The Museum will be closed all day on Friday, 6 December 2019 for a staff event. We will open on the weekend as per the normal trading hours. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The KwaZulu-Natal Museum will be commemorating 16 Days of Activism Campaign for NO violence against women and children. This global campaign aims to raise awareness about the devastating impact of violence against women and children and celebrate the victories of human rights.
The sixteen days will be commemorated from today November to the 10 December where awareness will be achieved through the form of displays and distribution of white ribbons to people who visit the museum. White ribbons symbolise peace and a pledge against abuse women and children. Red ribbons will be distributed on the weekend, to commemorate World Aids Day.
On Friday, 29 November the Museum will be hosting children from Lily of the Valley Orphanage, there will be a talk Life Line and Community Media Trust.
The KZN Museum’s education staff will be visiting the Cradle of Humankind this week with a view to improving their understanding of the topic of Evolution. They will be visiting the Education Centre at Maropeng as well as the Sterkfontein Caves.
The Cradle of Humankind is an area in South Africa where many fossils, tools, and other traces of early humans have been found. These traces provide valuable information about human evolution. The region is called the Cradle of Humankind. Maropeng, which is a Setswana word meaning 'returning to the place of our origins', takes visitors on a fun and informative journey of discovery using spectacular methods to tell stories of the evolution of life and the origins of humankind. Some of the earliest ancestors of modern humans were born there.
The KZN Museum is a natural and cultural history museum that offers a wide variety of talks, lectures, and tours that aligns with the school curriculum. Human evolution features in the grade 12 syllabus.
On Saturday 16 November 2019, Dr Geoff Blundell presented preliminary results of historical research on the Lochenberg family to descendants of the Lochenberg’s, as well as the Fynn’s Ogle’s, Rudd’s, Kok’s, Dunn’s, Biggar’s and others at Durban East Primary School. Nicholaas Lochenberg, a Dutch-speaking white man, born into the Cape Colony, absconded in the late 1790s when the British took over the Cape. He partnered a Khoisan woman, Sarah, with whom he had five children. Nicholaas was an influential figure on the south-eastern seaboard, assisting missionaries and being recognized as a ‘chief’ by a number of the paramount leaders in that part of the world. He lived close to Hintsa’s Great Place and in 1829, Faku, the principal leader of the Mpondo requested Nicholaas to fight against the invading Qwabe. In the battle Nicholaas and his Khoi forces, after wounding the Qwabe leader, Nqetho, were overwhelmed and killed.
After Nicholaas’ death, his son, Hans played a prominent role in the Nomansland region, between the Cape and Natal colonies. Hans was widely acknowledged as a Chief as well and the Mpondomise payed tribute to him while several San groups collaborated and joined his followers. By the 1860s, Hans boasted a retinue of 200 guns and 900 shields and was cultivating crops as diverse as coffee, sugar and bananas. Hans’ brother, William, was a catechist for the London Missionary Society. Some of William’s children married those of Henry Francis Fynn and throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, the Fynn’s, Ogle’s, Rudd’s, Kok’s, Dunn’s, Biggar’s and Lochenberg’s have intermarried. Somewhat fittingly, the great-great granddaughter of Hans Lochenberg also attended the event. While scattered throughout the country, many descendants of these pioneering surnames are today based in Wentworth; this community’s struggle for recognition is the subject of an ongoing research collaboration between Troy Meyers, a descendant of Hans Lochenberg, Angela Ferreira, a volunteer at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, and Dr Blundell, the Head of the Department of Human Sciences at the museum.