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General Barry Hertzog, former South African Prime Minister, dies

Saturday, 21 November 1942
James Barry Munnick Hertzog was born into a German immigrant family in 1866. He attended school in Kimberly and Stellenbosch, and completed a Bachelor's degree in England, as well as degree in law at the University of Amsterdam. He became increasingly disillusioned by the treatment of Afrikaners by the British colonial government and attempted to challenge this injustice through the study of law. Upon his return to South Africa, he worked as an advocate in Pretoria. ..
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Saturday, 25 November 2017



South African History Online

Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW)

The Federation of South African Women (FEDSAW or FSAW) was launched on 17 April 1954 in Johannesburg as the first attempt to establish a broad-based women’s organisation. 


Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) was launched on 1 December 1985, at the height of the struggle against apartheid. 

Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU)

During the 1920s, the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) - which changed its name to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1923 - did not accomplish a great deal to improve the lives of black South Africans.

The Padavatan Six and the 1917 Natal Floods

On 28 October 1917 more than 400 market gardeners from the Springfield Flats (Tintown) area in Durban, Natal (now Kwazulu-Natal) drowned when the banks of the Umgeni (uMngeni) River burst after heavy rains.

Land, Labour and Apartheid

Land and labour are two very important elements of the economic development of a society, and the way they are used will influence how the society develops. In South African history there has always been the fight for ownership of land and the need for cheap labour.

The Industrial Workers of Africa, 1917-1921 by Bikisha Media Collective

The history of four years of the revolutionary multi-racial union in South Africa, the Industrial Workers of Africa, and the labour movement at the time.

Working Life - Factories, Township and Popular Culture 1886 - 1940 - Introduction

Today, just over a century after the discovery of gold on the Rand, the nature of South Africa’s future is in the balance. But the future does not exist in a vacuum — it is being struggled over in the townships, the schools, the mines and factories, on the borders of our country and even beyond. 

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle

In the late-19th century, Russia was engaged in rivalry with the British Empire, especially in Asia, and sought to establish relations with England’s enemies.


Timeline of the Labour and Trade Union Movement in South Africa 1881 - 1919

The period preceding the formation of the South Africa Union witnessed the establishment and growth of trade unionism which continued even after formation.