Can Sangomas be Christian?

2014-03-24 09:37

Religion is a very sensitive topic that can create a wedge between families and communities.

African language pilot policy continues

2014-02-25 08:16

The basic education department says its African language pilot policy, which is aimed at incrementally introducing African languages in schools, is continuing.

Fendi catwalk drones a fashion first

2014-02-20 21:33

Italian luxury brand Fendi has deployed three drones to film its catwalk show at Milan Fashion Week - a first for the fashion world that divided spectators.

Religious attire banned from Cape Town school

2014-02-14 16:05

Pupils of all religions and nationalities have been prohibited from wearing traditional attire at the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, its deputy principal says.

Graphic circumcision website causes furore

2014-01-28 13:12

Chilling images of deformed penises on a website slamming botched traditional circumcisions in South Africa have raised the ire of cultural commentators.(Warning: website contains graphic images)

Sangomas and Christianity: Can the two coexist?

2014-01-21 13:30

Religion is a very sensitive topic that can create a wedge between families and communities.

Makaziwe Mandela ignorant - AbaThembu

2014-01-20 09:43

Former president Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, is ignorant of her family's history and is not up to date with her family, culture, customs and traditions, the AbaThembu royal house says.

Presidency - Zuma does not do witchcraft

2014-01-10 22:26

A media report that President Jacob Zuma practised witchcraft was "ridiculous and misleading", the presidency says.

Mourning ribbons spark new Mandela fracas

2014-01-05 20:28

Fresh hostilities have broken out in the family of the late former president Nelson Mandela - this time over mourning ribbons.

'I am not my hair!'

2013-12-27 10:28

Hair can be a very complicated thing for women, and for black and coloured women, even more so.

Two die at N West initiation school

2013-12-22 21:06

Two youths have died at an initiation school in Makwaneng, Amalia, North West police say.

Storm blamed on Mandela's spirit

2013-12-17 22:18

Residents of a town in Mpumalanga who were left homeless when a storm tore through the area, believe it was the hand of late president Nelson Mandela passing over them.

Tradition to take centre stage at Mandela burial

2013-12-12 19:46

Traditional Xhosa rites, including the slaughtering of an ox, will accompany Nelson Mandela's burial in his boyhood home of Qunu.

Music, porn, swearing (and kids)

2013-11-07 09:33

How music videos cause kids to (unwittingly) swear and make rude gestures.

Trafalgar adds value to stop-over hotspots

2013-11-05 11:50

Dubai or Abu Dhabi's appeal seems to be extending beyond just the stop-over destination, thanks to travel and carrier partners who are upping the value ante.

Thousands re-enact Battle of Nations

2013-10-20 21:02

About 6 000 history buffs have re-enacted the Battle of Nations in Leipzig to mark the 200th anniversary of the largest battle in Europe prior to World War I.

Traditional Courts Bill back to provinces

2013-10-15 14:39

The Traditional Courts Bill will not be withdrawn, even though most provinces have rejecting the proposed law.

English-only comments distorted - Jansen

2013-10-02 13:01

UFS rector Professor Jonathan Jansen says his comments that English should be used as the medium of education, and that exclusively Afrikaans schools are a threat to race relations, were distorted.

FFPlus: Heritage day an opportunity for all

2013-09-24 20:18

Heritage Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the rich variety of cultures and heritage in South Africa, the FFPlus has said.

Ramphele: SA has lost its direction

2013-09-24 18:29

South Africa has lost its direction, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele says.

Court dismisses woman's marriage bid

2013-09-07 17:00

Court has dismissed an application by a woman to force the Home Affairs department to register a customary marriage between her and her deceased partner, it has been reported.

Tribalism blamed for Limpopo protests

2013-09-03 17:51

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha has blamed the violent protests that erupted in the Thulamela local municipality this week on tribalism.

Porn found on man filming reed dance

2013-09-02 08:08

Child pornography has been found on the laptop and cellphone of a man found hiding in bushes and filming Zulu maidens as they bathed during the reed dance festival in KwaZulu-Natal, police say.

Hold government accountable - MEC

2013-08-14 08:08

Traditional leaders should hold government accountable if it fails to improve the lives of rural communities, the North West local government MEC says.

2 appear for illegal initiation school

2013-08-07 21:05

Two men accused of running an illegal initiation school in Windsorton, Northern Cape, has appeared in the Barkly West Magistrate's Court.


You can’t wear that!

2014-03-10 11:28

Having the freedom to choose what we wear and who we marry should be a concern of our own, not our government, right?

Celebrate mother tongue: Mashatile

2014-02-21 22:29

South Africans should use and cherish their mother tongue to promote diversity, Culture Minister Paul Mashatile says.

Cicrumcision website ruling upheld

2014-02-19 07:21

A Film and Publication Board ruling that a website has the right to publish graphic images of botched traditional circumcisions was upheld by the Appeal Tribunal.

FPB clears botched circumcision website

2014-02-02 16:31

The Film and Publication Board has ruled that a website has the right to publish graphic images of botched traditional circumcisions, City Press reports.

North West to elect new traditional councils

2014-01-24 10:34

North West residents will be heading to the polls at the weekend to elect new traditional councils in three districts.

Can Sangomas be Christian?

2014-01-20 14:33

Religion is a very sensitive topic that can create a wedge between families and communities.

Mbeki: We must bury the demon of tribalism

2014-01-14 10:24

Former president Thabo Mbeki has criticised tribalism and its role in politics, saying it perpetuates corruption.

Zuma contributes to Zulu bible translation

2014-01-06 11:49

The Jacob Zuma Foundation has teamed up with the Roman Catholic Church to translate the original Greek and Hebrew bible to IsiZulu, according to a report.

Meeting called over initiation deaths

2014-01-05 12:12

The co-operative governance and traditional affairs department has summoned all Mpondo chiefs to a meeting after yet another deadly circumcision season in the Eastern Cape.

Modise condemns illegal initiation schools

2013-12-22 22:11

North West Premier Thandi Modise has called for a clamp down on illegal initiation schools following the death of two initiates.

Zuma: Venda women show respect

2013-12-20 10:02

President Jacob Zuma has said he would marry a Venda woman if he was not already married to his four wives because they "even lie down to show respect for other people".

Tribal rituals at Mandela's funeral

2013-12-14 17:32

The state funeral for anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will include those rituals from the tradition of the Xhosa people, to whom Mandela's Thembu clan belongs.

Placenta for lunch

2013-11-30 09:00

Burned, buried or served as soup... after the birth, what happens to the afterbirth?

Trafalgar adds value to stop-over hotspots

2013-11-05 15:45

Dubai or Abu Dhabi's appeal seems to be extending beyond just the stop-over destination, thanks to travel and carrier partners who are upping the value ante.

Turkey's first online Islamic sex shop opens

2013-10-21 16:31

An online Islamic sex shop selling condoms, massage oils and perfumes has been launched in Turkey, becoming the first of its kind in the predominantly Muslim country.

Egyptian family rejects Israel recognition

2013-10-20 17:09

A member of the family of the first Arab honoured by Israel for risking his life to save Jews during the Holocaust has said the family isn't interested in the recognition.

Oktoberfest: 6.7 million litres of beer later

2013-10-06 22:31

Germany has wrapped up its world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival, reporting that 6.4 million visitors drank 6.7 million litre-sized Mass glasses over 16 days.

Soldier registers 3 customary marriages

2013-10-01 12:32

A court has permitted a Thaba Tshwane soldier to register his three customary marriages with the home affairs department meaning they can all now receive spousal benefits from the SANDF.

Heritage day celebrated in KZN

2013-09-24 18:43

Thousands of people have been gathering at the Marburg stadium in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, for Heritage Day celebrations.

Sudan woman risks flogging to protest law

2013-09-08 21:26

A Sudanese woman has said that she is prepared to be flogged to defend the right to leave her hair uncovered in defiance of a "Taliban"-like law.

India: 1 woman killed per hour over dowry

2013-09-03 20:35

An Indian report says a woman dies every hour in disputes over how much her family has paid in dowry to the groom for her marriage.

Bull sarcophagi burn in mass cremation

2013-09-02 20:19

Scores of people have been cremated in a Hindu ceremony in Bali, with crowds of mourners watching as bull-shaped sarcophagi went up in flames.

Longer school day to teach 3rd language

2013-08-21 13:17

Pupils may have to spend up to an hour longer at school each day in order to accommodate the teaching of a third - African – language, according to a draft proposal.


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Initiation deaths likened to genocide

2013-08-06 10:26

An Eastern Cape senior traditional leader has likened the AmaMpondo nation's initiation death toll to genocide.

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