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A Southern Ndebele girl wearing a beaded neck ring. The photograph was taken in the vicinity of 7th Street (in a southerly direction 7th Street became Cowie Street) close to the intersection with Bloed Street. The domestic workers in the Asiatic Bazaar and the Cape Location homes were traditionally women and girls from the 'Mapogga' or Southern Ndebele community. The Southern Ndebele were the inhabitants of the area when Marabastad was first established and there still are shops in Marabastad that supply beads, copper bands and other materials to women who make their traditional accoutrements.



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