In 1953, the apartheid government introduced the bantu education system for all Black South Africans, formalising years of segregated education in the country. Then Minister of Native Affairs, Hendrik Verwoerd, spoke of the objective of Bantu Education when he said “there is no place for the Bantu in the European community above the level of […]Read more "The Hector Pieterson Museum tells the story of the 1976 Soweto youth uprising"
As I enter the upside-down house and see the couch hanging on the roof (technically the upside-down floor), my body feels confused by the tilted nature of the space. I’m standing upright, “normal” but I want to do a handstand against the wall so that my surrounding doesn’t feel upside down anymore. A touch […]Read more "A visit to the Upside Down House in South Africa"
Gold, cattle and ivory played a significant role in the Southern African kingdoms of Mapungubwe, Thulamela and Great Zimbabwe. These kingdoms were not only established centres of agriculture, but also essential gold and ivory trade partners with the Arabs and Portuguese. According to historians, Mapungubwe, located on the borders of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, […]Read more "Some insight into ancient Southern Africa gold mining"
In 1952, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo opened the first Black-owned law firm in South Africa called Mandela and Tambo Attorneys. The practice was to play a significant role in the lives of thousands of Black South Africans persecuted by the racist laws of the country. Chancellor House, located opposite the Magistrate’s Court in downtown […]Read more "The story of Mandela and Tambo Attorneys in Johannesburg"
Towering over its natural surrounds and strutting through the wild with elegance and poise, the Baringo Giraffe is a beauty to behold. However, it’s the second most endangered species of giraffes in Africa, with roughly 700 giraffes existing in the wild today. Without the conservation efforts of the Giraffe Centre in Lang’ata, Nairobi and many […]Read more "The Giraffe Centre in Lang’ata, Nairobi"
Women’s participation in politics in South Africa left an indelible mark on history. From forming pre-schools and literacy classes in their communities to the historic 1956 Women’s March at the Union Buildings, women civil rights activists were fearless and determined in their fight for freedom and equality. Take a walk with me down memory to […]Read more "Women who played a prominent role in South Africa’s history (part 2)"
In December 1961, Arthur Goldreich, a member of the South African Communist Party, moved to Liliesleaf Farm with his family. The farm was a semi-rural smallholding in located in Rivonia, which was an affluent, White only suburb in northern Johannesburg that consisted of mostly farm land. The Goldreich family presented themselves as the typical wealthy […]Read more "Liliesleaf Farm Museum in Johannesburg"
As soon as I arrived at the Cape Coast Castle Museum, located in the Central Region in Ghana, I knew that the visit wouldn’t be an easy one. The horror of the slave trade and the injustice that African people suffered is a painful thing to grapple with. As I went through the 45-minute tour, […]Read more "A visit to Cape Coast Castle Museum in Ghana"
South African anti-apartheid activist, Albertina Sisulu, once said, “Without women in every struggle, there is no progress.” Women have played a significant role in South Africa’s fight for freedom and equality – from keeping families together amid the injustices of apartheid to organising mass protests in the fight against unjust laws. Let’s take a walk […]Read more "Women who played a prominent role in South Africa’s history"
This article is a continuation of part 1, which looked at the history of seven of South Africa’s famous chiefs and kings that ruled various kingdoms before and at the start of colonialism in the Southern African region. Let’s take a look at the next seven kings and chiefs that fought for the kingdoms’ survival, […]Read more "The history of South Africa’s chiefs and kings (part 2)"