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The Customary Initiation Bill

First gazetted in March this year, the National Assembly has now passed the Customary Initiation Bill, which aims to regulate initiation schools, in order to reduce the number of initiate deaths. Over the past six years more than 400 initiates have died, with 3600 young men being admitted to hospital, resulting in 132 amputations. While leaders of Contralesa (Congress of […]

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Miss Cultural South Africa 2018

Next weekend will see the streets of Durban transformed as the Indoni Festival takes over Dr Pixley KaSeme Street and Durban’s city hall. The precursor to the Miss Indoni pageant that takes place on the 15th December, the festival celebrates local culture showcasing the best of African food, fashion and music. Established in 2011 br […]

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Performers at the 13th Annual African Cultural Calabash

Ulwazi Fieldworkers: November

Every year, as part of their African Music and Dance Programme, the University of KwaZulu Natal hosts the African Cultural Calabash. Started in 2006, the annual concert combines the wonders of African cuisine with performances from local musicians, who wow guests with everything from contemporary isicathamiya acts to renditions of tarditionals compositions from the likes of the […]

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A Tribute to Mama Africa!

This month marks ten years since the passing of Miriam Makeba, who died at the age of 76 after suffering a fatal heart attack. In honour of this anniversary the Alliance Française will be hosting a tribute concert to celebrate the woman who brought the music of Africa to the world. Earlier this year we […]

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Portrait of a Zulu inDuna by Gerard Bhengu,

The role of the induna

Last week the role of traditional leaders came under the spotlight when a story broke about a certain induna who was asking rent from men who were older than 18 and who were still staying at home. A complaint had been laid that the induna had abused his position. So what are the responsibilities of […]

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Former President Jacob Zuma with three of his six wives

Polygamous Marriages in South Africa

Last week we looked at customary marriages, and the concept of common law unions, so we thought that we’d extend the conversation this week to polygamous marriages, which are recognised in terms of South African law. In order for partners in a polygamous marriage to enjoy the protection afforded them by the law certain requirements […]

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