The Cato Manor Massacre of 1960 and the Cato Manor 9.

The 1960s marked a time of increasing racial tension in Cato Manor, Durban. The police were clamping down on the illegal sale of home-brewed beer - after instigating the Native Beer Act of 1908, whereby the state monopolised the liquor industry so that citizens would use their state-run beer halls. Added to this, many black …

Explore the Inanda Heritage Route

Inanda lies 30km north-west of Durban's CBD. While many might pass the area on the way to and from airport or northern suburbs, it features a wealth of resistance history. The Inanda Heritage Route includes some of the most important but little-known, historical sites of Durban, including the place where Mandela cast his first democratic …

Izinguquko eNingizimu Afrika

Eminyakeni yokukhululwa kuka-Nelson Mandela ejele ngo-1990 nowo khetho lokuqala lwentando yeningi ezweni ngo-1994 kwaba kubi kakhulu kwezepolitiki eNingizimu Afrika. Balinganiselwa ku-14 000 abantu okuthiwa bafa ezigamekweni ezihlobene nezepolitiki kuleyo minyaka embalwa, okuphindwe kabili inani lokufa kwabantu kwezepolitiki kusuka ngo-1948 kuya ku-1990. U-Chris Hani, wabulawa ngomhlaka-10 Ephreli 1993. Kepha njengomholi we-South African Communist Party (SACP), ukufa …

Women’s Resistance – Remembering Ruth First

21st March marks Human Rights Day in South Africa. Universal human rights that were established in the 1948 UN convention after the second world war relate to "humanity, freedom, justice, and peace." In the South Africa this day is intrinsically tied to the tragic events that took place in Sharpeville, Johannesburg on March 21st, 1960. …

Writing and Resistance – Remembering Nat Nakasa

Known for his literary prowess, immaculate dress sense, and "quiet rage" against the apartheid machine, journalist Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa was a scholar with a wit as sharp as his pen. He took his own life at the young age of 28 while in permanent exile in New York but achieved much in his literary career. …

Celebrating Dr Goonam – Political Activist and Pioneer

Durban-born doctor and anti-apartheid activist, Kesaveloo Goonaruthnum Naidoo (1906- 1999), was the first Indian woman in South Africa to become a doctor. Despite being a trailblazer, traversing, repressive norms of the time, and ultimately offering much-needed reproductive healthcare to Asian and African women, she faced much racial discrimination by virtue of her skin colour in …

U-Oliver Reginald Tambo

Inyanga kaMeyi iyagujwa eNingizimu Afrika njengeNyanga ye-Afrika, kanti kulo nyaka isiqubulo  sithi, 'Unyaka ka-O.R. UTambo:Ukwakha i-Afrika Engcono kanye neZwe eliNgcono ', ukuqaphela umbono wenguquko enkulu yokulwa nobandlululo, obezobe ehlanganisa iminyaka engu-100 ngo-Okthoba 2017. Ngenkathi igama lika-O.R. Tambo lisematheni kubantu abahamba ngezindiza, empeleni ukuzibophezela kwakhe ekulweleni iNingizimu Afrika ebuswa ngentando yeningi u-O.R., Njengoba ayejwayele ukubizwa , …

Celebrating Judge Navi Pillay – Human Rights Defender and Global Icon

In December 2020, Durban-born judge and human rights activist, Navanethem "Navi" Pillay was awarded Germany's highest civilian decoration, the Federal Cross of Merit. The award strives to honour those who contribute to the significant rebuilding of their countries in the fields of politics, intellectual activity, and socio-economics. The distinction sought to honour Pillay's lifework and …

Love in the Time of Struggle

As the world celebrates February, the 'month of love', it's worth remembering a heroic couple who spent their lives fighting against the injustice of the apartheid state and paid the ultimate sacrifice for doing so. Victoria Nonyamezelo Mxenge and Mlungisi Griffiths Mxenge were a formidable duo who spent their lives campaigning for justice and freedom. …

Madiba’s Release – Envisioning the Impossible

February 11th 1990 was a momentous day for South Africa and marked Nelson Mandela's historic release from Victor Verster Prison. He was incarcerated for 27 years following the 1964 Rivonia Treason Trial where he and nine co-accused faced charges of sabotage against the state. Madiba went on to spend the next 27 years between Robben …