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2012 Congress: Mohale Dam

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View from the summit of Blue Mountain Pass looking down at Mohale Dam


Mohale Lodge – Hotel section and conference venue


Dramatic view of the dam from the conference venue


The hillside opposite Mohale Lodge, showing a school and terraced fields


A view of Mohale dam at sunrise


The room where the conference will be held


Map of Lesotho


Map of a portion of Lesotho showing the capital Maseru in the west, and Mohale dam in the mountains in the east


A rural village next to Mohale Lodge


Terraced fields and mountains in the vicinity of Mohale dam


At the summit of Blue Mountain Pass, the highest point in the journey from Maseru to Mohale Lodge


At the summit of God Help Me Pass, one of three spectacular mountain passes on the route between Maseru and Mohale Lodge.




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Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland

American Name Society

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Onoma: Journal of the International Council of Onomastic Science

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Tropical Toponymy Facebook group

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Terry Pratchett: A Literary Onomastician

Call for contributions: A pre-handbook on literary onomastics

Photo Gallery

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Since the 9th NSA Congress in Pietermaritzburg, Adrian Koopman has been making batik banners for NSA congress. This one, featuring the congress logo of a whale, was made for the 10th Congress in Hermanus in 1998.

Seen at the 13th NSA Congress in Maputo, Mozambiques, in 2004, are (from left to right) Themba Moyo, Linda Van Hussteen, Elwyn Jenkins and Langa Mathenjwa.

Seen at the 13th NSA Congress at Maputo in 2004 are: Front table, extreme right: Bertie Neethling; behind him and partially obscured is Dirk Meiring; to the right Babs Meiring, then Noleen Turner, then an unidentified delegate,  and then on the right Attie Coetser.

Delegates to the 13th NSA Congress in Mozambique relax on the upper deck of a cruiseboat at the Bilene Lagoon during the congress excursion.

Delegates to the 14th NSA Congress at Ithala Game Reserve in northern KZN in 2006. Most of them are wearing the congress T-shirt which shows the rhino logo used for the 14th congress.

Seen on the campus of York University in Toronto, Canada, during the 23rd Cogress of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS) in 2008 are (from left to right) Richard Coates of the United Kingdom, Nobuhle Hlongwa of the University of kwaZulu-Natal, Milan Harvalik of the Czech republic, and an unidentified delegate from the Czech republic.

Seen on the boat “Maid of the Mist” during an excursion to Niagara Falls during the 23rd ICOS Congress in Toronto in 2008, are Adrian Koopman and Nobuhle Hlongwa.

Seen during the Congress dinner during the 23rd ICOS Congress in Totonto in 2008 are (from left to right) Bertie Neethling of the University of the Western Cape and NSA Vice-president, his wife Vicky, Suzanne de Roche-Loeffler and Heirich Loeffler both of Switzerland and both long-time supporters of the Names Society.

The prawn logo used for the 13th Congress in Maputo shown on Adrian Koopman’s batik congress banner.

During a break in the program of the 16th NSA Congress at Club Mykonos at Langebaan in the Western Cape in 2010, Nobuhle Hlongwa and Peter Raper reached an agreement on a joint research project. Between them is Lucie Möller.

A tea-break during the 16th Congress at Club Mykonos in 2010. From left to right are: Dirk Meiring, Tessa Dowling, Babs Meiring, Adrian Koopman and Sonja Bosch.

Marja Kalska from northern Finland during her presentation at the 16th NSA Congress. In the background is the congress banner featuring the gannet logo of the congress.

Six South African delegates to the 24th ICOS Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, in September 2011. From left to right are: Nobuhle Hlongwa, Nakanjani Sibiya, Gugu Mazibuko, Boni Zungu, Adrian Koopman and Enoch Mabuza.

Professors Nobuhle Hlongwa (UKZN) and Kaisa Rautio Helander (Norway) join the dance troupe at the reception held to open the 15th NSA Congress in Durban in July 2010.

Bertie Neethling, Nhlanhla Mathonsi and Adrian Koopman with the 2014 Congress banner

The sun setting over the Zambezi River during the Congress Sunset Cruise

The Congress Organising Committe. From left: Sambulo Ndlovu, Wellington Masosa, Tendai Mangena (Chair), Oliver Nyambi, Michael Mazuru.

NSSA Exco old and new: Incoming and out going members of the NSSA Executive Committee. The incoming members: back row, from left: Sambulo Ndlovu, Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi, Livingstone Makondo, Nhlanhla Mathonsi, Diketso Dube, Tendai Mangena, Elias Mabuza, Nobuhle Hlongwa. Outgoing members: Bertie Neethling, Adrian Koopman (outgoing president, but stays on as editor of Nomina Africana), Noleen Turner.

A view of the Victoria Falls

A view of the Victoria Falls

The Green Room at the Cresta Sprayview Hotel, where the congress was held.

Noleen Turner (outgoing Editorial Secretary) and Bertie Neethling (outgoing Vice-President)

Nhlanhla Mathonsi (incoming NSSA President) and Adrian Koopman (outgoing NSSA President) at the start of the congress.

Latest news and forthcoming events


2015 International Symposium on Place Names: “Place names, diversity and heritage”
Date: 17-18 September 2015
Clarens, Free State province

Previous events


No less than eight members of the Names Society presented papers at the 24th Triennial Congress of ICOS, held in Barcelona in the first week of September 2011. These were Enoch Mabuza from UNISA, Linda van Huyssteen from the Tshwane Institute of technology, Bertie Neethling from the University of the Western Cape, and five delegates all from the School of isiZulu Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: Adrian Koopman and Boni Zungu from the Pietermaritzburg campus, and Nakanjani Sibiya, Gugu Mazibuko, and Nobuhle Hlongwa. Professor Neethling stayed on in Europe after the ICOS congress and was able to attend an onomastic conference at the University of Baia Mare in Romania at the end of September.

During the last week of September 2011 NSA founder member Dr Peter E Raper gave an inaugural address at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein to mark his recent appointment as a Professor Extraordinary at that university.  Among the “old stalwarts” of the NSA attending this occasion were Lucie Möller, Babs Meiring, Johan Lubbe and Adrian Koopman. On the next day, NSA member Professor Theo Du Plessis and colleagues from the UFS organized a full-day colloquium on topical naming issues in South Africa today, and Raper, Möller and Koopman were among the small group who presented papers at this colloquium. It is worth noting that Dr Lucie Möller has also been appointed a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, excellent news for onomastics in South Africa as it means that these two dedicated scholars of names – Raper and Möller – will continue to receive recognition and financial support for their contributions to onomastic research in South Africa.

- Challenges in synchronic toponymy: structure, context and use
International Conference on March 22 - 23, 2012 at the University
of Rennes 2, France.

- 5th Trends in Toponymy Conference
University of Berne (Switzerland)
July 9-13, 2012

- 17th International Congress of the Names Society of Southern Africa
October 2012 at Mohale Lodge, Lesotho

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