Ukukhumbula u-Rick Turner

Igama lika-Rick Turner lingaziwa inoma ubani oseke wachitha isikhathi eNyuvesi yaKwaZulu-Natal. Kukhona ibhilidi labafundi eliqanjwe ngegama lakhe, kube khona umfundaze obizwa ngegama lakhe kanti ingxenye yayo inyuvesi incike eduze komgwaqo oqanjwe ngalo igama lika-Rick Turner. Khona kunjalo, ngabe bangaki abazi kabanzi ngomlando kaDokotela Richard Albert Turner? Wazalelwa eNtshonalanga Kapa ngowe-1941 kubazali bokufika ababevela eNgilandi. Waphothula …

Joe Slovo: 23 May 1926 – 6 January 1995

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the death of Joe Slovo. With a number of buildings, streets, and even suburbs named in his honour, most South Africans are familiar with the name, but how many of us really know the story of Joe Slovo, one of our country’s greatest political activists? Despite spending his entire …

No Rest for the Wicked!

Or in this case, for the do-gooders! The Denis Hurley Centre has a full calendar throughout the year, but the work their members do over the festive season is particularly important, providing company – and good food! – to the city’s homeless at a time when they need it most. While for many the holidays …

Paddy Kearney Way Unveiled

This past November marked one year since the passing of Paddy Kearney, who died on the 23rd November 2018 at the age of 76. Softly spoken, Kearney’s gentle demeanour belied his strength of character that saw him serve as an executive member of the United Democratic Front, repeatedly ignoring the restrictions placed on South Africans …

The Spirit of Christmas

Written by political activist, Sylvia Neame, the recently published book, Imprisoned: The Experience of a Prisoner Under Apartheid describes how the spirit of Christmas shone through even in the darkness of the Barberton Prison Complex. Described by some as apartheid’s Alcatraz, Barberton was a maximum security prison in the eastern part of what was then …

Father Freedom

From 1986 to 1990 the supporters of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group held a Non-Stock Picket outside the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square, calling for the release of Nelson Mandela. In solidarity with prisoners, some political activists would spend the festive season protesting against the South African government, refusing to relinquish their posts …

Funding the Fight Against Apartheid

We’ve written previously about the important role that the international community played in the fight against apartheid, ultimately bringing about the economic boycott that brought the apartheid government to its knees. But in addition to raising awareness, some organisations went a step further by raising funds to fight the South African apartheid government. With countless …

Swimming Against the Tide

This past Wednesday  legendary cartoonist, Zapiro, joined the ranks of the likes of Susan Sontag, Patti Smith, Steven Spielberg, and our very own Johnny Clegg and William Kentridge, when he was bestowed the award of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. The award recognises those individuals who have made significant contributions …

Wafela ukuthula

Namhlanje kubalwa iminyaka engamashumi amabili nanhlanu kwabulawa u-Chris Hani, isenzo esaphazamisa izingxoxo ezazibucayi zokudlulisa amandla kuhulumeni wobandlululo eya kuhulumeni wentando yeningi. uNobhala we-SACP, u-Blade Nzimande, ubungaza u-Hani emva kweminyaka engu-25 washona. Kunzima ukukholelwa kulokhu emva kweminyaka eminingi kangaka eseyadlula, kodwa u-Chris Hani wayethandwa kakhulu eNingizimu Afrika. Futhi abaningi babekholelwa ukuthi i-SACP yayingayihlula i-ANC okhethweni uma …

The Transformation of Durban’s Promenade

It’s been more than twenty years since the fall of apartheid, and yet there’s no denying that large parts of South Africa are still very much divided along racial lines. There are many reasons for this – the legacy of apartheid’s spacial planning, slow economic transformation, access to education – the truth is, it’s a …