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Xhosa initiation rite

WATCH: Embracing Xhosa culture: White teen undergoes Xhosa initiation rite

A video of a fluent Xhosa-speaking teenager Chad “Xolani” Baling, 18, who recently successfully participated in a sacred initiation rite of passage ceremony in South Africa has set tongues wagging on social media. Baling lives with a Xhosa family in East London, and he went through the traditional Xhosa ulwaluko initiation rite to manhood. Some social media users have been applauding Chad for embracing a critical part of Xhosa culture, while others users having been critical of the custom calling it “outdated”.

Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika: Photo: Wits University
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Meet Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika: First deaf student from Wits to graduate with Masters in South African Sign Language

Witwatersrand University (Wits) student Nyeleti Nokwazi Nkwinika, who is deaf and uses South African Sign Language as her first language, has recorded a remarkable first, graduating with a Master of Arts (MA) degree by dissertation in South African Sign Language (SASL) using filmed SASL as the language to report on her research. Nkwinika is the first person (Deaf or hearing) to receive a Master’s from the SASL Department and the first Wits graduate to use a marginalised language (SASL) to report on her research. Congratulations on the remarkable accomplishement.

File picture. The South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo enter Thursday night in the Chasse Theater in Breda. Photo: ANP Ed Oudenaarden

Wizkid and Ladysmith Black Mambazo nominated for Grammy Award

Talented Nigerian musician, Wizkid is in contention for a Grammy award for his role in U.S. rapper Drake’s 2016 album, Views, nominated for Best Album. Wizkid is the only Nigerian in contention for an award at the 59th Grammy’s. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a celebrated South African band received a nomination (Best World Music Album) for their album Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers, and South African born fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout is also up for an award. A hearty congratulations.

“Here is a tree rooted in African soil, nourished with waters from the rivers of Afrika. Come and sit under its shade and become, with us, the leaves of the same branch and the branches of the same tree”. Photo: ANP

Remembering Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: 7 Quotes

Today, 92 years ago, an African struggle icon Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was born. Sobukwe founded, and led the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), an anti-apartheid movement. Affectionately known as the Professor or simply “Prof”, Sobukwe dedicated is life to fighting racial inequality and the apartheid regime’s racist and unjust policies. We share with you seven of his profound and timeless quotes.

A man living with HIV prepares to take his medicine at the HIV/AIDS Care Center, a hospice run by Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) Party, in Yangon, Myanmar, 01 December 2014. World AIDS Day is marked worldwide annually on 01 December to raise awareness of those living with the virus. Photo: ANP/  EPA/Lynn Bo Bo

HIV vaccine clinical trial launched in South Africa

Researchers have announced that a new clinical trial HVTN 702 to develop the world’s first vaccine against HIV has been launched in South Africa, across 14 sites. The clinical trial is the largest and most advanced study to be conducted in the country, and scientists are optimistic that the world’s first preventive HIV vaccine could soon be a reality. The trial, which is the first major HIV vaccine efficacy study in seven years could lead to a licensed HIV vaccine, a giant step in the fight against HIV/Aids.