Legend of the Month: Joseph Shabalala

Earlier this year Dr Joseph Shabalala, founder of the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was honoured at the inaugural Amagugu Esizwe event‚ which recognises those men and women who have played a significant role in arts and culture in eThekwini. ‘Amagugu esizwe’ loosely translates to ‘Jewel of the Nation’, and that really is what Shabalala is to this country! Only a handful of South African artists have been awarded a prestigious Grammy Award, but Ladysmith Black Mambazo have not one, but four […]

Durban: South Africa’s Most Liveable City

Cape Town may be referred to as the ‘Mother City’, but it seems that Durban’s the head of the household when it comes to South Africa’s most liveable city! For the third year running Durban has been voted as the the South African city with the highest quality of life, according to Mercer’s 2017 Quality of Living Survey. The survey, which is used by multinational companies as a benchmark for paying […]

Gift of the Givers: Bringing South Africans Home

As the largest disaster relief organisation on the continent, Gift of the Givers (GOTG) are well known in South Africa for the work that they do during times of crisis. After the recent fires in Kysna the foundation was quick to respond to the countless people who had been left homeless, and again when a fire broke out in the informal township of Imizamo Yethu, the GOTG team was there to provide relief. But what a lot of people aren’t […]

City Library Reopens

By 2030 eThekwini Municipality aims to be Africa’s most liveable and caring city. Efficient and useful public services are one of the ways that the municipality can improve residents’ experience of the city, and in line with this thinking container libraries have been erected in Gugu Dlamini Park, next door to Durban’s popular Workshop shopping centre.

The semi-permanent structures, which offer visitors free WiFi, access to current newspapers and a book exchange, are part […]

Legend of the Month: Ndikho Xaba

Despite the limitations that apartheid put on black South African musicians, and in fact sometimes because of it, there still exist a fair number of local musicians whose names are familiar with music fans, both in South Africa and abroad. But sadly this is not true in the case of Ndikho Xaba, our Legend of the Month for July. Many South Africans will never even have heard the name […]

Dare To Share!

Last week Friday the Denis Hurley Centre played host to what has become an annual event, I Dare To Share. In conjunction with I Care, hundreds of Durbanites ‘dared to share’ Durban after dark, with three hundred and fifty homeless citizens of Durban, and one hundred non-homelesss, people sharing a night of food, music and fellowship at the centre. About half of the attendees also spent the night sleeping side by side […]

Durban International Film Festival

The 38th Durban International Film Festival kicked off last week with the South African premier of Serpent taking place on Thursday evening. The Festival, which this year focuses on the stories of refugees and immigrants, with the theme of ‘Transit Tales’, is the continent’s largest film festival, and a real jewel in Durban’s crown. While the festival shows films from across the globe, there is a definite emphasis on African cinema, […]

Desmond Makhanya (isiZulu)

Ngokukhulu ukudabuka simemezela ukudlula emhlabeni kukaDesmond Makhanya oyi- 2013 eThekwini Living Legend. UMakhanya wazelelwa eduze nase Adam’s Mission ngo 1935, wadlula emhlabeni mhla ziyi 16 July 2016, eneminyaka engu 80. Ushiye emhlabeni unkosikazi wakhe, izingane ezinhlanu kanye nabazukulu abahlanu.

Waqala isikole samabanga aphansi eneminyaka eyisikhombisa e-Adams College, eyesizukulwane sesine emndenini wakhe ukufunda khona. Wafunda kulelikolishi waze waqeda umatikuletsheni ngonyaka ka1954. Ubenobudlelwano nalesikhungo esidumile sezemfundo impilo yakhe yonke, esesigungwini sokuphatha sesikole kusukela ngo 1999-2006. Njengomuntu owazibeka njengosomlando noma ngokubhala umlando walelikolishi ubaziwa […]

Legend of the Month: Obed Mbatha

Obed Mbatha is living proof that life is what we make of it. Not many people could imagine achieving serious prestige working as a doorman, but as with everything he does in life, Obed has given his all to his role of head doorman of the prestigious Hilton Hotel in Durban, and the results are awe inspiring! In addition to being the recipient of an eThekwini Living Legend […]

The Family of a Thousand Hills

It’s a strange thing, to think what drives someone to devote their life to the good of others, while most of us just struggle to look after ourselves and our immediate family. But for Dawn Leppan, the community in need was her family, having grown up in Drummond, overlooking the Valley of a Thousand Hills. While its name hints at the beauty of these rolling hills located about 40 kilometres outside of Durban, it belies the abject poverty […]