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Ulwazi Fieldworkers: June

A major issue that the Ulwazi Programme seeks to address is the lack of isiZulu content available online, so it’s wonderful that our fieldworkers are producing original isiZulu content! This month Nkosikhona Duma again contributed an original isiZulu poem, this time referencing the young girls and boys who lost their lives during the Soweto Youth Uprising of […]

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Dizu Plaatjies demonstrating the umakhweyana

Zulu Musical Instruments: Umakhweyana

While the wooden bow is most often thought of as a weapon, there’s some debate as to whether it was first used for hunting, or instead as a musical instrument, as in the case of the umakhweyana. Also referred to as ugubu or umqangala in isiZulu, most people believe that the musical bow originates from the Khoisan, […]

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Ntomb'entle dolls

Meet Baby Thando!

You will often read about African parents struggling to find appropriate dolls for their little girls (or boys) to play with, and even when there are darker skinned dolls available, they often lack features that resemble African children. This may not seem like a massive problem, but play is a very important stage in human […]

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Swahili proverbs for the 21st Century, by Musa Omusi

Learn A Second Language – for Free!

The world is becoming smaller and smaller, with internet access meaning that you no longer need to get on a plane to speak to people from the other side of the world. Most people would love to be able to speak a second language as it opens ups so many doors, but often the cost […]

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Prince Gideon Zulu, King Shaka Day Celebration, Dukuza

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: May

Last month Siboniso Langa, one of our enthusiastic Ulwazi fieldworkers, reported on the different clothes that Zulu men and women wear at different times of their lives, and in different contexts. Siboniso discussed everything from bridal outfits to the clothes that a Zulu prince wears, as well as everyday attire for traditional Zulu girls and boys. Follow the […]

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President Zuma and Kgosi Maubane, chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, 29th May 2017

Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba

The inaugural Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba took place in Johannesburg last week, with President Jacob Zuma giving the opening address. The indaba, which amongst other things looked at the relationship between traditional African leadership and government, was attended by indigenous leaders, members of Contralesa (the Congress of Traditional Leaders), academics and leaders in government. As a […]

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