Naledi Pandor, Offering Hope

naledi-pandor1Anyone who’s ever heard Naledi Pandor speak will understand why the current Minister of Science and Technology has been honoured with an eThekwini Living Legends award. Despite her family having been forced into exile in the early 1960s, Naledi Pandor has spent the majority of her adult life focused on education in South Africa, and the important role that it plays in bringing about real social and economic transformation.

Whether it’s encouraging young women to participate […]

KZN Society for the Blind

Every year, as part of eThekwini Living Legends, the city chooses to honour one or more organisations that have contributed in a meaningful way to Durban and its residents. This year the KwaZulu-Natal Society for the Blind received an award for the work they do in assisting people with total or partial loss of sight.

Most of us will be aware of the weaving work that members of the Society do, as well as the shop in Umbilo which […]

2016 Living Legends Videos

videosLast month the ICC in Durban played host to the ninth annual eThekwini Living Legends awards evening, but for those of you who weren’t able to attend we’ve compiled a series of videos featuring each of our 2016 Living Legends. Just click on the Videos tab on the menu bar and the latest video will appear. To see which other videos are available for viewing click on the top left […]

The Highway Hospice: Extending its Reach

Most of us associate the Highway Hospice with cancer, because that’s what the organisation is best known for, but the Hospice offers palliative care for patients suffering from any life threatening disease that is no longer responsive to curative treatment, not just cancer. And not only do they minimise the suffering of the ill, but also that of family members who require counselling and support – often it’s hardest for the people left behind. Based in […]

2016 Ethekwini Living Legends Announced

2016 Living LegendsAt a prestigious awards evening held on Saturday 3rd September, the category winners for the ninth annual eThekwini Living Legends Awards were announced.  Hosted by the eThekwini Municipality, together with partners, Old Mutual and uKhozi FM, the event honoured ten worthy past or current residents of eThekwini for their contributions in arts and culture, sports, academia and human rights.

The list of outstanding awardees included Dr Sazi Dlamini, Tu Nokwe, Professor Kate Wells, Cedric Nunn, Obed […]

Desmond Makhanya: 14 September 1935–16 July 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of 2013 eThekwini Living Legend, Desmond Makhanya.  Makhanya, who was born near Adam’s Mission in 1935, passed away on the 16th July this year, at the age of 80. He is survived by his wife, five children and five grandchildren.

At age seven Desmond Makhanya began school in the infants section of Adams College, the fourth generation in his family to do so. He remained at the college until he matriculated in 1954, […]

2016 Living Legends Awards Ceremony

Tonight we are set for an amazing evening as the 9th eThekwini Living Legends Awards takes place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The eThekwini Living Legends Awards ceremony honours past and present eThekwini citizens who have diligently dedicated their time and skills to uplift communities and contributed immensely to developing the society at large. It aims to salute the inspirational and continuous contribution that these individuals have brought to local communities and South Africa as a […]

Navi Pillay: Champion for Human Rights

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and 2012 eThekwini Living Legend, Navi Pillay, recently appeared as the keynote speaker for the 2016 N. Sivalingam Memorial Lecture in Tamil Studies at York University, Canada. Pillay spoke on the topic of ‘Accountability and Justice for International Crimes: Challenges and Achievements’, drawing on her experiences and expertise with the UN, and her work as a judge for the International Criminal Court, to highlight how international legal systems can be used to deliver justice for […]

Legend of the Month: Caroline Smart

caroline-smart-2016Ethekwini Living Legends was established in 2008 and over the past eight years has celebrated some amazing local personalities. Our feature, Legend of the Month, serves as a reminder of all the great men and women that have been recipients of the award to date. And we thought, given that we’re in the middle of the Durban International Film Festival, it would make sense to start with 2012 Living Legends winner, Caroline Smart, […]

The Durban International Film Festival

Durban-international-film-fest-2016Durban is home to the continent’s longest running film festivals, with this past Thursday seeing the opening of the 37th Durban International Film Festival (Diff). After a long debate about the opening night film, the festival opened with The Journeymen by South African director, Sean Metelerkamp. The documentary, filmed on three chest-mounted GoPros, chronicles a 15,000-mile road trip across South Africa and offers a candid snapshot of a nation at a crossroads, looking back on two decades of post-apartheid democratic […]