Our Heritage

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±31 min episodes every 1 week, 4 days  | 
“Our Heritage is a program that seeks to promote and accommodate the debates regarding the preservation of our rich natural and cultural heritage, which is so often threatened by ignorance or avarice. Africa needs to champion its own cause by sustaining the indigenous knowledge systems that exist within the African people themselves. We will also engage intellectuals who will build on scientific facts.”

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Venda Heritage of Southern Africa

Cultural heritage and history of a nation is quite valued. Cultural heritage affirms the identity as a people because it creates a comprehensive framework for the preservation of cultural significance and historical value.

An important part of the Venda culture is ancestor worship and their close ties to the spirit world. While revering ancestors, Venda beliefs include a white python and water sprites that need to be nurtured.

Should you like to comment on this program……

Email: ourheritage@channelafrica.org

Twitter: @ohchannelafrica

We are on DSTV Audio Bouquet #802, Satellite Pas 10 and Live Streaming : www.channelafrica.co.za

The Northern Sotho Heritage in Southern Africa.

The Northern Sotho are believed to be a Bantu ethnic group from Southern Africa mainly found in the Limpopo, South Africa. The Northern Sotho people are divided into several dialects, the two main dialects of the Northern Sotho’s are Pedi and Lobedu, both sharing most of the cultural values, though the spoken language is quite distinct. During the coronation ceremony of the Queen of Lobedu in Limpopo, the South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa promised during his address to make Lobedu an official South African language.
Are we neglecting the other Northern Sotho dialects when focusing on Lobedu?
Is representation throught the cultural industry vital? How significant are totemic animals in preserving the Northern Sotho heritage?

The Xhosa Heritage in Southern Africa.

The Xhosa are believed to be a Bantu ethnic group from Southern Africa mainly found in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa. The Xhosa people are divided into several clans with related, yet, distinct, heritages. Over time, it is believed that some of the Zulus that fled during the Zulu wars (Mfecane) were welcomed amongst the Xhosa people. This is the origin of the Mfengu Clan of the Xhosa people.
Are there class discriminations amongst clans in the Continent?

Does the need for searching of one’s identify encourage class discriminations? Why is the study of one’s heritage important to the connectivity of the African peoples?

Africa Rise Again – Men in the Making Campaign

Africa, as a continent is experiencing many incidents of rape and gender based violence, especially on women and children. In South Africa alone, one in three women will be sexually attacked. Two in five are beaten by their partners.

SABC as a national broadcaster has launched the Africa Rise Again – Men in the Making campaign which seeks to assist men in forming a community “which they can turn to for support and for grounding”

What is the state of gender relations in the continent?

Should you like to comment on this program:

Email: ourheritage@channelafrica.org
Twitter: @ohchannelafrica
We are also on DSTV Audio Bouquet #802

Tswana Heritage Part 2

Writing in vernacular is usually much easier than formal writing.
How about writing an entire doctorate thesis in a vernacular language?
A South African woman, has made history by writing her entire thesis in her vernacular language- Setswana. Setswana is one of the South African languages. Eileen Elizabeth Pooe is a teacher, a lecturer and head of the North West University’s Department of Setswana. The BaTswana are more of Bantu speaking ethnic group than ‘people from Botswana’.

Tswana Heritage Part 1

The Tswana are more of Bantu speaking ethnic group than ‘people from Botswana’.
About four million Tswana people live in Southern Africa; three million are believed to live in South Africa and just over a million in Botswana. The Batswana, as they are called, are believed to have migrated southward 1500 years ago from areas around Katanga in DRC close to the Zambian side.

What are the distinctive cultural heritage of the Tswana?

Sacrifice Of Freedom Part 2.

The death of Samora Machel, the first post- colonial president of Mozambique on the night Sunday, 19 October 1986 happened on the Lebombo Mountain near Mbuzini- a border town of South Africa and Mozambique. This was after a Mozambican presidential aircraft carrying the president and his entourage turned towards the South African border, apparently, in response to signals from a VOR (a Very high frequency Omni- directional Radio) which was coming from Lebombo Mountain, near Mbuzini.
Did Samora Machel die in vain?
What lessons does Africa draw in response to the fight against imperialism let alone colonialism?

The Sacrifice for Freedom.

Ephraim Charlie Khumalo, veteran South African journalist and Albert Albie Sachs- a retired South African Constitutional Court Judge narrate the legacy of Samora Moises Machel, the first post-colonial president of Mozambique, whose influence affected the neighbouring countries attainment of freedom.
Samora Machel’s death is commemorated every 19th October.
This follows his tragic death at Mbuzini in South Africa in a plane crash on the night of 19th October, 1986.
Who was Samora Machel? Is his legacy well celebrated in the continent?

The King and His Wives.

Is it true that King Mswati 3 from Eswatini, previously called Swaziland, always takes advantage of the Reed Dance to choose his wives?

The Umhlanga Reed Dance in Eswatini is a traditional dance ceremony celebrated, mostly, at the end of August every year. This is a Swati cultural event which is performed as a tribute to the Royal Family in Eswatini and it dates back centuries in time. Performed by maiden girls, strictly childless, from across the country, the dance is attended by the King, his mother (Queen Mother) and visitors from all over.

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