Celebrating Judge Navi Pillay – Human Rights Defender and Global Icon

In December 2020, Durban-born judge and human rights activist, Navanethem “Navi” Pillay was awarded Germany’s highest civilian decoration, the Federal Cross of Merit. The award strives to honour those who contribute to the significant rebuilding of their countries in the fields of politics, intellectual activity, and socio-economics. The distinction sought to honour Pillay’s lifework and …

Madiba’s Release – Envisioning the Impossible

February 11th 1990 was a momentous day for South Africa and marked Nelson Mandela’s historic release from Victor Verster Prison. He was incarcerated for 27 years following the 1964 Rivonia Treason Trial where he and nine co-accused faced charges of sabotage against the state. Madiba went on to spend the next 27 years between Robben …

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 …