Durban City Hall: A Building Steeped in History

Completed just over a century ago Durban’s City Hall has been witness to the history of the city, and of the country, as South Africa moved from four distinct British colonies, to the Union of South Africa, and finally to its present day state of the Republic of South Africa. It has seen the country …

The South African Students Organisation

The political student activity that has been very much a part of the South African landscape for the past year is in some ways reminiscent of protest action seen some forty-plus years ago when members of the National Union of South African Students broke away to form the South African Student Organisation (SASO). Just as …

Bantu Stephen Biko: 18 December 1946-12 September 1977

Last Friday saw the 2016 annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture taking place at Unisa in Pretoria, in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the murder of Bantu Stephen Biko. Biko, born in the Eastern Cape on the 18th December 1946, died on the 12th September 1977 at the age of 31, after weeks of torture at …

It’s Time to Hit The Streets

The word ‘heritage’ is directly linked to ‘inheritance’, referring to something that is passed down from one generation to the next. In the context of this website ‘heritage’ refers to the physical spaces that played a part in South Africa’s transition from a racially divided colony to the democratic republic that it is today. They are …

Archbishop Denis Eugene Hurley

Those who grew up in Durban will be very familiar with the Catholic Church and the neighbouring Denis Hurley Centre, both prominent buildings as you enter the centre of town. What many might not be aware of though, is the great work that these institutions have been involved in over the years, and for much of …

Independence Day, Satyagraha and No. 14 Mercury Lane

Monday the 15th August 2016 marked 69 years since India claimed its independence from British rule. The movement that resulted in Indian independence is most famous for satyagraha, a campaign of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience led by the Indian National Congress, of which Mohandas Gandhi was the president at the time. It was nearly a century before India took back control of its land and its people …

Strike a Woman, Strike a Rock

Sixty years ago an estimated twenty thousand women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the so-called ‘pass laws’. With women coming in their numbers from all over the country, the 9th August 1956 proved to be a historic day, and one that changed the course of history. The Natives (Abolition of Passes …

Standing Side-By-Side

Yesterday saw scores of people queuing at their local voting stations to have their say in the 2016 local government elections. While we wait for the results of these hotly contested elections it’s easy to forget that just over twenty years ago, this vital public role was limited to just a fraction of South Africa’s population. The …

The Evolution of Durban’s Beaches

While Durban’s beaches aren’t looking their best after the recent floods, the beach front promenade is something that Durbanites can really be proud of. A well looked after, mixed use space where people of all ages, colours and cultures come together to exercise, relax and socialise, it really is a world-class public space, accessible to all. …

Durban’s Gandhi Memorial

The world over, statues and monuments pay tribute to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known to most as Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma, Sanskrit for ‘Great Soul’ and akin to the Christian term ‘saint’, was the name given to Gandhi for his involvement in civil rights, and the road of nonviolent civil disobedience that Gandhi and his supporters chose to travel. …