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July 26, 2016

Education about snakes in Inanda


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

February 19, 2013


A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education by Meghan Healy-Clancy

World of their Own bookThis book is an elegantly written social history of Inanda Seminary, embedded in the wider social and political context throughout, and skilfully brings together a vast array of information relating to 140 years of African women’s schooling.

Through the prism of Inanda Seminary, this study examines how rising numbers of African women came to attend school and the meanings of their schooling in the making and unmaking of the racialised state. The mission schools that provided nearly all African schooling before apartheid prepared girls to run homes, schools and clinics on a shoestring, in an arrangement that appealed to officials. Yet as nationalist movements developed in the first half of the twentieth century, women from Inanda and peer institutions found in their work as teachers and health workers power to shape the future of ‘the race’. When apartheid officials came to power in 1948, they needed the skills of an African middle-class to govern. But they needed to undermine this class politically to rule. These tensions came to a head in the Bantu Education Act of 1953 which sought to resolve them through a gendered strategy: officials encouraged African women’s training as teachers and nurses, even as they attempted to limit African male-led political agitation by nationalising most mission schools and limiting their curricula to preparation for semi-skilled labour. From the interstices of racialised patriarchy, the most talented African female students at Inanda and other high schools used their schooling to push at personal, professional and political boundaries – belying the gendered assumptions of ‘separate development’.

In its gendered analysis and choice of subject matter this study can make an important contribution to South African education history. There are few studies of African women’s schooling in South Africa, and none of this academic weight.
— Dr Helen Ludlow, School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand

The author has deftly woven theoretical arguments about social reproduction and gender into the narrative, without these arguments obscuring the fascinating people and places she describes. The portraits of the successive headmistresses of the school are compelling, and she writes with great sensitivity and compassion about them and the constraints and opportunities in the era in which they pursued their calling.
— Sue Krige, Johannesburg-based heritage specialist

Meghan Healy-Clancy is a social historian of sub-Saharan Africa, with a Ph.D. in African Studies (2011) and an M.A. in History (2007) from Harvard University. She holds a dual appointment at Harvard College in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature and in the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies.

November 30, 2012

A tour of Inanda Seminary with Scott Couper

Scott Couper gives a guided tour of Inanda Seminary.

For further reading on some of the public figures, organizations, places or events mentioned on the tour click on one of the links below:

More about Rev. Scott Couper

American Board for Missions

The Great Trek – South african History Online

Adams College – Official website

Bantu Education

The Ohlange Institute  

Congregational Churches – Wikipedia

John L. Dube – South African History Online

Pixley Ka Seme – South African History Online

Albert Luthuli – South African History Online

Mary Kelly Edwards