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The Tripartite Alliance

With the exception of the African National Congress (ANC), there’s probably no better known political body in South Africa than the tripartite alliance. Bringing together the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the alliance forms the cornerstone of the government’s power. The relationship is an […]

The Colourful History of Sastri College

Tucked away in the suburb of Greyville sits Sastri College, one of the province’s most important educational and historical institutions. Originally established in 1929 as a secondary school for boys, as well as a teacher’s training centre, over the years the college has served a variety of different functions. The laws of the apartheid government […]

UDokotela Dube namaKholwa

Rebel chiefs, Bambatha Rebellion

Baningi abantu baseThekwini asebeke bahlala odongeni olwakhiwe ngamatshe amancane uma ugudla iAddington Beach kodwa bengazi ngomlando walo. Loludonga lwakhiwa iziboshwa zaMaZulu ngesikhathi seMpi KaBhambatha yango 1906. Lempi eyayiphakathi kwaMaZulu nohulumeni waseNatal ekuqaleni kweminyaka yawo 1900 yayingumphumela wokufika kwabelungu bezohlala ezindaweni zabantu abamnyama, nemithetho yentela eyayikhokhwa imizi eyaholela ekutheni amadoda ashiye imizi yawo ayofuna imisebenzi ukuze […]

Celebrate with a Bunny Chow!

This coming week South Africa celebrates Heritage Day, which has come to be known by many as ‘Braai Day’. For some though, this moniker is viewed as exclusionary with boerewors, a popular meat for braais, being associated more with white, Afrikaans-speaking South Africans than other societal groups. Tazneem Wentzel’s mini-thesis: Producing and Consuming the Wembley […]

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 […]