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 […]

Durban’s Early Morning Market and the promise of gold

The history of indentured labour in South Africa is a story of colonialism and the European desire to expand economically, culturally and politically across the globe. It is the history of the Indian diaspora who, through indentured labour, were taken to South Africa, Mauritius, Guyana, Suriname, Reunion Island, and many other colonies.  The indentured labour […]