Welcome to the Sinomlando Website!

In the Zulu language sinomlando means: "We have a history". Yet for a long time the history of Christianity in Southern Africa was usually written from a Western perspective. The Sinomlando Centre for Oral History and Memory Work in Africa started at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, in 1994 with the mission to add indigenous oral history to the records. Sinomlando tries to recover the silenced memories of the Christian communities, particularly those which suffered under apartheid.

Gradually, however, the scope has broadened. There is a need for oral history in all sectors of society. In 2000 the Sinomlando Centre set up its Memory Box Programme, inspired by similar projects in Uganda and Tanzania. The aim is to give psychosocial support to families and specifically to orphans affected by HIV/AIDS: The memories of families are kept in a box which contains the story of deceased relatives as well as personal objects and memorabilia. The Sinomlando Centre has since become one of the leading research and training institutions for Memory Work in South Africa.

People in Township

 

 

Fulbright scholar hosted by Sinomlando for one year Read more...

Workshop with Biloba in Brussels – an initiative from the South to the North Read more...

Memory work with children of refugees in Cape Town Read more...

Technical support to memory work projects in Togo and Benin Read more...

Concluding workshop of the Memories of AIDS Project Read more...

First workshop with youth peer leaders Read more...

First workshop at Indaleni School for the Deaf Read more...

Memory Studies Symposium in Durban Read more...

Programme Manager Cliford Madondo graduates in Leadership and Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Read more...

Restructuring of the Sinomlando Centre Read more...

Two researchers from Sinomlando at an international conference in the Netherlands Read more...

Philippe Denis shares the findings of the ZMTE Oral History Project at the KZN Heritage Liberation Route Archive Colloquium in Durban Read more...

Former enemies take part in a reconciliation workshop in Mpophomeni township Read more...

Radikobo Ntsimane, Senior Research Manager at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum Services Read more...

Anni Tonin, Onjengami ‘s Project Manager, leaves Sinomlando Read more...

Two staff members from Sinomlando at Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States Read more...

A delegation from Virginia Commonwealth attends an oral history workshop facilitated by the Sinomlando Centre  Read more...

Closure of the Mpophomeni Oral History Project  Read more...

Two research papers by Sinomlando staff at the SAHARA Conference in Port Elizabeth   Read more...

 

Partnership with Whizzkids United for a joint project at Edendale Hospital  Read more...

 

A new book on the history of Fedsem  Read more...