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Joanne Joseph talked to The Hawk about her latest book, Children of Sugarcane. PHOTO: DEVIN YINGLING 22/THE HAWK

South African author publishes novel about Indian indenture

Leslie Quan June 22, 2022

Joanne Joseph is an established South African news personality with more than 20 years of experience hosting radio and television shows for major South African broadcasters. In 2013, she published “Drug...

Number Four was built to house black and native prisoners, and was the most notorious section in the former the prison complex. PHOTO: Ryan Mulligan 21

Former prisons at ‘Con Hill’ offer a history of South Africa not taught in schools

On Constitution Hill in central Johannesburg sits both the ruins of one of the country’s most oppressive prisons and its highest court, the Constitutional Court, each contributing to the story of South...

Peter Joseph Cassidy, a priest with The Missionaries of Africa, leads a mass at Saint Kizito Catholic Church in Lenasia. PHOTO: The Hawk

Priest returns to country he loves that’s now grappling with ‘economic apartheid’

Cara Smith August 20, 2019

Lenasia, South Africa -- When Peter Joseph Cassidy, M. Afr., returned to South Africa last September after a 15-year absence from the country he had grown to love, he was hoping to see real change in the...

Educator Zanele Nsindane displays her students art. PHOTO: Sarah Harwick 21

Exhibition exposes young people from under-resourced schools to African art

Alex Hargrave August 1, 2019

Durban, South Africa -- For the students of Zanele Nsindane, an educator and head of the art department at Phakathi Secondary School in the township of Klaarwater, art offers an escape.  Some students...

Reggie Xaba, founder and managing director of the ZETU footwear company, designs African-themed shoes now sold in South Africa, Europe and North America. PHOTO: Sarah Harwick 21.

Shoe designer taps into traditional African design

Durban, South Africa — Tucked away on the second floor of a four-story shopping center in the Windermere suburb of Durban is a two-room office space lined with shoes.  This is the heart and sole of...

Xolani Jobe, senior lifeguard, speaks to new recruits at the Rachel Finlayson Swimming Pool on the Duran beachfront. Lifesaving South Africa, which will employ the trainees once they are certified, has made 126,492 rescues to date. PHOTO: Alex Hargrave 20

Black, female lifeguards challenge stereotypes on Durban’s beaches

Ryan Mulligan July 22, 2019

Durban, South Africa -- In a profession long dominated by white males, the new recruits in lifeguarding classes at Rachel Finlayson Swimming Pool in Durban stand out: They’re mostly black and female.  On...

Some women stepped out for fast food as they waited in line for hours at The Hair Trader PHOTO: Rose Barrett 20

Combing through sample sale at Durban hair shop

Ana Faguy June 27, 2019

Durban, South Africa—Hundreds of women lined Florida Road in central Durban on June 27, some waiting hours for a sample sale at The Hair Trader, a popular local wig shop. Some of the women had heard...

Doctors give patients better eyesight

Doctors give patients better eyesight

Carly Montecalvo July 30, 2018

Lenasia South, South Africa – Seventy-year-old Ruth Mckina sat quietly along with about a dozen other patients in a post-op room in the Lenasia South Community Health Centre, about 25 miles south of...

Cat ladies’ provide home for strays at charity shop

‘Cat ladies’ provide home for strays at charity shop

Erin Breen July 17, 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa -- Gail Millard, owner of the Bounty Hunters Charity Shop, didn’t remember the customer’s name, but she remembered the woman’s story. As the customer was dropping off...

Bochabela Violinist Blends Classical and Traditional Sounds

Bochabela Violinist Blends Classical and Traditional Sounds

Carly Montecalvo July 13, 2018

The Bochabela String Project, which introduces children from marginalized communities in South Africa to string instruments, is based at the musical training school, Musicon, in the city of Bloemfontein,...

Lebo Tshoma, an LGBTQ activist and entrepreneur, runs a small printing and design business in Kwa-Thema township east of Johannesburg. Photo by Alim Young 19

LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Find Success Amid Stigmas in South Africa

Catharine Kern July 10, 2018

Kwa-Thema, South Africa -- Lebo Tshoma, a 24-year-old woman living in Kwa-Thema, a township east of Johannesburg, runs a printing business out of her one-room metal shack that she shares with her 3-year-old...

Designer Bandile Langa (left), stylist Luthando Tshabalala (center) and designer Andile Langa (right) stand inside their upcycled denim clothing company stand at the Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival. Their clothing brand, Lime EFFects, was coined by twin brothers Andile and Brandile Langa while in high school. Photo by Erin Breen 19.

Festival Ends Month-Long Celebration of South Africa Youth

Natalie Drum July 8, 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa -- Artists, musicians, designers and entrepreneurs helped to host the sixth annual Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival in downtown Johannesburg, ending a month-long commemoration of...

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