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Matimu, Tinxaka ta Vutsonga

The Valambya Discourse – Ngoveni, Mahlaule & Mapengo grouping

There have been confusion about Valambya due to similarity of the Ngoveni surname and Ngubani; as such, many of Ngoveni’s regard themselves as Nguni.

The Valambya grouping consists of;

  • Ngoveni
  • Mahlaule
  • And Mapengo

This grouping has a very close relationship with the Valoyi of Gwambe, they arrived together eVutsonga via Mbombhi territory. They defeated the Mbombhi with the help of Gwambe and settled close to the land of Valoyi, both these territories were captured from Vaxingwindzi. The Valambya settled in Ka Xibotani and surrounding areas.

Valambya were not as brave as the Valoyi and they later became subjects of Manukutsu (Soshangaane) when he arrived eVutsonga in the 1800s whilst the Valoyi resisted. The Valambya of House of Xiringani, Kombyani and Ximange crossed the Olifant (Balulu) river into the now Transvaal fearing for their lives after the battles of Xihaheni between va ka Valoyi and Soshangaani’s army. Some remained in the territory, especially the royal house of Xibotani and became headmen of Soshangaani. With the combination of some Nhlave clans, they were known as Mabuyandlela.

Mabuyandela or Mabulandlela were used by Soshangaani and his descendants as the first line of the army in battles against Tsonga groupings. Those who settled in what was known as Transvaal established a small Chieftaincy of Ximange in Sploken, but were accountable to King Njakanjaka as all the people of Sploken were at the time.

Valambya are very integral part of Vatsonga and are classified under the Vakalanga with the Valoyi grouping.

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