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On Goodnight Azania Life in Mzansi is given a completely new and fresh treatment. Hosted by Durban-born Mzamo Simone, the podcast is a melting pot for the discussion of varied themes relating to South African culture and society. I host a widely ranging set of different guests whose work has helped shape our understanding of the past present and future of this country, and this is done with all the poise and precision that such a task commands. email: goodnightazania@gmail.com
 
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The history of South African literature is so multidimensional that sometimes to speak of a South African literature feels like a contradiction of sorts. This is also not surprising, given the full extent of violence, segregation, greed and white supremacy that lies at the instance of confrontation between the hunter-gatherers, pastoralists and the…
 
The past episodes of formal history have proven to us that the approach of social history is sometimes unable to go beyond its broad categories, to reach down to what I can call the human heart. I suppose this could be partly because there would be so many human hearts to consider such that the task would simply become impossible because people die…
 
The past episodes of formal history have proven to us that the approach of social history is sometimes not able to go beyond its broad categories, to reach down to what I can call the human heart. I suppose this could be partly because there would be so many human hearts to consider such that the task would simply become impossible because people d…
 
Over the last nine episodes we have been joined by a variation of disciplinary experts who have taken us through a length of time through which it would be impossible for us to travel if we were to try to repeat exercise physically. We now know that there is more deep time than we have been able to explore about the people who have come before us, …
 
Last week we were joined by Robert Ross who to a large extent helped us understand with more sincerity what the annexation of the Cape colony by the British meant for people living in what would later be called South Africa. The content of that episode was extensive, and thus cannot be repeated whole in this introduction. Where Robert left off was …
 
The colonial past of South Africa, heralded most pointedly, by the set-up of mercantile commerce and its attendant support-services in present day Cape Town, is said to be the first leg in the double colonisation of this part of the continent. In the ninth episode of Goodnight Azania I explore the second leg of this history of colonisation and its …
 
On this episode I sit down with John Wright, a historian at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. We discuss the origin of the term difaqane/mfecane and what it has meant within the context of South African history over the centuries. We also use this as an opportunity to understand the nature of South African life in the interior to the north easterly …
 
The seventeenth century heralds many transformations within many different societies across the globe. The famed establishment of a Dutch India Company outpost on Table Bay, Cape Town is one case in point in the overall tapestry. To review this period, prod it at the interpersonal, social, political levels I am joined by Robert Ross, a historian at…
 
On this episode Mzamo is joined by Wits archaeologist Alex Schoeman to discuss the nature of the changes (and continuities) that occurred to first-millennium farming societies in South Africa as it gave way to the second and, afterwards. Potential insights into the genealogical histories of contemporary South African people are also explored.…
 
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