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Members of Bambathas homestead are pursued by policemen for refusing to pay the ‘hut tax’

Thursday, 8 February 1906
Natal in the early years of the 20th century became the site of conflict between Colonial Administrators and autonomous African chiefdoms. The death of Cetshwayo in Eshowe in 1884, the last of the independent Zulu kings left the task of resistance to colonial rule to be pursued by minor chiefs. ..
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South African History Online

Group Areas Act of 1950

The National Party was elected in 1948 on the policy of Apartheid ('separateness'). This 'separateness' put South Africans of different racial groups on their own paths in a partitioned system of development.


Urban Removals - the Destruction of Sophiatown

This feature examines the history of forced removals in Johannesburg up to the destruction of Sophiatown. It begins by establishing the link between the destruction of Johannesburg’s inner city slum yards and the significant growth in Sophiatown’s population.


Land: dispossession, resistance and restitution

The history of white colonial land dispossession began at the Cape with the expansion of the Dutch colonial settlement established by Jan van Riebeeck on behalf of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).

Women in African Literature: Writing and Representation

Africa has produced a number of female authors who were, and still are, able to assert themselves as writers, both on a national and international scale. However, information on the lives and works of these authors are scant.

ANC January 8th Statements

The ANC in exile issued its first January 8th statement in 1972, the founding date of the ANC.  This statement outlined the organisation’s programme for the year. Following a hiatus, the ANC issued its next January 8th statement in 1979. 

The CODESA negotiations

On October 25 1991, ninety-two organisations that were united in their opposition to apartheid gathered in Durban to form the Patriotic Front. The Front deliberated over the negotiation process. During the two days of discussion the mechanism and technicalities of transition and a changeover of political leadership were clarified.

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