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Vuyani Bungu wins IBF World Boxing Title

Saturday, 20 August 1994
The South African junior feartherweight, Vuyani Bungu, registered a stunning victory against highly rated American Kennedy McKinney at Carousel to lift the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title. The victory earned Bungu recognition and respect as he was playing second fiddle to his stablemate Welcome Ncita, who had failed to retain the same title from McKinney. Click here to view Bungu career record. ..
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Apartheid crumbles, Women in the turmoil of the 1980s

The 1980s saw escalating state repression and mass detentions. In a frenzy of desperate reaction, the government declared a series of back-to-back states of emergency from 1985 to 1987.

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South Africa and the Olympic Games

What is today referred to as the “Ancient Olympic Games”, was a sports festival celebrated in honour of the Greek god Zeus in the town of Olympia. As far as could be established by modern archaeologist this festival lasted from some time before 776 B.C. to 393 A.D.

Haile Selassie I

The 225th and last Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie was born in Ethiopia in a region called Ejersa Gora on 23 July 1892. His birth name given by his parents was Lij Tafari Makonnen.

The Black Sash Organisation: A History of Transformation

The Black Sash women’s organisation transformed throughout the course of apartheid. Though the process was not simple, the initially conservative league developed into a broad humanitarian organisation that still works in today’s South Africa.

The 1913 Women’s anti-pass campaign in the Orange Free State

When the Union of South Africa was established in 1910, there was already a foundation for pass system. However, over time men and women resisted the imposition of passes as it severely restricted their freedom. 

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Role of Black people in the South African War

The South African War of 1899-1902 was essentially a 'White mans' war, fought to determine which white authority had real power in South Africa but other populations groups like the Zulu, Xhosa, Swazis and Basotho and Sothos were also involved in the war. 

Women’s resistance in the 1960s - Sharpeville and its aftermath

As the 1950s gave way to the 1960s the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) both announced plans to tackle the pass laws for blacks (both men and women) with massive protests, civil disobedience and pass burnings.

The turbulent 1950s - Women as defiant activists

In the 1950s the government's increasingly repressive policies began to pose a direct threat to all people of colour, and there was a surge of mass political action by blacks in defiant response. The 1950s certainly proved to be a turbulent decade..

Apartheid crumbles, Women in the turmoil of the 1980s

The 1980s saw escalating state repression and mass detentions. In a frenzy of desperate reaction, the government declared a series of back-to-back states of emergency from 1985 to 1987.