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Baleka Mbete

Baleka Mbete is the first woman to be elected National Chairperson of the ANC and an outspoken proponent for women’s rights. Chairperson Mbete grew up as the eldest girl in a family of eight children. The expectations of this role forged budding leadership qualities. Inspired by the women in her life, namely her grandmother and […]

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S’yabonga Shezi family history

My name is S’yabonga Shezi and I am from Georgedale in Hammarsdale. My family clan are Zulus, my mother’s surname is Shezi and my father’s surname is Dlamini. I don’t know my grandfather from my father’s side because he passed away when I was only a couple of months old. The ritual practice that we […]

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Zamani Shange – Family History

Ndabambi Shange was born at Umbumbulu, Mpandwini area. He had one wife and two children Nkantolo and Mchijwa. Ndabambi’s wife was Zithombi Msomi, who first married to Ngwagwa Mkhize but she didn’t have children with him. Ndabambi was rich because he had a lot of cows and a beautiful house. Nkantolo Shange was born at […]

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Uncle Lenny

Retired whaler. Wills Rd, Berea. Shaded by a large Syringa tree, Uncle Lenny’s house in Wills Road provides a refuge from the urban environment.  A thick hedge hides a secluded garden while dappled sunlight filters onto a Durban verandah.  The illusion of peace is tempered by the realities of this inner city neighbourhood.  Taxi owners […]

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Umlando Wesibongo sakwaMabhida

UMabhida wayezalwa kwaMkhize. Kwakunensizwa yakwaMkhize egama linguDlebe. Yayakhe umuzi wayo eNgomankulu. Kodwa wenza okungajwayelekile okwayiholela ekutheni igcine isithole isibongo esisha. UMadlebe waganwa intombi yakwaMkhize naye enguMkhize, lokho kwamenza wangabamuhle ozalweni nasemphakathini. Lokhu kwenza ukuthi bamkhuze bethi, “Ayikhona Mkhize usubhide ekhaya.” Waqala kanjalo ukuba uMabhida. UMadlebe wazala umfana wamqamba igama wathi uStimela, okuwuyena uMabhida wesibili. Kuthiwa […]

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Umkhwekazi Namasi

Kwasukasukela. Kwakukhona unkosikazi owayehlala nendodakazi yakhe nomyeni wayo. Zonke izinsuku babevuka bonke baye kohlakula emasimini bashiye bevube amasi abazowadla sebebuya. Babuvuba izinkamba ezimbili olunye olomkhwenyana olunye olwendodakazi. Umkhwekazi wayengawadli amasi akandodakazi wakhe. Bavuka-ke baya emasimini bathi besashaye indima encane umkhwekazi usayochitha amanzi wanyonyoba waya ekhaya wathi angafika wakhumula isidwaba wagqoka ibheshu lomkhwenyana wathatha nesigqiki sikamkhwenyana […]

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