Guga sithebe kade wacholela.

Ulutho lunye ngalunye lulesikhathi lapha ulusebenza khona. Singedlula leso sikhathi uyaphela umsebenzi. Kunjalo lebantwini, kuyafika isikhathi la abangenilisi khona ukwenza imisebenzi ethize ngenxa yokuluphala.

English Literal Equivalent: Worn out grinding mat, you have been used for grinding for a long time.

English Meaning: You have had your day, and you my rest while you give way to the younger people.

Context: When grinding corn to make mealie meal, a specially made mat is used as a receptacle of the mealie meal as it comes from the grinding stones. With time this “grinding mat” wears out and becomes unfit for this purpose. As such a new mat has to be found. The proverbs derive from this and is rooted on the phenomenon that everything including human beings have a useful life.

Application: The proverb obviously applies to older people and is used either where the person is being appreciated for the good work he may have done during his service at a certain post or community. It can also be used to encourage people to allow younger people to do certain things that require more stamina.

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