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Happy Birthday – To Us!!

It doesn’t seem possible, but Ulwazi is ten years old! A whole decade! Conceptualised by the ex-Head of Information Systems at eThekwini Libraries, Betsie Greyling, Ulwazi was initially run as a library project before joining the Local History Museums family where it now happily resides. The motivation for starting Ulwazi was threefold: Increase the volume of […]

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Enzokuhle or…..Enzokuhle!

Last week Stats SA published their report on baby names in South Africa. Across the country Dlamini was the most common surname, with Nkosi and Ndlovu the second and third most common surnames. According to the report the most popular names for baby girls in 2017 were Enzokuhle (“Do good” in isiZulu), Melokuhle (“Stand up for […]

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Singing Your Praises!

It may be nothing more than a marketing ploy, but Castle’s new ‘Clan Cans’ are a brilliant way of encouraging young South Africans to reconnect with their roots. Based on the most popular clan names in South Africa, Castle are rebranding their milk stout cans with the names of different clans, with the clan praises […]

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Ulwazi Fieldworkers: August

Buildings tell us a great deal about civilisation. Where a kitchen is situated in relation to the rest of a house; how close homes are built to each other; whether there are quarters for livestock close by – architecture offers us a multitude of clues about how people live or lived. Nearly half of the […]

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Redefining Beauty Standards

More than just play things, the toys that children interact with help to shape their sense of identity as they grow up. Particularly relevant are the dolls that little girls (and boys!) have access to, so it’s been wonderful to see the development of an alternative toy market with dolls like Baby Thando and Momppy Mpoppy […]

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Born to Kwaito!

So much more than just entertainment, music is very much a part of history. It provides a snapshot of popular culture at a point in time, it might be used an overt political tool, as was the case with protest songs during apartheid or a more subtle expression that fights the status quo by raising […]

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