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. [...]

Warwick: Never Gonna Give You Up!

The Liberation Heritage Route maps out areas and buildings in Durban that have special significance in the story of South Africa's struggle for a democratic nation. Some of the locations are less well known to the public than others, but few are quite as established in the lives of Durbanites as Warwick Triangle and the surrounding [...]

Non-Violence: The Weapon of the Strong

As we mark the eighth annual Mandela Day we also commemorate 60 years since the historic 1946 passive resistance march from Grey Street to Umbilo. Under the leadership of Dr Monty Naicker and M.D. Naidoo a crowd fifteen thousand people strong gathered to protest against the Asiatic Land Tenure and Indian Representation Act, commonly referred to as the Ghetto [...]

ICOM Presentation: Navigating Freedom

Bonginkosi Zuma and Steven Kotze from the eThekwini Municipality have written a paper that will be presented at next week's ICOM conference in Milan.  'Navigating Freedom: Social cohesion policies and the democratic cultural landscape of Durban’s Liberation Heritage Route' explores the National Liberation Heritage Route (LHR), a project of the South African National Heritage Council [...]

Struggle heritage route for Durban

Article published in The Daily News The eThekwini Municipality is at an advanced stage in creating a “liberation heritage route” in Durban aimed at honouring the people and places in the city that paved the way for democracy. The project is part of the South African National Heritage Council’s national initiative to commemorate local sites [...]