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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Fly, the beloved flag

It's a potent symbol of unity and progress. It's the only six-coloured national flag in the world. It's also one of the youngest, yet whatever shape it takes - and it's taken more than any other national symbol - it's instantly recognisable to South Africans everywhere.

Celebrating the vision of the Women’s Charter

Before the National Development Plan, before the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, before even the Freedom Charter, there was the Women’s Charter of...
Nelson Mandela descendants are today made up six children, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild born in 2017. Infographic by Mary Alexander.

Nelson Mandela’s family tree – infographic

Over his remarkable 95 years, Nelson Mandela's family grew to include three wives, six children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Download our high-res infographic to find out more.

Mandela and Tambo: a lifetime as comrades

Born in the Transkei a year apart, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo were friends for more than 60 years, from their student days through...

SS Mendi bell resurfaces

The bell from the ill-fated SS Mendi, the ship that took more than 600 South Africans to their watery graves, has surfaced.Priya PitamberIn a...
Day of Reconciliation

16 December: a day to learn from the past

South Africa's public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and recognition of the country's rich cultural history.

The history of South Africa

If the history of South Africa is in large part one of racial divisiveness, today it can also be seen as the story of the creation - from tremendous diversity - of a single nation.

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South Africa’s national anthem

It's one tune that Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Hashim Amla, Jean de Villiers, and Julius Malema all know the words to. It pulls together two anthems, five languages - and more than 49-million people. South Africans, take ownership of your song!
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Mapungubwe: South Africa’s lost city of gold

A thousand years ago, Mapungubwe was the centre of the largest kingdom in southern Africa, with a thriving trade in gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. Discovered in 1932 but kept under wraps by the apartheid government, Mapungubwe is one of SA's eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

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