Heritage in the Digital Age.

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While the digital age has enabled us to connect with the world of now from the palm of our hands, how does it help us reach back when it comes to connecting us to our ancestry?

With our heads in our phones, its easily expected that somewhere in the hundreds of trillions of individual webpages, you could find out where your roots lie.

In celebration of Heritage Month, YFM and Khutso Theledi took to the web to find out how far back the ‘Theledi’ surname branches.

Surfing over 30 sites, not much could be found regarding who the Theledi’s are. But according to, the surname was derived from ‘fiction’ and that there is no occurrence of it in all of the 6,028,151 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data. Obviously, this proves this is a very US-centric database of information.

When looking at ‘Silinda’ – according to this database – Khutso’s mother’s maiden name:

  • It is derived from Zulu culture
  • People from the following are most likely to have the surname: South Africa, Swaziland (mainly), United States, United Kingdom, Egypt, Finland, Nigeria
  • The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Silinda is Thursday, December 14th, 1905.
  • If Silinda was a first name: From 1880 to 2018 less than 5 people per year have been born with it.
  • This database says only 4 people in SA have the surname and 4 in Mozambique

Some of these ‘facts’ are tenuous, at best. How much of it is actually based on the real Theledi/Silinda linage and heritage?

Listen here as Khutso Theledi dissects her heritage with Grandfather Kukwana…






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