The Order of the Luthuli in Gold – Mhlabunzima Joseph Maphumulo

Last month, the Presidency of South Africa awarded the Order of the Luthuli in Gold posthumously to Inkosi Mhlabunzima Joseph Maphumulo. The order “is awarded to South Africans who have served the interests of South Africa by making a meaningful contribution in any of the following areas: the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice,Continue reading “The Order of the Luthuli in Gold – Mhlabunzima Joseph Maphumulo”

On Power, Politics, and Oral History

This is the first of oral history scraps that may or may not become a series depending on my dedication.*  Today, I juxtapose two powerful excerpts on power – on politics and development. But they are also comments about history and the conditions of power within oral history interviews (for readings, see below). In this first snippet,Continue reading “On Power, Politics, and Oral History”

View of Table Mountain from Bishop Colenso’s House, Natal

“Painting 364” Kicking off the new website & blog with this image of my research area from the Kew Marianne North Online Gallery. North visited Bishop Colenso’s home sometime during her 14 years of travel between 1871 and 1885. Her South African paintings are lovely, but I am of course partial to this one of TableContinue reading “View of Table Mountain from Bishop Colenso’s House, Natal”