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The Meaning of Africa Month

  Africa month celebrations offers us an opportunity: To reflect on our origins, history, culture and identity To embark on a journey of rediscovery, reconstruction and development To root ourselves in our common humanity (Ubuntu/Botho) To rediscover our inherent light and shed it upon others to become the servants of light ...Read more

The meaning and importance of the Initiate Festival

The African Calendar’s Lunar Year, which has its roots in Karaism,  has three very important festivals The Lunar year is divided into three seasons of four months each. These are the ploughing (akhtel) harvest (faro) and initiation (shemu) seasons. The Initiate Festival falls from May until August. The season starts on 1 May – the birthday of the mother of the sun (Mara...Read more

The importance of the Autumn Equinox in the African Calendar

March sees the arrival of the Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. As the equator runs across her middle, Africa experiences both and has celebrated them from her earliest beginnings. The Autumn Equinox, which falls on the 20 March, in the Southern hemisphere, officially marks the end of summer, and the beginning of winter. Althoug...Read more

The Chinese New Year - Celebrating nature, family and the world

By Zheng Wen (Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of China in South Africa) February 8 will see the most important traditional Chinese festival -- Chinese New Year, which is also called Lunar New Year. Celebrated for thousands of years, Lunar New Year contains profound Chinese culture. Celebrating Nature ...Read more

The country's challenge is not drought but ignorance

  In the past two weeks South Africa was thrown into panic by reports of water shortages and prospects of a long drawn drought. In the 1960s schools taught that when it’s hot the ocean boils and water evaporates into the air and form the clouds that bring rains. Today some are attributing drought to climate change and millions of rands have alrea...Read more

Maphungubwe Legacy Project

The thousand year old Iron Age Site, Maphungubwe in Limpopo Province, was the location for a Heritage Indaba held on June 5 and 6 2015 to launch the Maphungubwe Legacy Project. The Heritage Indaba brought together government departments, municipalities, civil societies, traditional leaders and health practitioners to engage on heritage matters and develop common strategies to preserve a...Read more

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African History Month Symposium and Celebrations 27 February 2015

The African History Month Symposium and Celebration was held on the 27 February 2015 at Kara Heritage Institute

Madimatle Mountain SHRA's Decision.

Appeasing the ancestors has trumped an Australianmining company's attempts to mine iron ore in the Thabazimbi area of Limpopo. Aquila Steel SA, a subsidiary of an Australian company, wants to open an iron ore minein an area regarded by many residents and traditional healers as sacred. The mine would create about 450 jobs. But, in a ruling lat...Read more

25 December: A celebration of rebirth throughout history

Many ancient African ideologies, traditions and beliefs have been assimilated into European and Western culture. A most notable example of this inheritance is the globally celebrated 'festive season' culminating on Christmas Day. Today, the entire festive season is a time when many people, both in Africa and across the world, enjoy the festivities without fully understanding the meaning...Read more

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