After seeing the competition requirements for a Zulu name and relevance to the area that it covers, the name and symbolism thereof, came very easy to me, having been blessed to stay in Amanzimtoti most of my life, as well as being involved in a lot of community events and projects – INKwazi – the Zulu name for the Fish Eagle was a definite.
The African Fish Eagle call, is known as the “Voice of Africa” and I am blessed enough to hear that call on a weekly basis by nature of where I stay overlooking Hutchison Park and the Amanzimtoti River.
I have regularly seen a pair of Fish Eagles fly and soar, and hear that haunting call up and down the Ilanda Wilds Valley. That powerful picture of the Fish Eagle in Flight is an awesome sight over the Amanzimtoti River and Hutchison Park.
When looking into the nature of the Fish Eagle and where it lives, and I quote from a piece of writing from the African Raptor Centre WEB Page:
“These eagles inhabit Africa’s larger waterways, estuaries, lakes and dams where they hunt fish from perches that overlook the water. Their presence in fact acts as a barometer, as to the quality of our water systems. Its distinctive cry is, for many, evocative of the spirit or essence of Africa. As apex species they can act as barometers as to the quality of our water systems and their presence in an area means that the lower levels of the eco-system are still intact and healthy. The adult is very distinctive in appearance with a mostly brown body and large, powerful, black wings. The head, breast, and tail of African Fish Eagles are snow white, with the exception of the featherless face, which is yellow. The eyes are dark brown in colour. The hook-shaped beak, ideal for a carnivorous lifestyle, is yellow with a black tip.”
So when you take all the details above regarding the Fish Eagle and the fact that we have two here in the area, that the project covers, it just felt very significant to me.
That they would only be here if the area’s Eco-system etc. is still intact. That and the fact that all the hard work of all the community and organizations put in, to ensure that we try and keep it at that level.
I am also very proud to be part of a very strong group of community members called the Amanzimtoti Sports Centre, whose Symbol is – INKwazi – The Powerful Fish Eagle.
It is represented across a whole range of sports codes, as their symbols too and we are all very proud when we see that Fish Eagle on display daily, across all walks of life, ages and sports codes, conservation and recreation events.
So Yep – The INKwazi Project – as a name and as a project, will definitely be well represented, to ensure that the fish eagles remain here and hereby know that we are doing the right thing.
The Symbol of the fish eagle can also be used with those enormous, strong claws holding nature (rivers, sea, trees, fish and animals in one claw and then us as earth and humans in the other) as marketing and advertising to show the need to work together, to keep this Beautiful Bird of Prey in the Air and on Land.