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Call for South Africans to preserve our indigenous heritage and knowledge during Heritage Month

September not only marks the beginning of spring - the season of new beginnings - but also the commemoration of South Africa’s Heritage Month, when the nation celebrates and recognises the cultural and social wealth and diversity of South Africa.

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

Starry-eyed under a Shared Sky

Indigenous astronomy in the southern hemisphere colourfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction; ancient humans used the stars scientifically to track seasons and navigate, but also wove magical myths about the origins of the universe based on the shining spheres. The Shared Sky exhibition captures these stories in handmade quilts and textiles.

Rooibos tea is good for you

A study at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has found that rooibos tea has helped to prevent liver damage in rats that had the liver-damaging chemical tert-butyl hydroperoxide. The tea may even reverse some of the damage done to the organ, it was found.
Rooibos takes the fight to diabetes

Limpopo Youth Orchestra releases album

An ambitious project to bring music to the poor of Limpopo, and grow well-rounded children, has borne fruit. The Limpopo Youth Orchestra has recorded its first CD.

SA engineer gets Zulu technical

A South African electrical engineer turned author has developed 480 new Zulu words to explain contemporary science and technology terms.

Bill to empower Khoisan community

Bill to empower Khoisan community

President Jacob Zuma has lauded Adam Kok I, the Griqua leader who stood up to the colonial authorities 300 years ago, as "one of the greatest warriors ever produced by our country", and said a new Bill would empower South Africa's indigenous Khoi, San, Nama, Korana and Griqua communities.

South African film wins at Tribeca

New York's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival has named the South African film Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here the best narrative short film.
New Afrikaans film a hit

Call for ‘social wealth’ photos

Majority World, an organisation that aims to encourage and support indigenous photographers from the developing world, is inviting photographers to submit work that highlights the cultural and social wealth of their countries.
MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library

Indigenous literary classics reprinted

Indigenous literary classics reprinted

The National Library is reprinting literary classics in South Africa's indigenous languages, with 27 titles already reprinted, including the works of poet laureate Samuel Mqhayi and writers Sibusiso Nyembezi, ML Bopape, SP Lekaba and TN Maumela.
Plant remedies get R30m boost

Plant remedies get R30m boost

The US National Institutes of Health has awarded R30-million over four years to a South African research centre to study indigenous local plants used by traditional healers to fight HIV-induced ailments - and to tap those healers' extensive knowledge of medicinal plants.

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