Traditional Medicine in Durban and KwaMuhle’s ‘Muthi Garden’

The use of plants, herbs, animals and other natural substances is a practice as old as humanity itself. Known variously as ‘traditional medicine’, ‘herbal medicine’, ‘herbalism’, ‘natural medicine’, ‘phytomedicine’, and by many other names in English, the practice is much older than modern pharmaceutical medicine. It has often provided useful knowledge to pharmacological researchers looking […]

Sime Ndawonye

Imithetho eyayilawula ukuthi ngubani okwakufanele avote yayihlukile ngokwezifunda zaseNingizimu Afrika, kodwa iqiniso ukuthi umhlaba wawungowabamhlophe kuyibona abanezwi. Nakuba eKapa u 15% wabakhethwa wawuhlanganisa amadoda amnyama ngenxa yenani lamaKhaladi, amaNdiya kanye nabaMnyama ababethenge imizi kulesiyasifundazwe. Unyaka ka 1930, waqala ukuthi abasefazane abamhlophe nabo bavote okwenza ukuthi inani lalabo abansundu eKapa lishabalale ngenxa yamavoti abamhlophe amaningi. Unyaka […]

Cato Manor & Apartheid Town Planning

Recently we spoke about the role that music played in telling the story of apartheid, and helping to raise awareness around what was happening in the country at the time. KwaZulu-Natal guitar wonder, Madala Kunene, is another artist that has used music as both a political and cathartic instrument. The title of his 2015 album, […]

Day of Reconciliation

Next Friday, on the 16th December, South Africa celebrates the Day of Reconciliation. But while the public holiday in its current form has only been in existence since 1995, the 16th December has been commemorated in South Africa since 1910, when it was originally referred to as Dingaan’s Day. It was on this day that 470 Voortrekkers, […]

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 […]