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Mind Your Language!

If you happen to be at your desk or in your car right now (Thursday morning, around 11am!) then do yourself a favour and tune in to Metro FM who are currently hosting their Mind Your Language segment, which focuses on the various South African languages. This morning’s session is looking at clan praises, with […]

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Learners at Inanda Seminary celebrating Human Rights Day, 2018

Human Rights Day at Inanda Seminary

As we celebrate Human Rights Day today in commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre that took place some fifty-eight years ago, have a listen to the words of the learners from Inanda Seminary as they ‘celebrate humanity’. As the first boarding school for young African women, the Seminary was one of the few schools in South […]

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Traditional Courts Bill

A public hearing discussing the Traditional Courts Bill took place in Parliament today, led by the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services. The Bill, which was first introduced in 2008, was developed in order to replace Sections 12 and 20 of the Black Administration Act of 1927, which empowered traditional leadership to resolve disputes and […]

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A young girl showing off her Mommpy Mpoppy doll

The Brilliant Momppy Mpoppy!

Yesterday SAFM held a discussion around the issue of African dolls in the marketplace, and how toymakers have been very slow on the uptake when it came to targeting young African girls (and boys). It seems that it was only when local businesswomen started producing their own African-themed dolls that the big brands were finally […]

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Abantu bafaka imali kowesifazane omulayo

The Art of Healing

Phansi Museum’s first major exhibition of 2018, The Art of Healing, was opened last Friday by Raymond Perrier, the Director of the Denis Hurley Centre. The exhibition consists of beaded artworks, clothes, fertility dolls, and other paraphernalia used (and in many cases, actually made) by izangoma. The pieces on display have been borrowed from collectors, […]

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The wail of an owl is seen as a sign of witchcraft

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: February

Often our Ulwazi fieldworkers choose a theme for the month, with their stories focusing on one particular subject matter. This month Siboniso Langa chose to look at animals, and the different ways in which their skins are used in Zulu culture. He also discussed which animals are considered dangerous, and talked about animals that have superstitious […]

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