History

Chineke! Orchestra honours Paul Stephenson at Malcolm X Centre

When I asked him about the process of being commissioned to respond to a topic (no less, a person who will see the work) Wilson said he read Stephenson’s biography, spent a lot of time researching and watched everything he could find about the Bristol bus boycotts.


19 May 2019 0

Interview with Baroness Valerie Amos

I Interviewed Baroness Valerie Amos on her visit to Bristol to accept an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Bristol. Amos told me all about her numerous honorary degrees,…
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19 May 2019 0

Anti-Apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada visits the University of Johannesburg

Kathrada spent 18 years as a political prisoner on Robben Island and another eight at Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison in Cape Town for his anti-apartheid activism. He was a very close friend of former President Nelson Mandela and upon his release, was elected to parliament.


28 March 2014 0

Art Deco in Johannesburg

Rogers Cooke designed many theatres and cinemas in Gauteng and the creative crowd followed him to Auckland Park. Everyone who was anyone in the arts and entertainment industry seemed to have a connection with the spot.


3 March 2014 0

An Iron Age History of Melville, Johannesburg

The first people to settle in the Johannesburg area in large numbers seem to have been Iron Age Tswana-speakers. These early ‘Joburgers’ came from the Magaliesburg Valley north of Johannesburg about 800 years ago, though they probably came from northern Tanzania over 1 500 years ago.


21 February 2014 0

Make Pinnacle a heritage and eco-tourism site

The history of Rastafari in Jamaica is marred by not so sweet stories. Nevertheless, sweeping it under the rug does the country no good and clearly says “Jamaica is still ashamed of Rastafari”. While the Jamaican establishment laments Rasta’s lack of political mobilisation and the fact that they often operate on the fringes of the economy, there is no denying the deep cultural impact they have had on the island.


9 February 2014 0

Are Joburg’s densification plans environmentally sound?

The city’s Corridor of Freedom plans to go through this area in its bid to develop Johannesburg as an easily commutable city. It hopes to dismantle the spatial and social legacy of apartheid characterised by racial segregation by creating easily accessible, high-density developments to break down the barriers of isolation and exclusion.


25 November 2013 0

Environmental implication of Joburg’s mining history

The epicentre of the tremor was said to be beneath UJ’s Auckland Park campus by the Council for Geoscience but Dr van Niekerk suspects that a more accurate analysis would find the tremor started at a nearby mine shaft.

“It is very difficult to come up with an epicentre because it takes a lot of reading data, but there are no old mine shafts underneath the university itself so it is highly unlikely. UJ may just have been used as it is a recognisable landmark. Now, if you go just over Brixton hill to the southern side of Brixton Ridge, there are many abandoned open mines. If these mine shafts collapse, they will obviously cause the place to shake.”


18 November 2013 0

A history of the environment of Fairland, Johannesburg

The trees were planted in diagonal rows to mimic the design of the British flag. Today, the layout can be seen from Google Maps Satellite view, though some of the trees are no longer in place.


24 September 2013 1

Marcus Garvey Inspiration

Marcus Garvey is the foremost black conscious political figure from the 19th century onwards. Even though he was pretentious, grandiose, maybe even delusional in what he thought he could achieve,…
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30 May 2013 0