Sathyandranath Ragunanan ‘Mac’ Maharaj

Reading about the life of 2016 eThekwini Living Legends awardee, Mac Maharaj, brings two things to mind: there are some people in life who are truly motivated by a calling; and the ANC, operating during apartheid, was indeed a complicated, intelligent machine that involved high level operations beyond what most South Africans were aware of.

Although now retired from politics, Mac Maharaj still considers himself a dedicated member of the ANC. During his some fifty years in politics Maharaj filled a variety of […]

Legend of the Month: Phuzekhemisi

With Durban all set to host the Metro FM music awards this weekend, it seems a good time to honour Maskandi musician, and 2014 eThekwini Living Legend, Phuzekhemisi. Born Zibokwakhe Johnstone Mnyandu, Mnyandu’s stage name, Phuzekhemisi, translates to ‘drink the medicine’. It’s often interpreted as a reference to the truths that Phuzekhemisi speaks in his music, but according to the musician the nickname was given to him by his friends.  “I got the […]

Fighting for Women & Girls in Science

In a bid to highlight the importance of fighting gender bias the 11th February each year marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. In line with this thinking, 2016 eThekwini Living Legend, and Minister of Science & Technology, Naledi Pandor, recently announced the establishment of 42 new chairs reserved for women applicants at research institutions across the country. The newly appointed chairs come from areas of research ranging from pediatric tuberculosis, to childhood sexuality and indigenous medicinal plants. The researchers will […]

HIV Museum for Durban

An HIV museum might seem like a bit of a strange concept, but given that the virus has been active in the South African population for going on thirty-five years now, and that South Africa has the highest number of HIV-positive people in the world, with the virus being most prevalent in KwaZulu-Natal, it’s something that makes complete sense. HIV and Aids are very much part of our recent history, and sadly, will still feature in South […]

Denis Hurley Centre, Exhibition Opening

This month sees the opening of a new permanent exhibition on the life and career of Archbishop Denis Hurley. The exhibition will be housed in the new Denis Hurley Centre, a building made possible by the tireless fundraising and campaigning efforts of 2014 eThekwini Living Legend, Paddy Kearney. The new centre, which opened its doors the beginning of 2015, continues a century-long tradition of caring for members of the community through its feeding schemes, medical clinic and adult education classes.

The […]

Vejaynand Ramlakan, A True Living Legend!

Not many doctors have lived lives quite as exciting (or impressive) as Lieutenant General Vejaynand Ramlakan. Popularly referred to as Vejay, the now retired medical doctor has been through military training, seen the inside of Robben Island as a political prisoner, and was the personal doctor to former South African president, Nelson Mandela. As a member of uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), Ramlakan transferred across to the South African National Defence Force when MK was incorporated into it in 1994. Having systematically worked his way up the […]

Gift of the Givers & SAFMBackToSchool

Typically when we think of aid agencies we imagine them working in war-torn countries or helping out when disaster strikes, but what happens to the people left behind once the hype has died down, and people have moved onto the next news story? Gift of the Givers, recipients of a 2016 Living Legends award, provide ongoing to support to people who need it most, like the learners at Marikana Primary School. An area already punished by poverty was worsened […]

Alzina Zondi, A Name to Remember

Every year the eThekwini Municipality calls for submissions from the public for people they think are deserving of a Living Legend Award. Nominations come from far and wide, with recipients of the prestigious award ranging from Members of Parliament to wonderfully eccentric doormen who do our city proud. It is through this public process that we get to discover and celebrate unsung heroes; people who have done so much for so little in return.

Tu Nokwe: No Rest for the Wicked

It’s a bit exhausting to read the antics of the wonderfully talented Tu Nokwe, recipient of a 2016 eThekwini Living Legends award. Born into a family of musicians Tu has spent her life surrounded by music, and it seems has never stopped adding to frenetic creativity that surrounds her famous family. With a jazz musician for a father, and an opera singer for a mother, it would have been surprising […]

Cedric Nunn: Continuing to Unsettle

You get all sorts of photographers – people who take photos for weddings, for fashion shoots, of interiors, for art itself – and the reasons for taking photographs are just as varied. For some the need to not only capture what’s happening in society, but to make a lasting impression on viewers, and perhaps even bring about real change, is what drives them to take photographs. This is the case with Cedric Nunn, photographer, political activist, and recipient of a […]