Africa is a playground for all ages. There’s the Sahara Desert, River Nile, Serengeti, pyramids, camels, white rhino, shark diving, dictators, eucalyptus forests, coral reefs and...Indians! The second largest continent in the world, Africa has had relations with India for over 3000 years and is currently home to over 3 million people of Indian origin. Of the 54 countries, Indians live in at least 46! The majority live in South East Africa with significant populations in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In the North, there are communities in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. To the West in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. There are also small communities in Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Gabon, Lesotho, Namibia, São Tomé & Principe and Solomon Islands. The earliest accounts of the Indian presence on the eastern coast of Africa are found in the Periplus of the Erythaean Sea, written in the first century AD by an anonymous author. Through this and other writings, it is evident that Indian merchants had been plying their trade through the Indian Ocean since the days of ancient Babylon, and had even established trading posts along the coast of East Africa. The major wave of migration into Africa by Indians came as a result of colonisation. Indians were forced and taken as indentured workers to colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century as a result of bondage of debt and sent to labour at plantations, most of them sugar. Each country however, has its own unique reasons as to how Indians arrived. Join us as we discover, celebrate and learn more about who we have become. Our Global Indian Africa journey has begun.


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Apartheid Returns: India’s Silence on Discrimination against Indian Diaspora in South Africa

Apartheid returns: Will India’s silence on discrimination against Indian diaspora in South Africa challenge its soft power? In June 2021, Jayshree, a seventh-generation Indo-South African, wearily woke up to the screams that echoed the night before. A resident of KZ, Phoenix, Durban, her windows still holds the markings of last night’s torment, with broken glass […]


A question of Malawiness – Do not forget the Asians

Today! I want to speak to the newly appointed Ministers; of Tourism and Culture Hon Dr Michael Usi, as well of civic education and national unity Timothy Pagonachi Simbega Mtambo Dear Sirs, Both of you have the responsibility of bringing the nation as a whole in an effort to promote tourism, respect and adoration to […]


A Homeland for Indians displaced by Indentured Labour

A Homeland for Indians displaced by Indentured Labour The stories of hardship, abuse, discrimination, murder and racial violence of Indians displaced by Indentured labour have not eroded with time, the living conditions of Indians under colonial rule dating back over 160 years ago still prevail today, this time under a new administration. The oppression and […]



Mr. RAMAPHOSA, HAS THE DUSK SET IN ON THE NEW DAWN ALREADY? Is the once vaunted ANC even capable of producing a president who can carry himself to two terms successfully? “Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive” Mr. President The Ides of March is upon you, beware – […]


Dear Mr. Siboniso.Mbhele – Let’s deal with the Elephant in the room

The MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison: KwaZulu-Natal Mr. Siboniso.Mbhele Sir Re: Road Carnage in KwaZulu-Natal is unacceptable/ Conduct of Taxi Drivers are a hazard Congratulations on your appointment as the MEC of Transport, Community Safety & Liaison KwaZulu-Natal. As we approach the end of the year and the start of the holiday season, […]


Open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa

The President: Republic of South Africa Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa Sir IS SOUTH AFRICA BECOMING A “BLACK” COUNTRY – OR HAS IT ALREADY BECOME ONE? ARE “BLACKS” THE ONLY CITIZENS WHO ASCEND TO SENIOR POSITIONS? I write to you with a caveat that this correspondence, while invoking the ideology of race, it is not meant to […]


Expecting the unexpected: A Call For Disaster Preparedness

Expecting the unexpected: A Call For Disaster Preparedness One of the critical aspects of visionary leadership, especially in governance, is the ability to foreplan and ensure readiness in terms of contingencies that might arise unannounced or unexpectedly. KwaZulu-Natal, as a province, experienced two such “disasters” in a space of eight months, namely, the July 2021 […]


When will civil war come to South Africa?

Beware the Ides of March! Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before being overthrown by revolutionaries and being publicly guillotined following the abolition of the monarchy in France, is famously attributed for the almost brazen quote, “Quils mangent de la brioche” – traditionally translated as “let them eat cake”. Her utterance was the result […]


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Ep#65 Immunity and Wellbeing with Ayurveda with Dr. Rani Iyer

Explore the power of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine, to boost your child's immunity and overall well-being. Our guest, Dr. Rani Iyer, a seasoned Ayurvedic practitioner with three decades of experience, shares her insights on: 1. Natural immunity building 2. Ayurvedic remedies for common childhood illnesses 3. The drawbacks of antibiotics and processed […]

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