adult, within cultural contexts of welcoming, supportive and enthusiastic communities, from eKasi (townships) to ezilalini (rural villages), from the Eastern Cape to Limpopo, and in between.

Camagu Makhosi!


UBuntu Bridge School Vernac Proposal




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isiZulu Holiday Phrases with Audio Download

These phrases and audio downloads accompany our most recent newsletter.  View a copy of it online here:

isiXhosa Version here:

LISTEN to pronunciations below:

DOWNLOAD the Audio here:  IsiZulu Xmas Phrases

Have a merry Christmas – Ube noKhisimusi omuhle

And a happy new year –  Niwudle kahle (Izilokotho zonyaka omusha)

Where are you going for the holidays? – Uyakuphi ngamaholide?

Me, I am going to …. – Mina ngiya e…..

When will you go? – Uzohamba nini?

I will go on… – Ngizohamba ngo…

When will you return – Uzobuya nini?

I will return on ….. – Ngizobuya ngo ……

Safe travels – Ndlelanhle!


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