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The next few years will see the 200th anniversary of several key events in our country’s past. The murder of Dingiswayo by Zwide ka Langa, the rapid response of Shaka, supported by Mzilikazi ka Mashobane’s Khumalo, in leading the Mthethwa army against the AmaNdwandwe lead by Zwide in alliance with Soshangaan ka Nxumalo and Zwangendaba ka Jele at the Batlle of Mhlathuze River.

The flight of the amaNdwandwe from present-day Northern Kwa Zulu Natal to Northern Swaziland and Eastern Mpumalanga. The founding of the amaShangana or Gaza kingdom and the Ngoni under Zwangendaba. In the absence of the amaNdwandwe Shaka consolidated his rule over other abaNguni clans of the time to create the amaZulu we know today.

Soon after this Mzilikazi and Shaka had a fallout which led to the former’s departure from Kwa Zulu Natal to present day Ermelo, then to Middleburg, from where he led several attacks on the Bapedi at Burgersfort and on to the vicinity of Pretoria from where he ruled most of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and the North West, before being defeated by the arriving settlers and driven into Botswana and then on to Zimbabwe.

Clashes between various abaNguni clans such as the amaNdwandwe, Matiwane’s amaNgwane and amaHlubi of Mpangazitha which led, in turn, to clashes with the Bathlokwa and Basotho also happened two centuries ago and played an important role in fashioning the country we know today.

These stories are either currently available in the Our Story or are in preparation for publication in late 2019 and early 2020.