• Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa

    Coming Home

    Last Tuesday saw the remains of late journalist, Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa, brought home to South ...

Signboard at Sara Baartman's grave

Saartjie Baartman

Yesterday SAFM held a discussion about Sara Baartman, a famous Khoikhoi woman who was exhibited as a ‘fascination’ in Europe in the early part of the 19th Century. As in the case of Nat Nakasa, Sara’s remains were eventually returned to South Africa for a proper burial as required by her Khoikhoi heritage. Sara, or [...]

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The Umdlebe tree

Jerry’s Stories: August

Jerry is our local ancestory expert, recording the history of countless Zulu clans, but now and again his attention gets diverted! Like this month when he wrote about the fascinating tale of the Umdlebe tree, popularly referred to as ‘dead-man’s tree’! Although it has many medicinal benefits, including being used to treat headaches, toothache and [...]

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'Lobola' by Bonnie Ntshalintshali

Love in the 21st Century

The topic of Lobola is something that often generates very heated discussions in South Africa, not least of all in our monthly Ulwazi meetings where our colleague, Mbusiswa, doesn’t hold back on telling us what he thinks! He shares a common view that over time lobola has lost its meaning of joining two families together, [...]

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