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 […]

Celebrating our Freedom


This coming Wednesday marks Freedom Day, possibly one of the most important days that we recognise as a democratic South Africa. It was on the 27th April 1994 that the residents of eThekwini, along with the rest of the country, stood in queues to cast their votes in the country’s very first non-racial elections. It was the official rebirth of our nation, and this year Durban is celebrating it with the Spirit […]

The Melvin Peters Quartet

If you live in Durban and have attended your fair share of concerts it’s likely that at some point you’ve listened to the soothing tunes of 2010 eThekwini Living Legend, Melvin Peters. Peters, who’s worked alongside the likes of musical greats Dave Brubeck and Abdullah Ibrahim, also regularly supports local Durban musicians, as well as performing as part of The Melvin Peters Quartet. The jazz musicians who make up the quartet have […]

Mhlophe’s Memories

Mhlope400Dr Gcina Mhlophe, activist, author, playwright and eThekwini Living Legend (amongst other things!), announced last year her plans to set up an oral history museum in Durban. “My own people have named me Gcinamasiko, which means the keeper of heritage; I wear this name like a blanket and honour it with my being”, Mhlophe said when talking of her plans to establish the Khumbulani Memory House, which is to be set up in Pixley House in the Durban […]

Sleep When You’re Dead!

It’s not really clear when 2014 eThekwini Living Legend, Jay Pather, has time to sleep! Already the Director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre and curator of the Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, Pather has now taken up the role of Director of Afrovibes. Primarily based in the Netherlands this arts festival sees both young pioneers and established talent […]

Denis Hurley Centre Officially Opened

While the new Denis Hurley Centre has been up and running for a while now the building was only officially opened towards the end of last year, with guests the likes of Ela Ghandi, and KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, amongst those attending the ceremony on what would have been Archbishop’s Hurley’s 100th birthday. The man behind this centre which houses a number of social welfare programmes, including a feeding scheme and a clinic for the indigent, is none other than 2014 eThekwini Living Legend,