UGcina Elsie Mhlophe

UNokugcina Elsie ‘Gcina’ Mhlophe owazalelwa e-Hammersdale ngo-1959 ungumlweli wenkululeko waseNingizimu Afrika, isishoshovu, umlingisi, umbali wezindaba, imbongi, umbhali wemidlalo, umqondisi nombhali. ngemuva kokuphothula umatikuletsheni ngo-1979 eMfundisweni High School. Wenza izifundo ze-Cadet Journalism e-Rhodes University, izinyanga eziyisithupha ze-Film Making Course njengengxenye ye-Interchurch Media Programme’s Community Project kanye nokufundwa kwezindaba ngezikhathi ezithile kwi-Press Trust, i-BBC Radio, i-Africa Service … Read more

Durban Living Legend – Gcina Mhlophe-Becker

Nokugcina Elsie ‘Gcina’ Mhlophe born in Hammersdale in 1959 is a well-known South African freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author. after completing her matric at in 1979 at Mfundisweni High School. She did a Cadet Journalism course at the Rhodes University, 6 months Film Making Course as part of Interchurch Media … Read more

Cato Manor Writers – Mi S’dumo Hlatshwayo

Mi S’dumo Hlatshwayo (1951) grew up as an “illegitimate” child in a working-class household in Cato Manor, Mkhumbane – a sprawling shack settlement in Durban. His family’s poverty caused him to leave school by Standard 7 and search for a job. As he said all his dreams were sunk: “…I wanted to be a poet, … Read more

Cato Manor Writers – Kenneth Bhengu

Kenneth Bhengu 1916-1985 was bornĀ and bred at Ndwendwe Mission Station, near Durban in Natal. He did his secondary education at Taylor Street Secondary School (Durban) where- after he went to train as a teacher at Nuttal Training Institute in Pietermaritzburg. Kenneth Bhengu, known as ‘the sage of Ndwendwe’, lived in Cato Manor where he set … Read more

An interview with Ronnie Govender

Excerpts from a personal interview with Ronnie Govender, playwright and writer, born in Cato Manor as recorded by Madoda Ncayiyana from Cato Manor on 18 March 2002. Contents History Trade Unions Racial Tension Culture Social Conditions Demolition and Relocation Family Recollections A New Community Spirit History Govender remembers: “I have many wonderful memories of Cato Manor despite … Read more