Oral History Journal of South Africa - latest Issue
Volume 3, Issue 1, 2015
Author Nomsa H. MdlaloseSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 3 –14 (2015)More Less
According to historical accounts of old Africa, mathematics got divorced from the heritage arena. It was subsequently perceived incongruent with locally produced knowledge. Zaslavsky (1999) affirms that the manner in which Africa is portrayed in reference to the history of mathematics and the history of numbers, one would conclude that Africans barely knew how to count. Notwithstanding this, storytelling as an aspect of African indigenous knowledge systems and of a genre of oral tradition constitutes various socio-cosmic codes. Narrative being a social phenomenon and rhythm being symbolic to innate ability to count assume storytelling and numbering affinity. The article aims to explore employment of storytelling for the purpose of assisting basic education learners to acquire mathematical understanding and skills.
The South African History Project (SAHP) of the Department of Education - a reflection on achievements, challenges and opportunities : 2001-2006Author Wonga TabataSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 15 –24 (2015)More Less
This article deals with the contribution of the South African History Project (SAHP) to the development and strengthening of History in the schooling system. One of the key components of the South African History Project was Oral History and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The national project trained hundreds of school and office-based educators in oral history methodology. It also established ties with the heritage sector. Through oral history, South African historical voices became more diverse and new history materials were developed and introduced in South African public schools. This led to a fresh interpretation of history and an introduction of new materials with a focus on Africa.
Khulumani support group : using art-making and oral narrative to address land dispossession, popular resistance and restitutionSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 25 –31 (2015)More Less
The Khulumani Support Group has developed a workshop process that integrates art-making (drawing and painting) with oral narrative, so that participants explore and discuss their experiences, ideas and understanding of events that shape their lives, unlock the stories of people who have been 'forgotten' in our current discourse around the struggle for a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa.
The stories that emerge from this process provide a wealth of insights into issues of land dispossession, resistance and restitution; and how we address land issues today.
Singing the second chimurenga (war of liberation) : an Afrocentric elucidation of Simon Chimbetu's selected songsSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 32 –42 (2015)More Less
Oral sources such as proverbs, songs and folktales have been used to reconstruct people's identities. As a primary 'means of communication', music is often used to capture or record people's experiences in history. In Zimbabwe, Simon Chimbetu exemplifies one musician who is in search of his country's past in as far as he uses his music to record the history of the liberation struggle. This article provides an in-depth examination of Chimbetu's selected songs. Singing after the war itself is over, it is argued, the music functions as a reference point to the citizens because it is a transcript of their past experiences, something which is essential to the present and future generations. By insisting on educating his audiences on the liberation struggle, Chimbetu satisfies Sankofan approach. It is argued in this article that Chimbetu's musical reflections provide enriching experiences and reveal that it is historical music.
Overview of the oral history programme at the national archives of Zimbabwe : implications for nation building and social cohesionAuthor Sindiso BhebheSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 43 –56 (2015)More Less
This article will aim to give an overview of the development of oral history programme at the National Archives of Zimbabwe since the colonial period to the present. It will look at the strengths and weaknesses of the programme, especially in issues of inclusivity and exclusivity. The article will try to answer questions such as whether the programme is national in its outlook or elitist in its approach, serving the interests of few dominant ethnic groups. How it is faring in giving a voice to those marginalised groups of the society will be another issue the article will consider. It will also look at the approaches and methodologies used to collect oral testimonies and how these bear in the long term on preserving and archiving these recorded testimonies. The article will mainly be based on the views made by interviewee's who, when interviewed during the oral history programme, made passing statements about the programme. The environment encountered by archivists and the welcome given to them in different communities they visited during oral history exercises will be discussed, especially its implications on the success of oral traditions programme at the National Archives of Zimbabwe. The literature on oral history relating to National Archives of Zimbabwe will be reviewed and a document analysis will be done.
Author S.T. KgatlaSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 57 –80 (2015)More Less
This article is the result of research findings undertaken in Limpopo Province on the subject of witchcraft beliefs. It is a narration of two villages whose residents were accused of witchcraft and had to be moved to other villages for their safety. Socio-economic conditions responsible for the communities to accuse their members of witchcraft are analysed. In the last part of the paper I draw on some classical theoretical approaches such as projection, scapegoating and materialism theories. In conclusion three statements are considered: 1) witchcraft is something real in human experience; 2) witchcraft is an imaginary crime; 3) an explanation of witchcraft accusations seen through the lens of social theories on society.
Roots and routes. Karretjie people of the Great Karoo. The marginalisation of a South African first people, Michael De Jongh : book reviewSource: Oral History Journal of South Africa 3, pp 81 –82 (2015)More Less
This is one of the most exciting books I have read as an oral historian in many years. It tells the story of Michael de Jongh, a professor in Anthropology at the University of South Africa, and his academic journey with the "Karretjie People" of the Great Karoo, a journey that lasted for over twenty years. The "Karretjie People" are descendants of the Bushmen who lived in the semi-desert areas of the Karoo in South Africa. Their belongings consist of a donkey cart ("karretjie"), which also serves as a shelter that can be erected at the side of the road for living and sleeping. With these "karretjies" they drive from farm to farm looking for work, specialising in sheep shearing. De Jongh's book has saved poor and marginalised people from being forgotten, while addressing their present undignified state of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy.