This is one of our ground tubers called //xukxam. You can only find it during winter. You can never find it in any other season. Most of the time you will locate the //xukxam tuber by the smell. When it is ready to be eaten it has got a very sweet and attracting smell that one can ever ignore and once you get the smell you will immediately start searching for it. It has a very tough outer layer when it’s not ready to be eaten and it becomes soft when it is ready. You can only find the //xukxam tuber in the Tsumkwe East area.
This is what the //xukxam tuber looks inside. It is kind of orange-red and white in colour. When it is like this, it is ready to be eaten.
My name is Nǂaisa Ghauz from Namibia. I live in a small village called Tsumkwe in the North-Eastern parts of Namibia, Iam a San lady, iam from a San group called Ju,/’hoansi. I work as a Administrative officer and as an Assistant Librarian at the Tsumkwe Community Library. I am 26 years of age, I have five siblings of which I am the first born and being the first born have taught me one thing which is to be responsible and to be a role model to my siblings and not only to my siblings, but to the society within my community at large because I am one those few people that has completed school in my community. In the future iam welling to be more productive educational and economic wise in order to motivate my fellow San people especially the youth because we can not be marginalized forever. I am one of the satellite pioneers representing Tsumkwe once again thank you ǃkwattu for that opportunity.