Our Constitution has got your back

South Africa’s Constitution protects the rights of all of us, so well, that it has real benefits in our everyday lives. That was the...

Why does South Africa celebrate Heritage Day?

Heritage Day – 24 September – is one of South Africa's newer public holidays, declared after the republic became a democracy in 1994. The...

What’s in a South African name? From Krotoa to Van der Stel

Despite generations of official efforts to keep South Africans apart, racial mingling goes back to the very first years when white and black met at the Cape of Good Hope.
Albert Luthuli

The legacy of Albert Luthuli

ANC president from 1952 to 1967, and winner of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert Luthuli was the most respected African leader of his era. The Albert Luthuli Legacy Project keeps the story of Luthuli - and the millions of people he represented - alive for a generation of South Africans born into freedom.
High school students taunt police photographers during the June 16 1976 youth uprising in Soweto, South Africa.

June 16 1976: The day youth changed South Africa’s history

It took a single day for young South Africans to change the course of South Africa's history, setting us on the path to democracy....
The home page of the South African History Online website. SAHO has been popularising and expanding knowledge of the country's rich and fascinating history since 2000.

South African history online

South African History Online is an impressive resource for both students and teachers, transforming history into a dynamic subject that offers new insight into the country's turbulent past and ever-changing present.

South Africa’s Constitution Hill

Constitution Hill, a multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of Johannesburg, was built on the site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group - Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them - were once detained.

Sophiatown: recalling the loss

It was on 9 February 1955 that the forced removal of over 60 000 people from Sophiatown began. Fifty years on, the City of Johannesburg pays tribute to the sons and daughters of its lost suburb.

Sharpeville: Remembering our struggle for human rights

Human Rights Day, 21 March, is a national holiday celebrating the sacrifices ordinary South Africans made for their freedom. In 1960, about 5 000 people gathered outside the Sharpeville police station. The crowd was peaceful, but 69 people died.
Outspoken women in journalism and media have shaped the history of South Africa

Three female pioneers of South African journalism

Ruth First, Noni Jabavu and Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin are just three examples of groundbreaking female writer-activists who made a difference in apartheid South Africa. These...


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