History

Janet of the Dunes

14 EPISODES | LIBRIVOX |  Book, ±32 min episode total time 7 hr 37 min
Known primarily for her children's books, Harriet T. Comstock would occasionally depart from that genre and showcase her writing talent in adult prose as well. Janet of the Dunes is one such departure wherein she masterfully takes us into the lives of the bold men and women who tended those life saving stations along the seaboard which many a ship relied upon for their safety. They were simple people, large of heart and as close-knit as a tiny community can and must ever be, and they, above all else, took their duties very seriously. The story revolves primarily around Janet and her "Cap'n Billy Daddy" and how their lives and their devotion to one another are touched by the others within the small circle of people of the dunes, the hills, and the light. (Summary by Roger Melin)
ENGLISH Read by Roger Melin Arts · History

Oliver Reginald Tambo Documentary | A General And A Diplomat

1 EPISODES | KAYA 959 |  Series
The dual role of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo as a General of uMkhontho weSizwe and Diplomat for the liberation movement; makes him by far a prominent figure in the African political and historical narratives. Featuring a stellar cast of commentators some including Dr. Lindiwe Mabuza and Dr. Zuki Tshabalala , A General And A Diplomat deciphers the factors that made O.R. the juggernaut he is and the teachings that he imparted to fortify his legacy.

South African Border Wars

33 EPISODES | DESMOND LATHAM |  Podcast, ±19 min episode every 6 days
Much has been written about the South African Border war which is also known as the Namibian War of Independence. While the fighting was ostensibly about Namibia, most of the significant battles were fought inside Namibia’s northern neighbour, Angola.

South Africa’s 23 year border war has been almost forgotten as the Cold War ebbed away and bygones were swept under the political carpet. South African politicians, particularly the ANC and the National Party, decided during negotiations to end years of conflict that the Truth and Reconciliation commission would focus on the internal struggle inside South Africa.

For most conscripts in the South African Defence Force, the SADF, they completed matric and then were drafted into the military. For SWAPO or UNITA or the MPLA army FAPLA it was a similar experience but defined largely by a political awakening and usually linked to information spread through villages and in towns.

This was a young person’s war which most wars are – after all the most disposable members of society are its young men. Nor was it simply a war between white and black. IT was more a conflict on the ground between red and green. Communism and Capitalism.

The other reality was despite being a low-key war, it was high intensity and at times featured by unconventional warfare as well as conventional. At times SADF soldiers would be on foot, walking patrols or SWAPO on foot, launching attacks across the border.

But there were motorised heavy vehicles, tanks, artillery, air bombardments and mechanised units rolling into attack each other.

For some that was a nightmare, for others, freedom. At times youngsters from the suburbs of Pretoria or Durban were fighting experienced soldiers from Russia and Cuba. For veterans the territory would come to be known as “Nam” as the experience replicated the American experience in Vietnam to some extent.

Stories to live by

1 EPISODES | TOUCH HD |  Podcast
Every Thursday, Thandwefika, the co-founder of Hadithi ya Africa, speaks to ordinary people who have lived through extraordinary experiences, trying to figure out “How do you even live through something like that?”
If you need some inspiration on how to navigate your life’s challenges, then these “Stories to live by” are for you.

The Art of War

13 EPISODES | LIBRIVOX |  Book, ±8 min episode total time 1 hr 53 min
“The Art of War is a Chinese military treatise written during the 6th century BC by Sun Tzu. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it has long been praised as the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time. The Art of War is one of the oldest and most famous studies of strategy and has had a huge influence on both military planning and beyond. The Art of War has also been applied, with much success, to business and managerial strategies.”
ENGLISH Read by Moira Fogarty History · Philosophy

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