December 2007

Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Workers

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The first indentured workers arrived on the shores of Durban one hundred and forty seven years ago on 16 November 1860.  They sailed from Madras (now known as Chinnai) in India on 13 October 1860 on the SS Truro. While they left behind their families, they did not leave behind their rich traditions and culture.

India’s uprising of 1857

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1857 is the year which characterized the great uprising in India. It was a time when the development of the common people’s political consciousness gave rise to an enormous uprising. Marx and many other philosophers wrote about this significant part of India’s history.  Jawaharlal Nehru wrote about the significance of this revolution, he said, “it

The Ancient Madressas of Samarkand-Centre for learning

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Central Asia was a world centre of learning for centuries. Khiva was the birthplace of Muhammad al-Khorezmi (780-850 AD), the father of algebra. The word algebra is derived from al-jabr, one of al-Khorezmi’s techniques to solve quadratic equations. He also pioneered the use of the decimal point. Ibn Sina, known in the West as Avicenna,

The Sikh or Guru Panth

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This is not a very well known religion in South Africa. Recently the Sikh community observed the birth anniversary of their leader Guru Nanak who was born in CE 1469, and was the founder of Sikhism. He was born in that part of Punjab that was under Muslim rule and he was born to a

Tips For Consumers

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Building or renovating your homeThe bank’s assessor cannot be relied upon to advise you of any problems related to the quality of the building work done.Be aware when using an ATMMake yourself aware of the numerous ways in which ATM thieves will try to obtain your card and PIN while you are at an ATM.Beware

Explosion – Threat to residents

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The recent petrol tanker explosion at the Engen plant in Merebank has once again highlighted the danger facing the local community and its surrounding areas. On 19 November 2007, Engen’s largest petrol tank went up in flames. It is believed that a bolt of lightening struck the tank burning up petrol and equipment worth about

Durban Teacher Wins top Honours

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By Indhrannie PillayA Durban educator has done South Africa proud at the recent Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher’s Forum Awards held in Helsinki, Finland. Kumaras Pillay from Burnwood Secondary in Durban won first prize for his creation of MLearner in the category of Innovation in Community. Mobile Learner (MLearner) is a mathematics and science portal which

Securing our Survival…

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The relationship between promoting nonviolence and climate changeArticle from Miriam Kramer Director of Development and Communication –Alliance for Peacebuilders  “On October 12, the Stanley Foundation, the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, and Physicians for Social Responsibility sponsored “Securing our Survival: Meeting the Threats of Nuclear Weapons and Global Warming” at the University

The World’s Religious communities call for peaceful dialogue and participatory governance in Burma

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Religions for Peace Delivers 3,000 Messages of Support for Buddhist Monks of Burma from People of Different Faiths Multi-faith Delegation of Religious Leaders Meet with ASEAN Chair (NEW YORK, 19 November 2007)Representatives of Religions for Peace, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition, delivered to the ASEAN Chair in Singapore more than 3,000 messages