traditional healers

 
This land is our chemist
This land is our chemist
Elias Thabo Marotola was hard at work harvesting medicinal plants in a thicket at the foot of the Mogodumo mountain in Limpopo when he suddenly...
Traditional innovation
Traditional innovation
South Africa has long been recognised as a country rich in tradition and biodiversity. The plants that proliferate across its provinces and...
Traditional medicine in the academy is a reality
Traditional medicine in the academy is a reality
The government recognises the important role of traditional medicine in improving access to health care. The recognition has been demonstrated...
Sangomas learn to meld muti with conventional medicine
Sangomas learn to meld muti with conventional medicine
It is a hot day in KwaZulu-Natal and the sun beats down on the dusty roads of a township outside Pietermaritzburg's Edendale suburb. Leading away...
[Slideshow]Where tradition meets modern medicine
[Slideshow]Where tradition meets modern medicine
There has been tension between traditional and modern medicine, but is there space for the two to work together?
Sangomas' power challenges state
Sangomas' power challenges state
For centuries, sangomas have healed illness and divined misfortune. Estimates suggest there are about 200 000 sangomas in South Africa alone,...
The fashion designer who felt the call of the ancestors
The fashion designer who felt the call of the ancestors
Karabo Finger was not surprised when she was called to be a traditional healer. Her mother was a ngaka (sangoma) and she comes from a long...
Mining a threat to holy caves
Mining a threat to holy caves
The roots of the tree seem to hold open the earth. A rusty sign warns of "cave fever".
Make way for the wise man of Winterveldt
Make way for the wise man of Winterveldt
Traditional healer and lay preacher Khehla Nyamakazi is still the nerve centre of community life in the Winterveldt informal settlement, north of...
[Video]Sangomas of the 21st century
[Video]Sangomas of the 21st century
As the world embraces the digital era, traditional healers are incorporating social media and technology into their age-old practices.
[Video]Sangoma: Why I take ARVs
[Video]Sangoma: Why I take ARVs
Prudence Mabele, a sangoma and one of the founding members of the TAC, is adamant that ARVs are imperative to the survival of HIV positive people.
Prudence Mabele: "I have seen ARVs save lives"
Prudence Mabele: "I have seen ARVs save lives"
In 2004, more than 500 traditional healers took to the streets in protest against the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). They accused the HIV...

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