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October 24, 2016

Query about Chief Goba

I am researching the history of the silent film in South Africa and am very keen to obtain information about an actor known only as Goba.  Between 1916 and 1917 he acted in four films for African Film Productions, but until recently nothing else was known about him.  However, one or two sources suggested that he came from a mission station in what was then Natal.

In recent weeks I have come across two more facts. Speaking to W.G. Faulkner of the London Evening News in May 1919, American actress Edna Flugrath, who had acted with him in De Voortrekkers, told Faulkner that Goba had died (in other words, since the films were released).  Also, when interviewed in The Sun of New York, American director Lorimer Johnston, who gave Goba his first role in A Zulu’s Devotion, tells the reporter that he had met a Chief Goba, who he said was an uncle of the young King Solomon.  Lorimer said that he had a letter from him in which Goba thanked him for the fame he had given him outside Zululand by showing his likeness in all parts of the world.  Johnston also said that at the time Goba was so old that he can’t reckon it, though he was still vigorous.  That would fit the image we have of the actor in surviving stills.

I realise that the name Goba is not uncommon, but do you think that it is possible that the actor and Chief Goba are one and the same?  Another possibility is that Johnston named the actor in tribute to the chief.

It’s something of a long shot, but it has always frustrated me that we know so little about him.  I’m hoping that someone associated with your website can shed some light on this.  Just to have the dates of Chief Goba’s birth and death would help.

With many thanks

Freddy Ogterop

Editor, South African Film (ESAT)
http://esat.sun.ac.za/index.php/Main_Page

July 26, 2016

Education about snakes in Inanda

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Nick Evans, of KZN Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, is starting up an initiative to educate the people in the Inanda area about snakes, joined by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Humans have always feared snakes, and conflict happens regularly. Nick is trying to change people’s perceptions of snakes, and trying to explain how humans and snakes can co-exist, for the safety of snakes and people.

 

If you would like Nick to come and talk at your school, or anywhere else, please email him at nickevanskzn@gmail.com

Snake rescue: 072 809 5806

20150704_102640www.kznamphibianreptileconservation.com  IMG_4688 Puff Adder, township in Durban North

July 4, 2016

Welcome to Inanda

NGONYAMA character and role playing as a taxi assistant, formally known as a “taxi conductor”

NGONYAMA character and role playing as a taxi assistant, formally known as a “taxi conductor”

Welcome to Inanda where men and women work hard day in day out to provide for their families that despite the unfavourable conditions they continue to go about their ways to better their lives and make ends meet. They seek for opportunities every day to make any income from nothing to something

This is a place where the youth should be encouraged not to turn a blind eye to each and every person standing in the corner selling our daily needed products, they might not be earning big wages and working highly profiled jobs but it is important that we identify the main aim which is to support their young children as priority. The youth still have a bright future ahead and therefore must be considered as upcoming future leaders, so it is vital for them to relate, follow these examples and apply them into their lives to maybe be inspired to initiate their careers or start their own businesses to build a better village.

Ngonyama as a shoe maker who specialises mainly to fix shoes in exchange for money as income.

Ngonyama as a shoe maker who specialises mainly to fix shoes in exchange for money as income.

It is also important to recognise the fact that as much as people expect development within the Township we individually have a responsibility to better our lives in every good way as much as possible so that collectively we will can become a stronger community. We must love, get along with one another and take pride in the place we live in. All of this may sound like a cliché but kids should always know that the key to a better future is to “stay in school” because education is our tool for success

We are living in an era where we need to teach ourselves to stop looking for jobs but to create. It takes perseverance and a lot of dedication to start something on your own and build it up to become a strong product that people to take interest into and turn into loyal customers.  The photo below is a good example of a person who is determined to achieve their goal despite all the negative appearances this type of trade would display to people within the community.

Selling chickens, waiting for potential customers all day to show interest without any guarantee, shows perseverance. The trick is to position yourself in a very public location so that majority can see the product and be easily accessible

Selling chickens, waiting for potential customers all day to show interest without any guarantee, shows perseverance. The trick is to position yourself in a very public location so that majority can see the product and be easily accessible

Vendors are a big part of our culture because onlookers easily identify them subconsciously as a description of this township in terms of development. At the end of the day we as the community collectively are responsible for how our place looks. Whether you sell vegetables, run a Spaza shop, or a small mobile retail shop your presence makes an impact on how Inanda is perceived.

A Barber is another common trade in the Townships

A mobile retail shop selling clothes.

A mobile retail shop selling clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chxb19WRp68&feature=youtu.be

 

Written by: Musa Zwane

Photography: Nhlanhla Mnise

Model: Kuhle Ngonyama

Inanda, Durban, South Africa

03 July 2016

January 3, 2016

Thulasizwe Goba – women of Inanda

Mr Thulasizwe Goba was born in 1928 at Sophiatown and his parents were born in Inanda. His parents had lived in Johannesburg because they worked in the mines. He received his primary education in Johannesburg and the family came back in 1936. He completed his primary education at Inanda Day School and then went to Lorrem School. He furthered his studies in nearby areas, and then became a teacher. Mr Goba is an active member of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA). I had a conversation with him about the role played by women in the social wellbeing of the community of Inanda.

Mr Goba talked a great deal about one woman that stood out for him in the field of social welfare or social assistance. Mrs Hawes was born at Molweni; she was an Arts teacher and got married into the Hawes family of Inanda.   After getting married, she moved to Inanda. He explains that Mrs Hawes used to bring women together; teach them about farming, life skills, the importance of the different food groups and what they do in the bodies. Mrs Hawes established the Qadi Clinic, with the help of women of Matata, a nearby area. Mr Goba described Mrs Hawes as a humble person who did not want to be recognised as the main person behind such projects. Mrs Hawes died in 1965.

Mr Goba talked about the 1960s, explained that people of Inanda were engaged in farming mostly and that the population was not as large as it is today. Women at the time had good relationships with each other, helped each other and offered social assistance to the community, usually not within established organisations. Women of Inanda got together and started Cathulani Welfare Centre, which is still operating today. The main function of Cathulani is to serve as a crèche to community children. Mr Goba explains that there is a strong link, especially through Mrs Hawes, between the UCCSA local church and the women’s clubs that led to the establishment of Cathulani. He further explained that the daughter of Dr. M.V. Gumede and Bertha Mkhize were leading in the establishment of Cathulani and then at a later stage Mbali (granddaughter of Bertha Mkhize) joined. Mr Goba was also urged to join the board that was in charge of the church. Cathulani also resulted in the birth of Masizane, which was established by Mrs Bophela who was in the Cathulani board. People were able to gain skills through Masisizane such as knitting and farming. Mr Goba emphasised that women worked together; shared knowledge and skills and helped those who were in need.

Missionaries were not only a great influence on women involved in social assistance but also with soccer. Mr Goba stated that it was through missionaries that people were able to gain soccer skills. It started here in Inanda and then it was spread throughout the country. Mission education played a significant role in social development and skills development.

In the 1970s, people of Inanda could not engage in political activities; severe measures were taken against people who were part of political organisations like the African National Congress (ANC). There were spies payed by the government; if they report you then you would get a 80 days detention and most people did not come back after 80 days. Some were killed and some were sent to other places.

Ayanda Ngcobo

(Interview in March 2015)

April 22, 2015

Urban Trail – Bird of the Year

20150410_154046One of the aims of the Woza eNanda Urban Trail project is to draw the community’s attention to the environment and learn about local plants and animals. On the 9th April 2015 Sanele Mvuyane from Durban Green Corridor visited the eNanda Ohlange Library to give out a poster of Bird of the Year 2015 (Blue Crane). The chief Librarian MR Sabelo Qwabe was very interested and they set up a display cabinet of different books about birds. Go and check it out!

 

Sanele Mvuyane – 20/4/15

April 20, 2015

Take A Step Foundation (Inanda Newtown)

IMG_127294966505622A Step Foundation is a NPO based at Inanda Newtown founded by myself (Sazi Mntungwa) in May 2014 to break the cycle of poverty and promote academic practice to children and youth at a very young age as they are the  hope for future generations.

Most of these children are between the ages of 5 to 17 years. They attend schools from this area of Inanda Newtown.They live in an informal settlement called  “White City”. The majority of theses children are raised by grandparents and if fortunate to have surviving parents, the majority of them are unemployed and others are also alcoholics and this results in the lack of child supervision which escalates to children being vulnerable and exposed to drug and alcohol abuse and teenage pregnancy. Children who mostly successfully complete their matric are employed as taxi conductors by luck they get employed at restaurants, as security guards and general workers.

There is no drive to success in skill developing for the youth of this area, they are also content with what they have.There is no mentor to give them an incite of knowledge for a better future.

Take A Step Foundation’s vision is to break that cycle of poverty and build self-esteem to these children at a very tender age.The mission is to help these children through TASF to reach their destiny by creating academics and career men and women who will take the baton back to their communities and uplift upcoming generation.

Currently the NPO is under registration processes and relies on word of mouth for sponsorship and donation for food and clothing to those children to be reached. Our sessions and feedings are currently every Friday from 4pm-6pm. In the future I would love to embark on it on a daily basis. During these gatherings, I work with a voluntarily team from the foundation, a professional teacher, a public outreach motivator and myself as a police officer whereby we teach moral re-generational programmes, biblical studies and grooming teachings. I don’t encourage them to say they merely come for food but I tell them that food is part of our project  because we have long sessions and feeding is the final part of our meeting.

I currently have 70 children who come home every Friday afternoon  whereby we serve cooked meals to them. My long term vision is to establish a full-time kitchen, a wifi spot,computer and library facilities, a homework centre and introduce sport programmes to them to eradicate the thoughts of the poor mindset that has been sowed to these children by this community.

Sazi Mntungwa
Ceo- Take A Step Foundation

I can be reached on:
0733623484
0835022138
email: sazi.mntungwa@gmail.com

20 April 2015

 

 

 

March 11, 2015

Woza eNanda Urban Trail clean-up 15 November 2014

In preparation for the stakeholder walk of the Woza eNanda Urban Trail, a clean-up campaign was organized on 15 November 2014. Durban Green Corridor (DGC) partnered with Arise & Shine and Junior Classic F.C. Half of the total area of the trail section between Ohlange and Phoenix Settlement were covered by this community-driven effort at cleaning up.  Junior Classic F.C was represented by 22 player and 2 coaches, Zamokuhle Mnqayi and Thubelihle Mnqayi.  Arise & shine was represented by Faniza Mbambo, Sfiso Dlamini and Luyanda Mpisi and DGC by Viwe Nkungu, Mlungisi Mthembu and Sanele Mvuyane. The children were given protective gloves and at total of 70 rubbish bags, most of which were filled within just a few hours.

Text and pictures by Sanele Mvuyane