March 21 marks the commemoration of Human Rights Day in South Africa – a day when the nation commemorates the historic 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, which became a turning point in the struggle for freedom.
This year, a generation of young people turn 21 – the traditional age of majority and independence. In South Africa, they share their birth-year with the country's democracy. A 21-year-old shares her experience as a born-free.
The victory over apartheid was a collective effort. Help from other African countries was decisive in the struggle. From bases in Angola to military help in Zambia, they all played a role.
The complex art of pyrography is used by artist Nicholas Ojo, who has created a series of portraits of the men and women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. Among the historical figures he has included are Nelson Mandela and Ken Saro Wiwa, but perhaps the most arresting is his portrait of the Mother of the Nation.
The private and public lives of Walter and Albertina Sisulu are explored in the exhibition, Parenting a Nation. Both were stalwarts of the anti-apartheid liberation struggle, parents of nine children – four adopted – and revered by an entire country, but above all, theirs is an enduring love story.
• Freedom Day: long time coming
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory “needs to be interpreted in new ways by new generations”. The objective of the revamped centre is to document the fragmented Mandela archive, and “ultimately to ensure it is made available to the public”.
• Robben Island revisited digitally