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  • Castle Milk Stout will add 18 South African clan names to their cans.
  • The beer started to carry clan names in May, to promote "African roots".
  • New data from Statistics SA has shed light on the most common clans in South Africa.

Castle Milk Stout will be adding 18 more clan names, and their praises, on their cans.

"More and more young South Africans are increasingly losing sight of their roots and their heritage. So the campaign is geared at encouraging South Africans to get back to their roots and embrace being African in any way possible," said Sifiso Pule, a manager at the beer brand. "Having their clan praises on the cans, is one of the many ways in which Africans can celebrate their [cultural] riches."

Clan names, which are different from surnames, are connectors of a people within the same tribe despite their differing surnames. The praise pays homage to one's family line and explains one's connection to the clan name.

The milk stout cans first start carrying clan names in May. The first six clan praises on the current Milk Stout cans were derived from the six prominent cultural activists behind the campaign, poet Lebo Mashile, actor Pallance Dladla, musician Stoan Seate, praise singer Zolani Mkiva, traditional healer Gogo Mayo and radio and tv personality Ntombee Ngcobo Mzolo.

Castle is now looking to add a further 18 clan names to publish on new cans.

Here's how you can you promote your clan name:


Go to the Clanopedia website, which you must be above the age of 18 to access.

Once it has been verified that you are of age, you will be prompted to search for your clan name and praise.

If your's has not been registered, you will be prompted onto a page where you can add it.

If you can't find it, add your clan name to the data base. Castle will choose 18 clans and their praises to print on cans.

New data on baby surnames in South Africa revealed interesting information on clan names. 

Statistics South Africa reported that all of the top ten most common baby surnames were generally the Nguni clans - with the exception of Mokoena which ranked sixth.

Statistics SA

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