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Students enjoy recess on a sunny winter day at Impala Crescent Primary school in Lenasia. PHOTO: ELISE WELSH 22

Pandemic exposes digital divide at elementary school

Katie Rosta August 19, 2022

Lenasia, South Africa — When schools shut down during the height of the pandemic in 2020, teachers at Impala Crescent Primary School, like many educators, had to quickly learn how to continue teaching...

Children will soon return from recess to a classroom in the main academic building at Livingstone Primary School. PHOTO: ELISE WELSH 22

School aims to fill gap for special needs students

Katie Rosta August 18, 2022

Durban, South Africa — A group of teachers huddled around a supply table filled with original art, 3D models and insect specimens in the Livingston Primary School library  Days before the winter...

S’bonelo Tau Luthuli, a contemporary traditional ceramicist, stands next to some of his work exhibited at Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. PHOTO: ALLIE MILLER 24/THE HAWK

Ceramicist’s art incorporates, honors Zulu traditions

Leslie Quan August 11, 2022

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa —  As a Black South African using ceramics as a medium to express himself and create art, S’bonelo Tau Luthuli stands out.  The primary use of ceramics...

Nonhlanhla Khoza (left) member of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature, and Lindiwe Zulu (right) minister of Social Development, visit Gail Schreiner (center) head social worker at Kerr House during the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in Nov. 2021. PHOTO: Courtesy of Gail Schreiner.

Women’s shelter works to provide holistic care for survivors of violence

Sara Garstka August 8, 2022

Durban, South Africa — Nestled in the Windermere neighborhood of Durban, Kerr House is a home for women and their children who need support following gender-based violence, abandonment, homelessness...

Ayanda Ntukwana (left) and Abram Moyaha (right) are based at SLEDs Johannesburg location. PHOTO: KATIE ROSTA 22/THE HAWK

Nonprofit connects deaf students to resources, history, community

Devin Yingling August 5, 2022

When covid-19 lockdowns hit South Africa in early 2020, Zoliswa Flekisi was focused on making sure deaf students still had access to information and education.  Flekisi, who is deaf, is a facilitator...

Coach Wandile Khumalo helps to lift Sanele Joyisa as her sister Bayanda Mkhize attempts to throw the ball into play. PHOTO: KATIE ROSTA 22/THE HAWK

Former South African national rugby player shares sport that ‘saved’ him with girls he coaches

Nicholas Klingman August 1, 2022

Durban, South Africa – On a sunny but crisp winter day in June, a group of girls lined up facing one another in a field next to Mowat Park High School, each taking turns punting a rugby ball to their...

Alain Bolingo, a trader at the Art & Craft Market in Rosebank, said he makes wares with tourists in mind, but tourists have been in short supply during the pandemic. PHOTO: DEVIN YINGLING 22/THE HAWK

Popular Joburg market vendors hope for recovery after pandemic lulls

Elise Welsh July 29, 2022

Johannesburg, South Africa – Each Sunday, on the rooftop deck of a parking garage in the Rosebank Mall, over 200 traders set up tables to sell goods. After being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, these...

Author Judy Croome said many of her poems are about finding beauty in the mundane. PHOTO: MATEO CAPLIN 23/THE HAWK

South African poet writes to change perceptions

Leslie Quan July 27, 2022

Judy Croome is a South African poet, novelist and short story writer born in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe, to South African parents. After many years of being an accountant, Croome decided to turn to writing...

Sazi Jali founded TransHope in 2018 and runs the organization out of her home in Umlazi. PHOTO: LESLIE QUAN 22/THE HAWK

Trans organization aims to provide visibility, support

Allie Miller July 25, 2022

Umlazi, South Africa - The blue house behind the gate at the top of a steep driveway in the middle of Umlazi is a beacon of hope amid the troubles that surround it in the Black township of Umlazi, now...

Jo Rushby, owner of Ike’s bookstore in Durban, has seen more young people among her customers since the start of the pandemic. PHOTO: THE HAWK

Used bookstores turn the page on pandemic challenges

Allie Miller July 20, 2022

Johannesburg, South Africa — At the entrance to Collector’s Treasury, a bookstore in the Braamfontein neighborhood of Johannesburg, customers are greeted with a book-lined cement staircase and that...

Charles Khora leads children at a Saturday morning book club. PHOTO: DEVIN YINGLING 22/THE HAWK

Volunteers host weekly book club for children at Gandhi’s former home

Elise Welsh July 18, 2022

Bhambayi, South Africa ––  One Saturday morning in mid-June, Charles Khora gathered a group of children in a circle and had them join hands, just as he does every week. They ran back and forth...

Motsamai Cindi (top) and Lucky Nakaase (bottom) utilize sustainable building techniques to build a workshop. PHOTO: KATIE ROSTA 22/THE HAWK

Trainees learn sustainable building techniques on permaculture farm

Rosendal, South Africa — On a gray winter day in mid-June, Motsamai Cindi stood atop a half-finished sandbag wall, tempering sacks containing a mixture of 90% subsoil and 10% cement. Lucky Nakaase stood...

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