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Ronnie & Eleanor: The Young Rebels

There’s a famous quote that goes “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing”, and listening to Ronnie Kasrils talking about the path that led him to join the anti-apartheid struggle, this saying makes perfect sense. Speaking of the inspiration behind his recently published book, Catching Tadpoles: […]

The Denis Hurley Centre: Changing Lives!

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Members of the Denis Hurley Centre, which forms part of the Durban Liberation Heritage Route, recently took part in the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards, making it all the way through to the finals! Unfortunately, they were pipped to the post by the recycling initiative, Regenize. But they still gained a great […]

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 […]

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. […]

Mandela Day 2019

There are few voices as recognisable or powerful as that of the late former statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. So, in 2008, when Mandela made a plea whilst addressing the crowds at his 90th birthday celebrations in Hyde Park, the world took notice: It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in […]

2019 Golden Shield Heritage Awards

Durban’s Liberation Heritage Route forms part of the larger national project, the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route (RLHR). The RLHR is administered by the National Heritage Council, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. In 2012, the National Heritage Council launched the Golden Shield Heritage Awards as a means of acknowledging those individuals […]

The National Heritage Council


Earlier this month the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality launched the book, A Walk Through Our Past. The coffee table book, which features Nelson Mandela on its cover, highlights important events in our country’s history from the year 1800 through to the dawn of democracy in 1994 and was published as part of the municipality’s Liberation […]

Cast your Vote at the DHC


The late Archbishop Denis Hurley, after whom the Denis Hurley Centre was named, spent his life fighting for the human rights of all individuals, regardless, of race, culture or creed, but it was the poorest of the poor, who most needed his assistance. Now 25 years after the advent of South Africa’s hard-won democracy there […]

The 27th April 1994

Last weekend South Africa celebrated Freedom Day, marking the 25th anniversary of the country’s first democratic elections. As we head towards the polls next week to cast our vote in the fifth elections since the fall of apartheid, it seems like a good time to reflect on that historic day. The 27th April 1994 is […]