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.
For this Freedom Month it’s important for all South Africans to remember the struggle heroes who sacrificed their lives for our democracy. To mark 22 years of freedom, we salute 22 martyrs of the liberation struggle.
Father Michael Lapsley came to South Africa from New Zealand as a young man. In his adopted home, he could not ignore the horrors of apartheid. For his contribution to peace and reconciliation, he was recently named the recipient of the Public Peace Prize 2016 in the category "Global Peace and Reconciliation – Internationally Reputed Peacemaker".
The dusty town of Sharpeville has seen much history, from the massacre of peaceful protesters to the signing of the new Constitution of a democratic country. We look at the timeline of a place written into the history books.
South African Tourism is building a pilgrimage route following the life and times of Nelson Mandela through the four provinces that shaped his life. The organisation is confident that in time, people are going to see it as "a must-do kind of thing".
There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically, as South Africa, says Hugh Masekela. That incredible richness and extraordinary diversity is explored and honoured in Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa, a month-long arts and culture festival hosted by New York City's landmark Carnegie Hall.
Bram Fischer was Afrikaner royalty, but in forging his own identity he showed that it was possible for Afrikaners to reject apartheid while claiming their tribe. He was a man of courage and integrity, and a play of his life is telling his important story to a new generation. We cannot forget our history, says the playwright.
In a time of political turmoil and severe cultural repression, Shifty Records produced indie South African bands promoting free thought, and challenging apartheid. The record company, initially operating out of a caravan, grew to record some of the country's most important South African music.