Anti-Racism Week (3/15/2018) - Yesterday marked the start of Anti-Racism Week in South Africa, which will culminate on the 21st March with Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. While the issue of racism has never really left us, it would seem that rather than the situation improving discussions around race and problems of Continue Reading
Bronze statue of Charlotte Maxeke, The Long March to Freedom National Heritage Monument, Pretoria Charlotte Mannya Maxeke (1871-1939) (3/8/2018) - While apartheid is viewed as officially beginning in the year 1948 with the National Party coming into power, the idea of racial segregation had long been practiced in South Africa prior to this date. Apartheid simply formalised 'separateness' through a long list of laws, that were constantly being added to and amended. As a former British Continue Reading
Steve Biko lighting up with Rick Turner (right), Dave Turnbull (centre) and volunteers who were helping restore the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Phoenix, Durban, 1971 Remembering Rick Turner (2/28/2018) - Anyone who has spent time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be familiar with the name Rick Turner. There's the Rick Turner Students' Union Building, the Rick Turner Scholarship, and part of the university campus lies on Rick Turner Road. But how many people actually know the story of Dr Richard Albert Turner? Born in the Western Continue Reading
Cato Manor & Apartheid Town Planning (2/21/2018) - Recently we spoke about the role that music played in telling the story of apartheid, and helping to raise awareness around what was happening in the country at the time. KwaZulu-Natal guitar wonder, Madala Kunene, is another artist that has used music as both a political and cathartic instrument. The title of his 2015 album, Continue Reading
Free Nelson Mandela protest, Berlin, September 1986 The Story of the Struggle (2/9/2018) - Last week we wrote about legendary musical giant, Hugh Masekela, and the role that his music played in South Africa's liberation struggle. In fact there are countless musicians who lent their voice to the fight for equality during the dark years of apartheid in South Africa. Packed with emotion, their words served to raise awareness Continue Reading
Picket by ANC and anti-apartheid supporters outside South Africa House protesting the death of Joseph Mdluli, 9th April 1976 Joseph Mdluli & the Fisher Street Security Branch (2/6/2018) - The horrific tale of Joseph Mdluli and the Fisher Street Security Branch is an example the power of the judiciary system, and the essential role that the courts play in upholding the law of the land. A member of the ANC, until its banning in 1960, and an MK operative, Joseph Mdluli was taken from his home on the Continue Reading
Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and Paul Simon Voice of the People (2/2/2018) - Revolutions are not led by politicians, they are the result of the man and woman in the street standing up, and saying "no more!". While the arts are seldom given the respect they deserve in society, often it is musicians who give a voice to the public, allowing their message to be heard the world over. Continue Reading
Umzila Womzabalazo eThekwini (1/18/2018) - Udaba olwashicilelwa kwi-Daily News UMasipala waseThekwini usuhambe ibanga elide ekwakheni “umzila womzabalazo” eThekwini okuhloswe ngawo ukuhlonipha abantu nezindawo kuleli dolobha ezaba neqhaza ekuzuzweni kombuso wentando yabantu. Le phrojekthi iyingxenye yohlelo lukazwelonke oluqalwe nguMkhandlu Wamagugu kaZwelonke eNingizimu Afrika yokuqhakambisa lezi ndawo emphakathini kanjalo namaqhawe omzabalazo wenkululeko nentando yabantu eNingizimu Afrika. Kwethulwe izindawo ezingamashumi amathathu eThekwini ezizokuba Continue Reading
Kay Moonsamy during his visit to Red Square, 13th June 2016 Kesval ‘Kay’ Moonsamy (5 July 1926-21 June 2017) (6/28/2017) - Last week the country lost another of its great stalwarts of democracy with the passing of Kesval Moonsamy. Popularly known as 'Kay', Moonsamy was a member of a number of political organisations, becoming a trade union member at a very young age. Having started work at Rhodesian Timbers Limited when he was just 14 years Continue Reading
The Two Berthas (6/22/2017) - While the large majority of the people viewed as heroes of the anti-apartheid movement are men, women too played a very significant role in the fight for democracy in South Africa. While for some that role was in the form of supportive mothers and wives, who made it possible for men to leave their families Continue Reading