Dr Manuel Will talking about the archaeological findings at Sibudu

THANKS TO THE RESEARCH TEAM!

Many thanks to KZN Professor Nic Conard of Tubingen University and his team for their support in the events organised by the Friends of Sibudu Commitee in March

BALLITO BREAKFAST BRIEFING – 23rd MARCH

Dr Manuel Will and Charlotte Mbali presented to about 12 persons at a Breakfast Briefing on Sibudu as an asset to the local Ballito community. Kobus Roelofse, Chairman of the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce, attended and has asked for a follow-up meeting. 

LIFELONGLEARNING MEETING - 23rd MARCH

Dr Manuel Will spoke on “Why is Sibudu a World Heritage Site?” and Charlotte Mbali presented a brief slide-show on open-museum activities, at a LifeLongLearning event on March 23rd. About 20 persons attended.  Many thanks to LifeLongLearning  for their support!

NDWEDWE EDUCATION CENTRE (Tongaat) 24th  MARCH 

The workshop at the Ndwedwe Education Centre was attended by 15 educators from local schools. Mr Sihle Makhanya, the Social Sciences Education Advisor for Grade 5, had organised their attendance and was present – he started the workshop with a hymn which was sung with enthusiasm – a good start! Then a lecture was given by two archaeologists, Viola Schmid and Gregor. The Sibudu Play, was then performed by CORE-ZA, and was enthusiastically received!

After tea the participants tackled active learning art and craft activities, in pairs, with obvious enjoyment.  They then presented their handiwork to the whole group.  The evaluation forms, both group and individual, were positive.

Activities in groups

Stone tools - knapping demonstration, then hafting a stone to a stick; sedge mats woven; skin skirts – models from newspaper cut-outs, sewn together; spear throwing, making digging sticks; tracking – matching pictures of spoor tracks to animals – printing spoor; body paint; making snares; threading shells to make necklaces.

Evaluation forms – some responses:

  • I had a wonderful experience listening and talking about the life of people I did not know existed.
  • The presentation was very good and learners learn by doing and this could enrich teaching/learning.
  • Everything was interesting. We even had a tea to boost ourselves
  • Good. Everything was perfect we had much fun, I would like to do this workshop again

 PAST EVENTS

DANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS & LEARNERS MEETING- 3pm, 9th MARCH
Two archaeologists spoke at this meeting. All the central Durban High schools were invited and also Westville Boys’ High and Durban Girls’ High.