Our Heritage

CHANNEL AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±30 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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AUG

Women of Substance 2

August is Women’s Month in South Africa. This is in commemoration of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where almost 20,000 women ranging from all backgrounds and cultures including Indians, Colored, Whites and Blacks protested against the abusive pass laws.

In Women of Substance 2, we hear about Sophie De Bryn, the only surviving member of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa.
02
AUG

Women of Substance I

August is Women’s Month in South Africa. This is in commemoration of the 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where almost 20,000 women ranging from all backgrounds and cultures including Indians, Colored, Whites and Blacks protested against the abusive pass laws.

In Women of Substance 1, we hear about Winnie Madikizela Mandela, the wife of the late South African President , Nelson Mandela. Did Mandela make Winnie?
19
JUL

Mandela My Icon 2

Nelson Mandela dreamt of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of the majority of the people of South Africa. His 27 years’ incarceration speaks volumes of the spirit of human triumph that made Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for freedom of the South African majority manifested.

In Mandela the Icon 2, Advocate George Bizos- Nelson Mandela’s personal friend and lawyer speaks about Mandela‘s struggles both outside and inside Robben Island. We also hear the voices of Andrew Mlangeni- one of the surviving Rivonia Trialists.
12
JUL

Mandela the Icon 1

One name that is synonymous with South African greatness is that of Nelson Mandela.

Born Rolihlahla Mandela, Mandela, as he is famously known, came from the Madiba clanin the village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. A school teacher changed his name to Nelson Mandela during his early years at school.
Listening to the stories of his ancestors’ struggles for their own liberation during the wars of resistance, Nelson Mandela dreamt of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of the majority of the people of South Africa.
In Mandela the Icon 1 episode of Our Heritage, we begin a three-part series looking at the journey of a South African who rose to become an icon to the world.
28
JUN

Talking Youth Uprising II

June 16, 1976, in South Africa remains synonymous to the suffering of the young people against the Apartheid tactics of education; where the government of the day sought to impose Afrikaans as the official language of instruction in schools.

In the program this week we hear from some of the people directly involved in the uprising. What lessons do the events of June 16, 1976 in South Africa, align to the challenges of the youth today, in the Continent?
21
JUN

Talking Youth Uprising I

Seth Mazibuko is a household name, famous for the June 16 Foundation in South Africa. This is an independent non-profitable organization whose focus is youth economics, social and educational development projects.

At the age of 16 Seth, together with other youth began what is, today known as the June 16 Uprising in South Africa. The Uprising was a well- organized protest- first, by youth of Soweto, followed by a country-wide orchestrated march, which culminated in the death of some youth, including, the famous Hector Petersen, in whose memory a museum in his name has been erected in Soweto.

What lessons do the events of June 16, 1976 in South Africa, align to the challenges of the youth today, in the Continent?
07
JUN

Cultural heritage

African music and dance has a historical component in preserving the heritage of a people through its oral traditions that sometimes express the prowess of a people. As the continent celebrates Africa month, have Africans done enough to preserve their heritage, in a far as music and dance is concerned?
What kind of music and dance have you preserved for the future? Has your government done enough to preserve your music and dance?
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APR

Chris Hani

Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani, was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress. Chris was a fierce opponent of the apartheid government in South Africa, and was assassinated on 10 April 1993; a year before South Africa’s first democratic elections.
Why was Chris Hani loved by most of the majority but feared by the minority in South Africa?
08
MAR

Oliver Mtukudzi

Oliver Mtukudzi, the musician has died but not his music and legacy!

Southern Africa has lost one of her artist of note, who has graced international stages with a unique blend of African lyrical genius and beats. From Zimbabwe, in Africa to Rome, in Italy, Oliver Mtukudzi’s music will be remembered for time immemorial!

In Oliver Mtukudzi, we look at the musical journey of this talented Zimbabwean who toured the world over with his unique blend of music.
15
FEB

Africa National Anthems

National Anthems in Africa have celebrated the coming of age of a particular country. Independence from any type of oppression such as colonialism, apartheid etc, and has aptly defined the role of anthems in a country.
The singing of national anthems at events such as political rallies, sports and other international events brings the pride of the people towards their nation. Anthems are always supposed to be treated as being sacred and deserving respect.
Although anthems are used to distinguish states and territories, there are instances of shared anthems. "Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika” became a pan African liberation anthem and was later adopted as the national anthem of five countries in Africa including Zambia, Tanzania Namibia and South Africa.

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