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Sunday, September 22, 2019


(Thobani Simamane & Phumzile Nkosi. Photo by Niamh Walsh-Vorster)

Visit Phansi Museum this Heritage Day (Tuesday September 24, 2019, at 10h00) for the grand opening of Umshado, an exhibition celebrating African weddings and marriage.

Museum manager, Phumzile Nkosi, explains the reason for curating the show: “we want to show the beauty, especially on women, of black African culture”. Specific African accessories for brides will be used to decorate the life-sized dolls that the museum already houses. Accessories from Ndwedwe and areas outside of KZN will be on display in celebration of African wedding heritage.

The exhibition will highlight traditional utensils that were made and used at Umshado ceremonies. This includes beer pots for umqhombothi. Grass mat racks known as Amabaxa in isiZulu tradition, are a few examples of what will be included in the exhibit. Crafters from the KwaZwelibomvu area will be in attendance to celebrate the exhibition's opening.

Refreshments will be served, this includes umqhombothi for people to taste, entrance is free (donations are welcomed). Free entrance.

The exhibition runs until October 10, 2019. Phansi Museum is situated at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, in Durban. Contact the museum on 031 206 2889 or email or visit