1 Rand is the currency used in South Africa. R10,000 is approximately $1,200 USD as of March 2013 but may vary due to currency fluctuations.
2 Kraal is an Afrikaans word referring to an enclosure for cattle and other livestock.
3 iSazimzi is a bottle of brandy that symbolically represents how the man’s representatives located the home of the woman.
4 In Xhosa culture, many relative terms do not necessarily signify a biological relationship. For example, one would call any older person “mother” or “father.” In this situation, there is usually a biological relationship, but it is not necessarily a father-son relationship; the representatives could be the uncles of the groom-to-be.
5 There is no particular reason why the sheep is called a chicken. Calling the sheep a chicken is just part of the idiomatic nature of the lobola negotiation process.