This exhibition which opened on 12 July 2016 at the KwaMuhle Museum tells two stories. The first story celebrates the establishment of a great school, DHS 150 years ago. The other story recalls the tragic loss of so many lives in the Somme Offensive 100 years ago.
Local History Museums has been fortunate to have a special donation of a musical instrument used by one of the mothers of our nation, Mama Nokutela MaMdima Dube, first wife of the first President-General of the African National Congress, Dr. John Langalibalele Dube.
There were more than three million men who passed through Durban on their way to the battlefront and there are few among them, who will ever forget the sight of a motherly figure in white, standing alone on the quayside, her arms outstretched towards them, singing familiar songs like “Land of Hope and Glory” and “It’s a long way to Tippereray.”
The Museums and Galleries History Group (MGHG) was founded in 2002 when a group of British academics and curatorial staff hosted a symposium at the National Gallery in London, entitled, ‘Museums and their Histories’.
The Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Mr. Derek Hanekom, visited the newly established Mpumalanga Heritage Centre and proceeded to Phoenix Settlement and J. L. Dube Heritage Centre at Inanda on the 08th October 2016.
EThekwini Council approved the temporary relocation of the Lady in White statue from T-jetty next to Transnet Offices to the Port Natal Maritime Museum.
During the first half of 2016 visitors to KwaMuhle Museum were confronted with the perhaps-troubling sight of large holes dug in the verandah of the building, and clouds of dust billowing from various doors and windows.
When the proposal to create KwaMuhle Museum was drafted by a committee of academics and activists in 1991, a central element of the new museum they envisioned was a permanent exhibition on the Durban System.
As part of its public engagement initiatives the Local History Museums of eThekwini Municipality hosts a series of seminars and lectures every year, and the first of these is the annual Josiah Tshangana Gumede Lecture & Dialogue, which took place on 4 February 2016 at the Natural Science Research Centre.
Subsequent to an address by the then Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize, to the South African National Editors Forum during November 2012, opportunities for the repatriation and reburial of Nat Nakasa, journalist, activist and one of the great South Africans, began to surface.