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.
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...
South African flag

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.

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 Pitamber In 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.
Zola Skweyiya

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!
Godl rhino

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.

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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