Podcast Episode 3 – The Recce [Show Notes]

The Recce is a newly released film that explores various emotional and historical themes against the backdrop of the South African Border War as well as the elite reconnaissance unit that served during this conflict known as The Recces. In this episode, we interview director Ferdinand van Zyl about his film and also explore his responses to criticism from the Border War veteran community. An … Continue reading Podcast Episode 3 – The Recce [Show Notes]

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)

PART II – The History of Zoos & Animal Welfare Organisations This is Part II of the Conquerors to Custodians series where we will explore a brief history of zoos, and detail the various facilities and organisations that manage and monitor them. Read Part I here. We’ll start this article with a brief history of zoos and animal parks in general and then as applies … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)

Our Podcast has Launched!

AND WE ARE LIVE! Citizen Historian has officially launched a podcast! Find us now on iTunes by searching “Citizen Historian” or through your favourite podcast app! https://itunes.apple.com/…/p…/citizen-historian/id1406860035 Our first episode is about African Superheroes where we interview the creators of South Africa’s first true superhero: Kwezi! Thank you to Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech for the amazing interview! If you liked what you heard, please leave us a positive review and … Continue reading Our Podcast has Launched!

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

PART I – Introduction There is so much to discuss on a topic like this, especially for someone like me who, although currently a historian, grew up working on a conservation facility with my family, and still works in this field on occasion. This article is not a quick pop-sci piece, this is a lengthy essay discussing the merits of zoological facilities and the issues … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

Podcast Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero [Show Notes]

On this episode of Citizen Historian, you heard an interview with Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech from Kewzi comics where we spoke about heroes, villains, popular culture and how this all applies to Africa and her growing cultural movements. Listen to “Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero” on iTunes Kwezi Links Kwezi Comics: http://kwezicomics.com Kwezi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwezi_flyboy Kwezi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kwezicomicbook/ Loyiso Mkize: https://www.instagram.com/loyisomkize More Info & … Continue reading Podcast Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero [Show Notes]

The South African Border War – A Brief History

“A country without a memory is a country of madmen.”  –George Santayana South Africa had humble beginnings as a refreshment station, founded by Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 in the Cape of Good Hope on behalf of the Dutch East India Company. The refreshment station would later grow to become Cape Town, the country’s current legislative capital.[1] In 1806, the Cape Colony was seized by … Continue reading The South African Border War – A Brief History