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The Executive Members

Dr. Lydia Nyati-Ramahobo, Coordinator

Mr. Kelebogile Shomanah, Chairman

Mr. Simon T. Meti, Vice Chairperson

Ms. Ruth Kauthemwa  Secretary

Ms. Flora Mmolao – Vice Secretary

Mrs. Gaba Nkape, Treasurer

Mr. Otukile Supang, Member

Mr. Matlhale Ncaangu – Member

Our Objectives

1. To develop and maintain the Shiyeyi language and culture;

2. To carry out and disseminate research on Shiyeyi language, culture, traditions, customs, life-styles, norms, beliefs and other related issues;

3. To cultivate an appreciation of and knowledge about the Shiyeyi culture;

4. To promote the storage, retrieval, dissemination and development of Shiyeyi literary and cultural materials;

5. To collaborate with other bodies interested in the promotion and maintenance of language and culture;

Kamanakao long-term vision

In order to achieve our objectives Kamanakao Association wishes to accomplish the following:-

1.LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: this includes development of

  • a writing system (orthography)
  • grammatical descriptions (grammar books)
  • a dictionary


  • writing story booklets for children
  • writing primers/pamphlets on important messages for adult literacy
  • translating hymns and portions of the Bible
  • conducting literacy classes for adults and children


  • developing a Cultural Centre in which most of our Literacy Development activities (item 2 above) will take place
  • training in cultural skills (e.g. canoeing) and performances (e.g. dances)
  • conducting research on Shiyeyi language and culture


  • Bible translation
  • cultural studies
  • literacy material development

Currently, the Association is working on:

  • developing the orthography to facilitate the production of literacy materials;
  • collecting oral stories, songs, poems and so on, which are useful to provide the rich language its context and facilitate the development of the orthography and of reading materials;
  • translation of hymns and gospels, and eventually the Bible;

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