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A customer visits one of two refillery stores that Wakanda Food Accelerator set up in shipping containers in the township of Alex as part of a project called Gcwalisa. PHOTO COURTESY OF WAKANDA FOOD ACCELERATOR

Fit to be king

Lilli Dellheim '25 M.A., Special to the Hawk July 13, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – Miles Kubheka, a food entrepreneur and systems-change enthusiast, has a history of finding inspiration and solutions hidden in plain sight.  “I think I knew I wanted...

Precious Maleka (left), a social worker at LIV Thokomala, and Khethiwe Mtshali (right), a foster mother, play a game outside the home where Mtshali currently cares for four children. PHOTO: LILLI DELHEIM, M.A. 25/THE HAWK

Foster mother provides forever home to vulnerable children

Hannah Pajtis, Features Editor July 7, 2024

Vosloorus, South Africa – Khethiwe Mtshali’s home looks like any house filled with children: school portraits positioned on counters, My Little Pony toys atop the TV, well-adored teddy bears nestled...

A project is displayed in the alleyway at Mimosa School, where children have been engaged in research and ideas for how to improve the space. PHOTO: ZACH PODOLNICK 26/THE HAWK

Young students tapped for public alleyway project

Maximilian Murphy '26, Special to the Hawk July 5, 2024

Auckland Park, South Africa – About 25 children and a handful of parents gathered June 11 in the alley at the back of a suburban elementary school for an update on a beautification project the children...

Donning their Durban Sharks kits for the first time following their capping ceremony, the U16 Sharks players hone their skills during a training session. PHOTO: ZACH PODOLNICK 26/THE HAWK

‘There is a future for girls’ rugby’

Maximus Fisher, Sports Writer July 3, 2024

Durban, South Africa – Forty-six athletes took a step towards a better future for women’s rugby June 23 at the Hollywoodbets Kings Park Stadium, home to the Durban Sharks, a professional rugby union...

Makatleho (Anna) Maseko cooks a pizza at Kasi Pizza, her garage-turned-pizza restaurant in Mautse, a township in the Free State province. PHOTO: MAXIMILIAN MURPHY 26/THE HAWK.

Township pizza spot runs on hard work, dreams

Hannah Pajtis and Lilli Dellheim '25 M.A. July 1, 2024

Mautse, South Africa - On the first day she opened Kasi Pizza at the end of 2022, Makatleho (Anna) Maseko sold every one of the 80 pizzas she had prepared in her small kitchen. Maseko operates Kasi...

Kabelo, one of eight men who live in South Africas first-ever reclaimer camp, shows the space where he sorts his collection of recyclables. PHOTO: ZACH PODOLNICK ’26/THE HAWK

Reclaiming dignity

Anna Kalafatis '22, Staff Writer June 25, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – In the shadow of a multi-story office building, eight men emerge from a small wooden cabin at 4 a.m. each Monday through Thursday. They don reflective jumpsuits and head...

Bookseller Henry Mugo says he loves selling books because it allows him to talk about literary works with customers at his book stand in central Johannesburg. PHOTO: ZACH PODOLNICK ’26/THE HAWK

Booksellers strive to decolonize literary landscape

Hannah Pajtis, Features Editor June 24, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – When browsing the young adult section of Book Circle Capital, readers won’t come across J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” or Suzanne Collins’...

Poet Rabbie Serumula reads annotations left by his father in the back of a Louis LAmour novel as part of a monthly poetry series he helped to start at the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. PHOTO: THE HAWK

Poet aims to ‘spread the love’ at nature reserve

Kiley O'Brien, Assistant Features Editor June 21, 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa – On a chilly Sunday morning in early June, poet Rabbie Serumula stood under a lapa, a thatched roof pavilion, near the top of the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, with an...

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...

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...

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