African beads still hold strong traditional values and identity

Beads continue to be a proud expression of cultural values in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Xhosa communities.

Often worn by traditional healers and individuals held in high esteem in certain communities, the Masai in Kenya and people from Mongolia still wear them.

The area between King William's Town and East London was one of the most popular colour [pink] won by abafana, the recently initiated young men.

Stephen Long, beadwork collector and dealer

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to bead work collector and dealer, Stephen Long, about the history and meaning behind the adornments.

He has travelled extensively through the Eastern Cape province, studying and collecting quality glass beads.

Listen to the conversation below:

The use of the bead work has become more restricted now, you'll see it at traditional ceremonies but not usually work casually.

Stephen Long, beadwork collector and dealer
Read More
Scrapping provinces may widen gap between citizens and govt -  Pierre de Vos

Scrapping provinces may widen gap between citizens and govt - Pierre de Vos

Constitutional law guru Pierre de Vos weighs up the pros and cons of removing the provinces system in South Africa.

Should job ads include potential salary pay? It's a tough one for our listeners

Should job ads include potential salary pay? It's a tough one for our listeners

Should possible employers disclose salary ranges when publishing job posts and vacancies? Callers share their diverse opinions.

Rainfall pushes Vaal Dam level up to nearly 72%

Rainfall pushes Vaal Dam level up to nearly 72%

Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says the current rains have raised dam levels, leaving the Vaal Dam now 71.62% full.

Unbanning dagga products could improve medical research, says MCC

Unbanning dagga products could improve medical research, says MCC

The Medical Control Council says that proper clinical trial data is needed to assess the benefits of cannabis-containing products.

Sesotho balladeers 'Encore' serenade listeners on #702Unplugged

Sesotho balladeers 'Encore' serenade listeners on #702Unplugged

Encore, an ensemble of three smooth musicians, are bringing Setswana music back with a soulful twist. Watch them perform live.

Radio gave me an escape to dream, reminisces legend Bob Mabena

Radio gave me an escape to dream, reminisces legend Bob Mabena

Veteran radio personality and musician Bob 'Uncle Bob' Mabena opens up about his journey to becoming a respected broadcaster.

Popular articles
Mcebisi Jonas refuses to be drawn on rumours of Finance Ministry reshuffle.

Mcebisi Jonas refuses to be drawn on rumours of Finance Ministry reshuffle.

Deputy Finance Minister says Gordhan will deliver a pro-poor budget on Wednesday 22 February in Parliament.

Makasi seeks legal advice for being called Nomvula Mokonyane's 'Ben 10'

Makasi seeks legal advice for being called Nomvula Mokonyane's 'Ben 10'

Central Energy Fund chairman, Luvo Makasi, has denied a City Press report that he calls shots in the Water Affairs Department.

Eusebius McKaiser: Where the hell were you in the making of JZ, Mathews Phosa?

Eusebius McKaiser: Where the hell were you in the making of JZ, Mathews Phosa?

Eusebius McKaiser uses Open Line to send a message to former ANC Treasury who has recently urged Zuma to step down.

Does God exist? A debate

Does God exist? A debate

Eusebius McKaiser hosted a heated debate on God's existence with atheist Jacques Rousseau and believer Mahlatse Winston Mashua.

The benefits (or dangers) of eating once a day

The benefits (or dangers) of eating once a day

Dietitian lambasts author of book punting one meal a day, but trained vet remains firm that humans historically ate like this.

Opinion: Xolani Gwala weighs in on tax hike speculation

Opinion: Xolani Gwala weighs in on tax hike speculation

Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it expects Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to increase personal income tax.

Xenophobia fears simmer in Tshwane

Xenophobia fears simmer in Tshwane

Foreign nationals say police are not protecting them after houses were set alight by angry community members.

You can replace Gordhan with a dog and it would do as good a job - senior journo

You can replace Gordhan with a dog and it would do as good a job - senior journo

Financial journalists Duma Gqubule and Sikhonathi Mantshantsha debate Brian Molefe's eligibility to head National Treasury.

Molefe should reject MP offer (if he stands for excellence)- Eusebius McKaiser

Molefe should reject MP offer (if he stands for excellence)- Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius McKaiser says if Brian Molefe accepts the offer it would reinforce the idea that he has been a wolf in sheep's clothing.