No Longer at this Address – King Dinuzulu Road

For the second feature on the (not so) new Durban road names, we thought that we’d tackle a road that runs through the centre of our city, and is host to the famous Comrades Marathon taking place this Sunday. Berea Road, now King Dinuzulu Road, is the ‘gateway’ to Durban, with Tollgate Bridge forming a … Read more

A Zulu Burial

This past weekend saw Nelson Mandela, one of South Africa’s greatest struggle heroes, buried. A few days before the funeral a memorial service was held to honour this great man. During the proceedings the heavens opened and mourners were drenched while celebrating the life of Mandela. Anywhere else in the world the poor weather would … Read more

Tribal Marks

It’s strange how you can see something countless times without really registering what it is or what it means. I must have seen thousands of Zulu people over the years with scars on their faces, and while I’m sure at some point I’ve wondered why the marks are there, I don’t think that I’ve ever … Read more

The Great Marula Tree

I was at a wedding over the weekend, and on the table was a little card about the marula tree and how the Zulu people believe it’s linked to fertility – the wedding venue was called ‘Under the Marula Tree’, hence the little info card. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but prior to reading … Read more

Mapungubwe: The Lost City

Last week saw our Minister of Arts & Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile, officially launching Heritage Month which takes place in September each year. South Africa is home to eight of the world’s official heritage sites, as determined by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Mapungubwe, in Limpopo, is one such site, and richly deserving of its title. … Read more