Not many of us can claim to have met two heads of state and been a guest at the Oscars, let alone someone brought up in rural KwaZulu-Natal, who at one point thought he might be losing his mind (during his journey as a healer), but that’s the incredible tale of Dr Elliot Ndlovu! Working as both an inyanga and a sangoma out of Fordoun’s Spa in the Drakensberg, Dr Ndlovu splits his time between his home in Tendele, in the Kamberg valley, and the spa where he looks after his indigenous garden, with more than 100 different species of medicinal plants, and operates his business, Kwa-Malulekoes Indigenous Herb Garden and Cultural Centre. In addition to consulting with clients on a one-on-one basis, using the guidance of ancestors, Dr Ndlovu also runs village tours and operates Zulu epicurean events where people get to taste locally flavoured foods.
Dr Ndlovu has been the subject of an eTV documentary, and in 2011 Penguin published the book, A Sangoma’s Story: The Calling of Elliot Ndlovu, which describes the two worlds Ndlovu finds himself in and his philosophy on living the best life possible!
Sangoma’s Story: The Calling of Elliot Ndlovu is available for sale at Exclusive Books, and online via www.takealot.com and www.readerswarehouse.co.za
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