Steve Biko: a life too short

Steve Biko would have been 67 today. Instead the Black Consciousness Movement founder's life ended tragically, and brutally, when he was just 31.

Qunu museum gives life to Mandela’s legacy

The Nelson Mandela Museum, situated on a hilltop near the Mbashe river in Qunu, is more than just a static tribute to the former president. It also acts as catalyst for transformation and community upliftment in the village Madiba called home.
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South African writes best world children’s book

Anita Pouroulis was a school teacher and then a mother, using these experiences to write her children's books. And it has paid off: Pouroulis won the Best World Children's Book Award at the China Children's Book Fair in Shanghai.

Robben Island revisited digitally

Guide to the history and importance of Robben Island

Robben Island: "island of exiles", apartheid prison, symbol of the ultimate triumph of non-racialism over intolerance, sanctuary for bird and animal life ... World Heritage Site. The windswept island 12 kilometres off the coast of Cape Town is a place of mystery and amazement to those who visit it.

Twenty years of constitutional freedom

Today marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s Interim Constitution, signed on 18 November 1993. After centuries of conflict and oppression, the country made a leap of faith to establish, for the first time, a democratic and non-racial society governed by an advanced Bill of Rights.

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South Africa’s mother tongue education challenge

In a country with 11 official languages, and a beleaguered school system, the language of instruction is a contentious issue and young South Africans will suffer if language policies are poorly implemented.

Mandela’s South Africa: Two decades of freedom

After almost two decades of democracy the world is asking: “What has Nelson Mandela’s South Africa done with its freedom?” Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman Sachs International, discusses a new, data-rich, empirical report revealing that the country has, in fact, done a great deal.

1913 Land Act: images of loss

A wrenching photography exhibition at the Wits Art Museum vividly documents the dispossession, hardship and grief of black South Africans following the 1913 Natives Land Act.
South Africa looks back 100 years

Happy birthday, Archbishop Tutu

Nobel Laureate and archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu or the Arch, his affectionate nickname, turns 82 today. Despite his retirement, this "rabble-rouser for peace" continues to work for the good of all people.
UN lifetime award for Tutu

Two decades of freedom

South Africans and all freedom-loving people have been urged to observe Freedom Friday in the run-up to the anniversary of 20 years of democracy. Wear something to show your pride in being South African. Other initiatives are 20 Hours of Volunteerism, Wikipedia Wordathon, and 20 Memorable Moments.

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