Indigenous knowledge ‘important for innovation’

“[We] are to make a big deal around scientific exploration in indigenous knowledge,” Pandor told a conference on intellectual property rights in Johannesburg. “Indigenous knowledge is a key part of our innovation technology.” Pandor said that private companies in Europe had exploited knowledge gained by publicly-funded research in South Africa, including around solar panels. Read … Read more

The role of the participatory web for indigenous knowledge

The gap: Indigenous knowledge and social media There are various interesting initiatives trying to empower indigenous communities and document their cultural heritage and wisdom, but also documenting the vast impacts of climate change. One such initiative is spearheaded by the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC). This video documents IPACC’s work in the context … Read more

Ulwazi on the Archival Platform

The Ulwazi Programme features on the Archival Platform in a guest post by consultant Niall McNulty. The Archival Platform is a networking, advocacy and research initiative. They use the word “archive” to refer not only to records or books in archives and libraries, but also to memory, cultural practice and places that tell the stories … Read more

Hats off to 2010 at Phansi Museum

One of Durban’s most valuable cultural hubs, the Phansi Museum, is launching a myriad fabulous initiatives.

Situated in a Victorian home in the leafy suburb of Glenwood, Phansi Museum is launching their iconic annual calendar; the opening of the BAT shop; a new music label and inaugural CD; strategic partnerships and a new travelogue.

The simultaneous launch of these innovative cultural projects is no mean feat for an independent unsubsidised museum and heritage custodian. The museum houses some of the most interesting, rare and comprehensive collections of African art and artefacts to be found in the continent, and constantly updates and refreshes its collection and strategic partnerships to remain interesting and current.

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KZN Literary Tourism end of year function

Please join KZN Literary Tourism for their annual end of year function on Saturday the 5th December, from 9.30 until 11.30.  They are having a morning tea party in the beautiful grounds of Inanda Seminary and will also be launching the INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) Writers Trail, which they have been working on with … Read more