Following up on our first Meet the Team! post, today we introduce you to two more of our dedicated Museum staffers, Thandeka Khanyile and Luntu Hlatshwayo:
Thandeka Khanyile is employed as a researcher for the Durban Local History Museums. Initially employed as an intern from 2014 to 2016, Thandeka worked on a variety of research and education projects for Durban Local History Museums. She also composed articles for Umlando, an annual publication produced by DLHM, and presented at the SAMA conference as a novice speaker. Now employed on a full time basis, Thandeka focuses her research on townships and contemporary history, and is currently researching the story of Kwamashu, its relationship with the Group Areas Act, and the forced removal of people that lived in Umkumbane. Thandeka has also spent time researching the lives of the people honoured by Durban’s recently changed road names, as well as the story of the KwaXimba community, based just outside of Cato Ridge. Thandeka has a bachelor’s degree from University of KwaZulu-Natal, but is currently looking at furthering her studies in museums history.
Luntu Hlatshwayo has recently been employed as a Local History Museums (LHM) research officer. Prior to joining LHM in April 2017, Luntu worked as a research intern at the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit after graduating Summa Cum Laude with her honours thesis which focussed on historical memory in public spaces. Some of her key responsibilities at LHM include interviewing members of the public, writing reports, and collating information for upcoming exhibitions.