Skills for extracting Baleni salt handed down from mother to daughter

Have you tried the Baleni salt?

Well, coaxing salt from mud is a tradition and skill set that’s been handed from mother to daughter for generations among a handful women living near the Baleni hot springs in Limpopo.

The tradition has been going for between 1700 to 2000 years.

It's a women-only thing mostly older women. However, at some point their daughter also get interested so they are inducted into the trade.

Prof Edwin Muchapondwa, Professor at School of Economics at the University of Cape Town

At the moment it's about 30 women who are harvesting this salt.

Prof Edwin Muchapondwa, Professor at School of Economics at the University of Cape Town

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This article first appeared on 702 : Skills for extracting Baleni salt handed down from mother to daughter


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