My Name is Khonaye Tuswa. I was born in the rural Eastern
Cape and like any other young rural Xhosa boy, I did all the chores assigned to
me. These included herding the cattle and sheep, working in the cornfields,
using the animal drown wagons and milking cows by hand. Yup, I did it all and I
am proud of it too.
I attended a primary school in the area before leaving for Johannesburg to stay
with an aunt who at the time did not have any children and therefore needed a
little one in the house to send now and then to the shop, to go and buy bread,
milk and that sort of thing.
I now went to a primary school in Soweto where Zulu was the first language. It
was pretty tough as my home language is Xhosa. Then in the late 1980’s due to
riots and clashes between different political parties my aunt felt it was not
safe anymore to stay in Soweto so we moved to Hillbrow in downtown Jo’burg. We
stayed there for a year or so and I was now attending the Open School, taking
English as my first language.
We stayed in Hillbrow for approximately a year before moving to a site she had
bought in Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria. We stayed here for a year
before I decided I wanted to move to the seaside city of Cape Town, to be with
my half brother and another aunt who had just returned from exile in the USA.
I now attended an English medium school in Milnerton area on the “West Coast”.
We were very few black kids, no more than five in my class, but it was fun. I
had friends who wanted to visit me in the Cape Flats, but I guess their parents
would not let them and I could not visit them either as I had a long distance to
cover. I had a monthly train ticket that I could not waste.
Then, after two years or so, me and my brother left for boarding school in
Kokstad for two years and then eventually reunited with our father again when he
was transferred to East London. He wanted us to come and live with him. I
graduated from school high school in East London and then enrolled at East
London College for a Tourism Diploma, inspired by my Aunt in Cape Town.
She was the first black female to start a tour operating business in Cape Town.
During my school holidays I would visit her and acquire practical skill and
exposure in the travel industry. When I completed my Tourism Diploma I moved
back to the Cape to be with her and assist her whilst I looked for employment.
At first I could not find a regular job. I got involved with Tsoga Environmental
Resource Centre in Langa, working on voluntarily basis doing site guiding.
I fell in love with tour guiding really and decided to go back to school and
complete a tour guiding course, Today I am self employed my niche is Township
Tourism were I empower and support individuals, schools and families that add
value to the services I render I wanted to give back and help were I can and
that is exactly what I am passionate about. A tour with me of the Townships is
perhaps the most profound human experience you will have in your entire visit to
our beautiful country .Come and join me as I uncover a whole new world and
environment for you