The Power of Izinyoka

The jury seems to be out when it comes to people’s perception of snakes, or izinyoka. It seems that in some cases the snake is revered as a link to the ancestors, and in others its presence is considered a bad omen, but it in all instances, there’s a definite respect associated with snakes. In … Read more

Under Threat of Extinction

Last week we wrote about attempts that are being made to promote indigenous languages in South Africa, so this week we thought we would take a more in-depth look at some of the reasons that isiZulu, and other African languages, are under threat. An article published a few years ago on provides great insight … Read more

Zulu History Inspiring the Classics!

One wouldn’t normally associate classical music with the history of the Zulu monarchy, but the Zulu royal families (like any kingdom anywhere in the world), are full of dramatic tales that make for the perfect inspiration for a classical composer. Or at least that’s what Durban-based, Warren Bessey, seems to think! Bessey has taken the … Read more

Supporting Phansi’s Africademy

A few weeks back SAFM had a really interesting discussion with Paul Mikula, architect and managing trustee of the Phansi Museum in Glenwood. Mikula’s passion for the ubuntuART Museum that’s housed in Roberts House, the building that accommodates Phansi, is infectious. Mikula spoke about everything from the changing of their address from Frere Road to Esther Roberts, and … Read more

The Promotion and Preservation of Indigenous Languages

Last week SAFM held an interesting discussion on the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in South Africa. Radio presenter, Stephen Grootes, debated the issue with Dr Thabo Ditsele, Linguistic PHD student at UCT; Senior lecturer in African Languages at UCT, Dr Tessa Dowling; and Professor Sihawu Ngubane, Head of African Languages and Linguistics at UKZN, and former … Read more