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A portrait of Makobo Modjadji VI (Rain Queen) 1978 – 12 June 2005

Africa’s Women Warriors

SAFM held an interesting discussion this morning about African queens. The discussion centred around the idea of patriarchy, and that the influence and impact that these women had on their communities is still not being celebrated. What are your thoughts? Are you aware, for example, of the history of Queen Nandi, the mother of King […]

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Feeling Peckish?

It’s great to see the proliferation of websites promoting recipes from KwaZulu-Natal – just a few years ago you had to spend a good while hunting to find a decent samp and beans recipe, but now there are instructions on how to make everything from umngqusho to the perfect shisa nyama! So to take best […]

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A Question of Style?

The opening of the school year has seen some unexpected drama in the recent past as the issue of hair, and how it should be worn whilst in school, has come under the spotlight. While it may seem simply a matter of fashion or discipline, most people will be aware that there’s far more to […]

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Bra Willie

Keorapetse William Kgositsile: 19 September 1938-3 January 2018

Yesterday South Africa mourned the passing of its national poet laureate, Professor Keorapetse William Kgositsile. Affectionately referred to as ‘Bra Willie’, Kgositsile was awarded the accolade of laureate in 2006, after the death of Mazisi Kunene. In spite of a long and impressive career in the arts, Kgositsile was perhaps not as well known in his home country as […]

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Happy New Year!

And just like that another year has come and gone! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to making the Ulwazi Programme the success that it is – next year marks TEN YEARS since the programme was established, which is an incredible achievement in a day and age when websites come and go at a […]

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Parts of the Southern Ground Hornbill are used in muthi to help encourage rainfall for crops

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: December

As the year draws to a close we take a look at what the Ulwazi fieldworkers have been up to in the last month of 2017. As with many cultures, music and dance play an integral role in the life of Zulu people, and as such was one of our areas of focus this month. […]

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