Africa

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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Climate, oil and Uganda – Perspectives with Dr Elly Karuhanga

THE UGANDA OIL PROJECT: A CAREFULLY CONSIDERED OPPORTUNITY FOR UGANDA’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  BY HON. Dr. ELLY KARUHANGA. Personal opinion Throughout my life I never knew I would find some environmental activists objectionable and so counter to African interests. This is disturbing. I give you a woman called Joyce Katushabe who is from Buliisa on oil rich western […]

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The Indian Citizen of South Africa is your compatriot – not your enemy

The young “Black” Lady who made a Tik-Tok video entitled, “The Hierarchy of our Blackness” The Indian Citizen of South Africa is your compatriot – not your enemy Madam My initial reaction after watching the video you made on Tik-Tok entitled, “The hierarchy of blackness” was to unleash a tirade at what I perceived as […]

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AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF ASIAN BUSINESS CAPTAINS.

AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF ASIAN BUSINESS CAPTAINS. By Yamikani Nicholas Kachingwe. I for one have noted with great disdain on how some people due to ignorance and lack of knowledge are going astray to the extent of becoming paupers and enemies of progress. The majority of Malawians need […]

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If the USA can do it, why can’t we in South Africa? Is it time that we see a President selected on merit and not melanin to lead South Africa?

COULD SOUTH AFRICA HAVE A WHITE, INDIAN OR COLOURED PRESIDENT CHOSEN ON LEADERSHIP MERIT IN THE FUTURE? A Pik Botha Deja vu moment I encountered my first taste of racism at the tender age of seven. My dad had taken me on a fishing trip to what was then commonly referred to as the “Snake […]

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Open letter to The President of South Africa: Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

The President : Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa The Republic of South Africa Sir, “IF YOU HOLD THE POWER, YOU BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY” You will be soon required, as the president, to deliver your “STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS” – an address that is meant to inspire and motivate the country to do better, to live better […]

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My tribute to Desmond Mpilo Tutu

He was dimunitive – quite affable – oftentimes quite rumbunctious, but he was never boring – never. I had the distinct honour and privilege to have met the “Arch”, together with the Reverend Frank Chikane and the Reverend Beyers Naude, while being a student at the University of the Western-Cape, during the turbulent days of […]

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

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Ep#40 Why Teach YOGA to Children?

It is a general perception that Yoga is for adults and not for children,  We were also a bit confused unbtill we spoke to our guest today about why should we teach Yoga to our children. Today we are in conversation with a special guest who is a journalist by profession, but is an avid […]

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