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First ANC Conference in SA in three decades

Friday, 14 December 1990
The African National Congress (ANC) held its first Consultative Conference in South Africa after thirty-one years from 14-16 December 1990. ..
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts run annually from the...


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Dr James Sebe Moroka

Dr. James Sebe Moroka was the great grandson of Chief Moroka I of the Barolong, from Thaba Nchu in the then Orange Free State.

Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli

Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, who became Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1960, was President-General of the African National Congress (ANC) from December 1952 until his death in 1967.

Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo

Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo (OR) was born in the village of Kantilla, Bizana, in the Mpondoland (eQawukeni), region of the Eastern Cape, on 27 October 1917. His mother, Julia, was the third wife of Mzimeni Tambo, son of a farmer and an assistant salesperson at a local trading store.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is the son of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela, a chief and chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Thembu and a member of the Madiba clan.

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki was born on June 18 1942, in Mbewuleni (meaning ‘place of seed’), a tiny village in Idutywa in Transkei. His middle name ’Mvuyelwa’ is Xhosa and means ‘he for whom the people sing’. Both his parents were teachers, activists and members of the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA later renamed the SACP).

Origins of the Battle of Blood River 1838

The origins of the battle are a matter of considerable debate. The background to this event can be found in two concurrent historical processes of the 1820s and the 1830s. 

uMkhonto weSizwe (MK)

On 16 December, 1961, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) was launched as an armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (Msholozi – his praise name) was born on 12 April 1942 at Nkandla in northern Natal (now kwaZulu-Natal). He is the first born of five children of his father Nobhekisisa Zuma and his second wife, Geinamazwi. His mother had three sons with his father, Jacob being the eldest.

African National Congress (ANC)

The African National Congress (ANC) is South Africa's governing party and has been in power since the transition to democracy in April 1994.