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Introducing Onkgopotse Abram Tiro

Not many people would be aware of the name, Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, despite the fact that he’s regarded by many as the ‘father’ of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. In fact, Tiro is one of countless forgotten heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle – a revolution takes an army, and overcoming the apartheid regime took the will […]

Homeless 101


A recent project aimed at highlighting the issue of homelessness in South Africa has seen the Denis Hurley Centre team up with the Daily Maverick and Story Sessions to present Homeless 101. Intended to be an ‘introduction’ to the topic of homelessness as a social issue, the project pairs photographic portraits with stories of homeless […]

The Denis Hurley Centre: An Update

The Denis Hurley Centre

It’s been a very busy couple of months for the Denis Hurley Centre! In June the centre was host to the 2019 Street Store, organised in collaboration with Grace Family Church. More than 120 volunteers took part in the event which saw just over 1000 homeless people visit the store where they could ‘shop’ for clothes, […]

The Very Honourable, Judge Edwin Cameron

This past Tuesday, Edwin Cameron appeared for the last time as a judge of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. This final sitting of Justice Cameron ends an esteemed and much respected legal career which has seen him challenge the status quo, standing up for the rights of minorities and oppressed. Having […]

uAhmed Kathrada (21 August 1929-28 March 2017)

Ahmed Kathrada and Molvi Yusuf Cachalia, members of the Transvaal Indian Congress, circa 1950

Namuhla, iNingizimu Afrika izilele ukudlula emhlabeni kwesishoshovu sepolitiki, neqhawe lomzabalazo, uAhmed Mohamed Kathrada. Ngesikhathi ethula inkulumo kwi SAFM wabuzwa ukuthi angathanda ukukhunjulwa kanjani? Waphendula wathi, ‘Njengomuntu ozamile ukuba nomthelela. Sazama.’ Uma ubheka udaba lwaleqhawe kusobala ukuthi uAhmed Kathrada kuningi akwenza kunokuzama. Baziwa kakhulu ngo ‘Uncle Kathy’, impokophelo yakhe yabonakala esemncane – eneminyaka eyi 12 waba […]

The Unfriendly Ghosts

If you’re old enough to remember the original A-Team, you’ll likely also have a clear memory of the massive tanks that would roll up and down South African streets in times of unrest during the apartheid years. But while the A-Team were members of a fictitious US Special Army Force, the men driving the armored […]

Durban Reveals its Liberation Heritage to MBA Class

Anthony Wilson-Prangley, a lecturer from the Gordon Institute of Business Science at Pretoria University recently brought two groups of learners through to Durban to experience our Liberation Heritage Route. Below is a recount of their visit as told from the perspective of Anthony: Here we are, in an area of Durban that I don’t know […]

Five Photographers: A Tribute to David Goldblatt

Earlier this month we wrote about an exhibition of Sue Williamson’s work that’s currently showing at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. A bit closer to home,  at the Durban Art Gallery, tomorrow sees the opening of Five Photographers: A Tribute to David Goldblatt. The exhibition is one of the last projects that famed photographer David  […]

The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma

On Friday the 15th December 1989 Doreen Mgoduka woke up to discover that her husband, Glen, hadn’t returned from a meeting he had gone to the previous evening. Ordinarily Doreen’s morning ritual involved her sitting down to watch the breakfast news show, but that Friday, with her husband on her mind, she skipped the news. […]

IMpi KaBhambatha

Bhambatha kaMancinza at a wedding ceremony in 1905

Ngesonto elidlule sibhale ngodaba lodonga oludala oluhlukanisa ijele – Durban Central Prison Boundary Wall. Kuleliviki sibheka olunye udonga nelinye ijele eAddingon Beach, ePoint kunodonga olwaziwa nge ‘Prisoner of War’ olwakhiwa ngamadoda ayeboshwe ngesikhathi sempi kaBhambatha ngo 1906. Iminyaka eyalandela i- Anglo-Boer War abaqashi esifundazweni seNatali babhekana nesikhathi esinzima sokuthola abantu ababezosebenza emapulazini ngenxa ngenxa yokwanda […]