Culture Corner: Uncovering One’s Ancestral Roots through DNA Testing

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Our connections with others, both past and present, shape us in profound ways. Understanding our cultural background and ancestry is crucial in developing a strong sense of self through engaging with family stories and crafting our own narratives which in turn establish an authentic identity. In today's cultural landscape, DNA testing and tracking have become increasingly relevant. In the South African context, it is not uncommon to find Xhosa-speaking individuals with Lesotho ancestry or Zulu-speaking people with Pedi roots. Some even discover connections to other regions within Africa and beyond. This phenomenon underscores the complexity of identity and the importance of exploring our heritage. On today’s culture corner, we are exploring the world of DNA testing and its impact on understanding our roots with General Practitioner at EasyDNA South Africa Dr Tsitsi Shenje.

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