This podcast first appeared on the Sound Africa website, titled De Bijbel. My journey into exploring my own family tree began with the story of Krotoa . I quite stumbled on the tale of my own mysterious ancestor. All I had to go on was the name “Ouma Titties” and the idea that she may have been of Zulu ancestry. And so began my quest for my lost Zulu ancestor. Along the way I stumbled upon an old Dutch bible, which recorded my limited family tree.
This is the foundational podcast for my website. I work in the news media industry, radio is my lifeblood. Marketing, not so much! This website is my attempt at growing an audience for podcasts in South Africa. It is a largely unexplored arena in South Africa and I hope that I can make a dent on the market somehow. My focus is radio type documentary podcasts (far less than that passes for a podcast in SA today).
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We all come from complicated places. But in order to find ourselves, as a people, we need to learn to be comfortable in our own skin. I think my grandmother also had a Dutch bible. I inherited some beautiful bowls. It goes to every eldest granddaughter. It's 200 years old genuine cut glass. This comes from the boere family I come from.
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I think we got used to the term "coloured". The more I travel the more I find when you use the term coloured, especially to American's who feel its very derogatory, people don't like the term. And when you say "mixed race" well everybody's mixed. But I think it's neither here nor there. If what you associate with and what the connotation of the word is. However, I think the gist of what you have said and your story is one that resonates with all of us. And, like I say, us mixed people coloured people, all have that in our family. We go back one generation my grandmother was quite dark and my grandfather was fair when they divorced, my grandfather went back to living as a white man. Even in the marriage, he always pretended to be white so he would walk into "whites only". So that history is there. There's a white history. There's a black history. We all have it. We all come from interesting stories. And I think the main thing is how it affected us as people going forward. As mixed, where we are neither here nor there. It's affected our identity.
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I also have very similar and I'm sure most of us like you had the play whites in your family. My great grandfather was Jewish. I don't know, there's no evidence. But I just think that that's where we come from so we must never be shy. I had an uncle, he used to do our family tree, and the moment that he got to the zulu or xhosa side of the family no then the papers get put aside for a while. I think every most of us have that in our family. There were also heartbreaks: my dad's own sister. you know I haven't spoken to him so I cant really say but I have family that he's own sister my dad couldn't visit his own sister as well because she was living as a white person. It wasn't always good on the white side when the uncle lost his job I had to take food to them. But I was the only one who could do it because I was light skinned.
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This is the quintessential South African story! I have never heard of anything like it! Brilliant storytelling and weaving of audio. Super mastering! A most enjoyable listen!