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Google Doodle celebrating what would have been Miriam Makeba's 81st birthday, 4th March 2013

Remembering Mama Africa!

Next Thursday the Alliance Française will host a tribute to the legendary South African musician, Miriam Makeba. Popularly referred to as ‘Mama Africa’, Makeba spent a good deal of her musical career living in exile in England and North America, and later in Guinea, West Africa. Makeba left South Africa in 1959 as a result of run-ins with […]

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Liberation Heritage Route Seminar

The Liberation Heritage Route of Durban is a joint project of the National Heritage Council and eThekwini Municipality. The route guides the public through various Durban sites that are of significance in the story of South Africa’s fight for democracy, detailing important events that took place in Durban, and the incredible individuals who spoke out […]

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Mduduzi supporters from Ebuhleni on the left, with Vela supporters from the Thembezinhle group on the right, Pietermaritzburg High Court, October 2017

New Leader for the Shembe Church?

Just when we thought that things were finally settled it seems that the battle for the leadership of the Shembe Church is about to begin all over again! Judgement in the case bought by Mduduzi Shembe, the son of Vimbeni Shembe, who passed away in 2011, has just been ruled on in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court. […]

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Zulu ‘Cutlery’ and ‘Crockery’

The Phansi Museum in Glenwood is having a sale of some of their woven and beaded artefacts from Msinga, and it got us thinking about how different (and wonderful!) African ‘cutlery’ and ‘crockery’ is. Historically, these items would have been made from either straw, clay or wood and would have been referred to as ezotshom, ezobumba and ezokhum respectively. Thing […]

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Balobedu Rain Queen elect, Masalanabo Modjadji

Rain Queen Modjadji VII

Last Saturday marked a historic occasion for the Balobedu people with the ushering in of their new Rain Queen, Masalanabo Modjadji. At the tender age of thirteen Modjadji remains the Queen elect until such time as she has come of age, but her confirmation as the first officially recognised African Queen in more than forty years is an important […]

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ZCC Easter Festival

This past weekend saw millions of ZCC (Zion Christian Church) members make their way to Limpopo for the bi-annual Zionist gathering. The Easter celebrations take place in the town of Moria, considered to be the spiritual centre of the church. The founder of ZCC, Joseph Engenas Lekganyane, bought the land, which sits about 50km east of Polokwane, before his death in […]

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