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History Revisited

This week Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, announced sweeping changes regarding the teaching of history in our schools. The proposed changes to the curriculum could see history being introduced as a compulsory subject all the way through to Grade 12, with a greater focus on African history. While things have certainly changed since pre-1994, Motshekga believes that […]

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Zulu Song Cycle

If you have plans to be in Cape Town at the end of the month do yourself a favour and book tickets now for Zulu Song Cycle. Composer and cellist, Dr Thokozani Mhlambi, will perform a compilation of songs in a format inspired by the German Lieder form, where individual songs are performed in a sequence as a single unit. […]

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Baby names

Zulu Baby Names

Traditionally a Zulu child is named before he or she is born, so the pressure on parents to find the right name is even greater than for non-Zulu speakers where parents often wait until the right name ‘comes to them’. Zulu names are famous for their meanings, and are often descriptive of the circumstances when […]

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Siyafunda: We are Learning

In a country with terrifyingly low literacy rates – according to research released by the University of Pretoria in December last year, eight out of ten Grade 4 pupils in South Africa can’t read at an appropriate level – the importance of education, and good quality supporting educational material, can’t be underestimated. Even more important is […]

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u-Aloe Blacc, omunye wabanandisi abalindeleke kwiZakifo Festival yakulonyaka

IFestival yeZakifo izoshisa izikhotha eThekwini

Kuzoshisa izikhotha ubumnandi eThekwini kusukela mhlaka 25 kuya ku-27 May 2018 emcimbini womculo odumile iZakifo Music Festival ozobe ukuleli dolobha ihlandla lesine. Lo mcimbi uhlelelwe ukwenzeka eBAT Centre, eViews at Twenty5,  naseBlue Lagoon Beach okuyizindawo ezaziwa kakhulu eThekwini. Lo mcimbi uzovula ngekhonsathi yokuqoqela imali iNelson Mandela Foundation eBAT Centre lapho khona umculi odumile wakuleli uSipho […]

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McCord ward, circa 1918

The People’s Hospital

Recently published, The People’s Hospital: A History of McCords, Durban, 1890s-1970s, looks at the story of one of Durban’s most important medical institutions. With its origins linked to medical missionaries, Dr James McCord and his wife Margaret, McCords has always had a reputation of being a compassionate institution, willing to fight the good fight on behalf of […]

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