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.

South Africa’s Unesco World Heritage Sites

The oldest visible meteor crater on earth. The island prison that held Nelson Mandela. The remains of an ancient African city state. Evidence of the earliest humans, and the richest and most beautiful collection of cave paintings south of the Sahara. South Africa is home to eight Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Robert Sobukwe

Robert Sobukwe: ‘There is only one race. The human race.’

As South Africa marks Human Rights month, we pay tribute to one of South Africa's greatest but sometimes forgotten heroes of the struggle for freedom.

A wild beard and fierce convictions

Many voices brought down apartheid, and writer Cornelius Thomas is determined the less-famous activists will also be remembered for their participation in the struggle. 
Cultural group writes own history

Ahmed Kathrada

Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

Former Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. He was 87. After 1994, Kathrada served as a...

South Africans championing human rights

Besides the late Nelson Mandela, many other South Africans have stood up for human rights. Among their names, we can count people like Desmond Tutu and Miriam Makeba. They have all devoted their time and talents to improving the lives of all people.

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South African historical novel commemorates SS Mendi centenary

South African writer Fred Khumalo uses the historical context of the sinking of the SS Mendi as background for his latest novel, Dancing the...

Five globally important archaeological sites in Africa

From Great Zimbabwe to Nubian pyramids along the Nile River, Africa, as the Cradle of Humankind, holds many of the world's greatest archaeological treasures....

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