Herbalists mark 10 years of trade

The herbs Fire and Joseph sell.

Traditional herbalists who go by the names Fire and Joseph have been a feature of Mowbray for 10 years.

Fire, 31, and Joseph, 28, are both from Hout Bay and sell herbs they gather on the mountains to the public.

“We chose Mowbray as our spot to sell natural health foods as there are not many Rastafarians in the area that sell these items,” says Fire.

The two Rastafarians sold the herbs in front of the old Shoprite in Main Road before it was demolished, and now they can be found on the side of

Rhodes Avenue, selling African potato, mountain garlic, buchu, sage, lavender and others plants with various medicinal properties.

“Our forefathers used these natural health remedies and it is part of our heritage,” Joseph says.

Fire, who has two sons aged 7 and 15 months, says he and Joseph work from Monday to Saturday, and on Sundays they pray on the mountains.