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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on South Africa’s education system, which is evident from a 5.1% drop in the matric pass rates of 2020 compared to 2019. The pandemic has required schools to re-evaluate how they can best deliver the education syllabus to learners, the internet has aided greatly in this regard with schools being able to offer lessons via Zoom. However not all schools and learners
are fortunate enough to have internet access which has created an inequality gap.
In order to bridge this inequality gap, the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal has partnered with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum to help schools that have been affected by the pandemic. The idea is to create visual teaching aids for Life Science that complement the CAPS syllabus, in order for the learners to grasp the concepts easily. The KZN Museum’s Education Department took up the challenge and developed 120 teaching aids, which cover a total of 8 sections, ranging from grades 10 to 12.
These learning aids will be donated to 28 local schools, with each school receiving a single pack comprising of topics covered in the Life Sciences syllabus such as RNA, Viruses, Bacteria and Mitosis to name a few. The aids are not only meant to stimulate the learners visually but are designed to be interactive, allowing both students and teachers to actively construct a cell or build an RNA strand, which will hopefully result in better memory retention.
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We’re kicking off Human Rights month with a bang!
Today marks the 8th annual celebration of Zero Discrimination day. This is an initiative by the UNAIDS organisation, created to combat discrimination against individuals in the world. Zero Discrimination Day celebrates the right for everyone to live a full and productive life and to live with dignity. This year’s theme is all about taking action to end all shapes and forms of inequality, from disability, income, sex, age, race, gender identity, religion, health status and ethnicity.
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We have regular requests from many scientists to examine specimens in our collections. It is often preferable to send photographs to scientists instead of actual specimens. Many scientists even prefer that we send them photographs. This strategy also gives the specimens greater protection from damage and loss.

The advances in digital photography mean that nowadays we can often provide better photographs than appeared in the publications where species were originally described. The Natural Sciences Department continues to provide photographs of shells deposited in our collections to scientists across the World. During 2020 and the beginning of 2021 we published the third paper on name-bearing types deposited in the Museum with illustrations of 20 species. We also provided photographs of 55 other shells to scientists in South Africa, Mauritius, Brazil, Italy and France. Few examples are below.

Amblychilepas platyactis McLean & Kilburn, 1986. Holotype. Scale bar: 10 mm.

Sukashitrochus maraisi Herbert, 1986. Holotype. Scale bar: 1 mm.

Typhinellus amoenus (Houart, 1994). Holotype. Scale bar: 20 mm.

Chicoreus ramosus (Linnaeus, 1758). Scale bar: 50 mm.



Chicoreus ramosus


Sukashitrochus maraisi


Amblychilepas platyactis

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On Friday 12th of February 2021, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in conjunction with a local group called, Blue Birds, organised a canoeing coaching clinic for previously disadvantaged children in the Cato Ridge area. The aim of the coaching clinic was to raise awareness of canoeing as a sport and to help aspiring canoeists get skilled and gain knowledge on canoeing.
The coaching clinic was facilitated by none other than, Thulani Mbanjwa, who is a former winner of the Dusi Canoe Marathon and the head of the Lembethe Canoe Club, along with Khumbulani Nzimande, who won the last edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon. The pair had some very inspiring words to share with the participants, who were excited to have them in their own backyard.
The coaching clinic was proceeded by a race across the Nagle Dam, with members of the Lembethe Canoe Club competing against each other. The whole event was concluded with an award ceremony, where participants were handed certificates for taking part in the event.
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Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 15:30 
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Adults (over 17 years) : R10.00

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School Learners on tour : R 1.50 per child

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