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 […]

We Are eThekwini

IMG_3619Ethekwini Living Legends celebrates our local heroes who contribute to the lives and life of eThekwini—in a sense it is as much about the place as it is about the people who occupy it. One of the landmarks in Durban is the KZNSA art gallery, which this year celebrates 20 years in Glenwood. The Society was founded in 1902, but only moved into their now iconic building in 1996. To commemorate this […]

Remembering June 16th

Yesterday marked the launch of Youth Month in South Africa, with 2014 eThekwini Living Legend, Minister Jeff Radebe, officially launching the Youth Month programme at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Radebe and Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthetwa, laid wreaths in front of the Hector Pieterson memorial, in honour of the 175 learners who lost their lives on the 16th June 1976.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto […]

African Renaissance Festival

Africa Day celebrations kicked off early this year in Durban with the launch of the African Renaissance Festival at the ICC on Saturday. The festival, which has been going since 1999, looks at ways of improving the social economic status of people on the continent, with the theme for this year being ‘Entrepreneurs of Africa’, a subject that’s very topical in today’s financial climate. 2014 eThekwini Living Legend, Minister Jeff Radebe, has been invited to address the African Renaissance […]

Get Up, Stand Up

Naidu-20141020121955927The 1950s and ’60s are famous for their protest action – whether it was a march to the union buildings to protest against South Africa’s pass laws, or the hundreds of thousands of men and women who walked to Washington DC to listen to Martin Luther King speak in support of freedom for all – internationally it’s known as a time in history when people stood up and fought back. Over time though society seemed to become […]

Durban By Durbanites

We’ve posted a few videos on Durban over the past few months, but when you live in a city as beautiful and rich as ours it’s hard not to want show it off! This latest video, entitled DbnByDurbanites, looks at the city through the eyes of locals. It shows the wonderful warmth and diversity of the people who live in and around Durban, and of course the natural beauty of our hometown.

Willowton’s Ongoing Commitment

It’s a well know fact that South Africa’s education system is failing its learners when it comes to maths and science. Ranked 138 out of 140 countries in the 2015/2016 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness report, there’s no getting away from the fact that our schools are in desperate need of help. Which is what makes the charitable work of 2014 eThekwini Living Legends, the Willowton Group, so important. Over the past few years the group have donated hundreds […]

Freedom Day 2016

Food-Music-Freedom_Shongweni-Market_C-WeedToday marks 22 years since South Africans participated in the first democratic elections, and to mark the occasion there will be celebrations across the country. In Durban residents can take a trip into the country for a festival of live music, shisa nyama, and artisanal food at the Shongweni Farmers Market, or wait until the weekend and attend the Spirit of Mzansi Music Festival taking place at the Playhouse Theatre. Durban […]