Professor Fatima Meer: activist, author, scholar, community leader, and human rights icon

Durban-born human rights activist and liberation icon, Fatima Meer (August 12 1928 – March 13 2020), has been named “one of the most prominent women political leaders in South Africa.” Her life’s work sought to fight against repressive colonial and apartheid policies, and she took this task on with a ferocity that is hard to […]

Memory and Memorialisation of Indian Indentured Labourers in Durban

November 16th 2020 marked 160 years since the first indentured labourers were brought to Port Natal from Madras on the SS Truro. The British Government sent the 342 passengers to South Africa to work on the sugar plantations in Natal. Most of the labourers hailed from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, and […]

A Century On: Remembering Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley

November 9th marked 105 years since the birth of Durban’s Archbishop Denis Hurley. He was a long-celebrated and fierce opponent of the apartheid regime and was known for his commitment to social justice and the ideals of freedom, truth, and equality. Perhaps more than anything, he was known as a guiding beacon of hope during […]

John Vorster Square Prison and the Tenth Floor – An Eery Emblem of apartheid’s Brutality

John Vorster Square Prison is said to be “a true embodiment of the violence of the apartheid system.” The notorious Johannesburg jail opened in August 1968 and was named after the prime minister at the time. John Vorster later became the fourth president of the apartheid state and was known for his stringent adherence to […]

Resilience, Community and Connection at Kenneth Gardens

Kenneth Gardens is Durban’s biggest low-income housing estate and offers subsidised housing to between 1500 and 1800 residents in Umbilo. Initially built for low-income families who were categorised as “white” under apartheid legislation in the 1940s, the 286-unit estate transformed radically in the 1990s with the dismantling of harsh segregation laws. Because of its unique […]

Remembering Ntate David Nthubu Koloane: 5 June 1938 – 30 June 2019

Acclaimed artist, Dr David Nthubu Koloane, was a trailblazer in the South African art world and fought fiercely for the rights of black artists to freely define themselves and their work. He used his art to question the daily political and social injustice of apartheid and was a pioneer in both the arts and the […]

Ipolitiki yamabhishi aseNingizimu Afrika

Namuhla, amabhishi aseThekwini ahlanganiswe kakhulu kunakuqala Amabhishi aseNingizimu Afrika, amaphuli kanye nemifula kuvame ukukhombisa isimo sezepolitiki sangaleso sikhathi. Ngesikhathi sobandlululo, amabhishi ayehlukaniswa ngokobuhlanga ngaphansikomthetho i-Reservation of Separate Amenities Act. Amaphoyisa ayekuqinisekisa ukuthi abangeni okungesibo ebebala elimhlophe. Lokhu kwakusebenza nasemaphulini omphakathi, ayakhelwe kakhulu ezindaweni zabamhlophe futhi abantu abansundu babengafinyeleli kalula kuwo. Amabhishi nezindawo zokubhukuda babekuzwa ngendaba, […]

The Indian Opinion and Language in South Africa

The Indian Opinion was a newspaper founded in Durban in 1903 by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The paper was printed by the International Printing Press (I.P.P.), based at 113 Grey Street (now Yusuf Dadoo Street), which itself was founded in 1898 by Viyavarik Madanjit, a school teacher who moved to South Africa from Mumbai. Like the […]

Evolution in isiZulu

Change that occurs in language is normal and happens everyday we spend living and talking. Language change often happens when people talk, placing certain meanings on words. In time those meanings undergo shifts, big and small, intentional and unintended, which make it such that a word might eventually mean something totally different than it did […]

Uguquko olwimini lwesiZulu

Uguquko olwenzeka ezilimini lujwayelekile lwenzeka ngazo zonke izinsuku esiphila sikhuluma kuzo. Lokho-ke kwenzeka ekubeni thina abantu nxa sikhuluma sibeke emagameni izincazelo-thize uma siwasho nje, kodwa ekuwakhulumeni nasekuwezweni lawo magama kuvele kube njalo izinguquko ezincane nezinkulu ezihlosiwe nezingahlosiwe ezenza ukuba lawo magama aphinda asho into ehlukene kancane kunayizolo. Unyaka we-2019 wabe ukhethwe yi-United Nations ukuba ngowezilimi […]