My group and I have been invited to spend the night, modern Zulu-style, at their home in the KwaZulu-Natal province. From my seat on the couch, I can see out the living room window to the green terraces dotted with Zulu houses. They all seem to cling precariously to the earth, as if one rumble would send them sliding. In front of each house is a collection of kids, chickens, goats and cows. So many cows.
In , American writer Rebecca Hourwich Reyher recorded the remarkable life story of Christina Sibiya, the first of sixty-five wives of the uncrowned king of the Zulus. What Reyher faithfully recorded--and then crafted into a moving narrative--is the riveting story of a South African woman who entered life among the Zulu royal family and then, after enduring psychological and physical abuse, found the courage to leave. In , fifteen-year-old Christina Sibiya left teaching at a mission school to become the first wife of Solomon ka Dinuzulu. While at the royal household, Sibiya successfully adjusted to the expectations of her new position, finding her place among the other wives, and negotiating Zulu and Christian tradition. The royal headquarters, however, became increasingly plagued by divisiveness, dissolution, and ill health. After a series of hardships, climaxing in a beating by Solomon, Sibiya, at the age of twenty-eight, escaped to Durban. Although pursued by Solomon's representative, Sibiya successfully resisted Solomon's authority by testifying first in a European magistrate's court, and then at the royal headquarters, that her marriage was invalid.
Duduzile Zwane , University of Johannesburg. Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women around the world. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a traumatic experience. In addition to the pressure of living with a potentially fatal illness , breast cancer patients may suffer physically during treatment.
The authors confirm that the data supporting the findings of this study are presented within the article. However, adherence to cervical screening programmes of black women living in rural South Africa is not universal. This study was conducted at the gynaecology and antenatal clinics in a secondary referral hospital in rural KwaZulu-Natal. A hospital-based cross-sectional study was undertaken in the form of a semi-structured patient questionnaire survey with open and closed questions.