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10 Sep 2009
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This site provides access to local community histories of Pietermaritz-burg and its surrounding areas, including the cultural and social aspects of history. It is a growing resource to which people in the local communities can contribute.


This site is hosted by the editorial team at The Witness.

How you can participate?

Residents and visitors to Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas can participate in making this site a living record and resource. You are invited to contribute information, anecdotes, photographs and other visual records that are relevant to the history of the city and the region. You can also contribute by playing some free games. That is possible nowadays. Just by getting some free bonus codes from iNetBet that will net you a no deposit bonus of $10 or more. Your winnings will fully intact, but the site will pay us a small percentage for our referral link.

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Posted by thami shange on 27 Jun 2012
david cecil oxford matiwane - dco
Little data is available for the late struggle hero D.C.O. Matiwane. We are busy with his biography and are looking for articles, pictures and related stories of his time. This is also required for academic research purposes. Feel free to contact Thami Shange on 084 5199 438.
Posted by Rob Smorfitt on 14 Aug 2011
Pmb history

I have almost 1 000 postcards of Pietermaritzburg from 1900 to date. Took me a while to collect. Lovely to see old buildings now gone or derelict. Rob

Posted by Leslie Chiazzari on 31 Jan 2011
The Chiazzari family
I have recently been researching my family history which was initially very difficult as my family's origins are in Italy. However I was lucky to be in contact with a very kind man, Mr Mario Berruti, who extensively researched the family in Italy. He has now produced a book on the Chiazzari family from Italy to South Africa. It has been a most fascinating and rewarding experience.
Posted by john Deare on 29 Apr 2010
war and Pietermaritzburg
One of my earliest memories was an occasion when a friend of my Mother drove us up to Pietermaritzburg from Durban so that we could see my Father stationed at Hay Paddock undergoing training before he embarked for Egypt. I remember talking to him through a barb-wire fence in the moonlight
Posted by g bothma on 04 Feb 2010
wartime maritzburg
i would like to find out more about the ww2 prisoner camps and more about oribi hospital
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