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F.W. De Klerk is inaugurated

Wednesday, 20 September 1989
After the September general election, F.W. De Klerk was inaugurated as the new State President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. De Klerk had been Acting State President since 15 August 1989, following the abdication of President P.W. Botha in August. President De Klerk started South Africa on the road to full democracy. In February,1990, he freed Nelson Mandela and unbanned the African National Congress (ANC) and other liberation movements. ..
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Sona Patterns - Revisiting the Contributions of the People in Sub-Saharan Africa to Modern Mathematics

Ancient sand patterns from Southern Africa play an important role in modern DNA analysis, noting also that the earliest recorded female mathematicians, on a global scale, were from Africa. We uncover part of our common heritage.

King Kong the Musical 1959 -1961

King Kong: An African Jazz, was the first all- Black South African musical which opened in 2 February 1959. The musical chronicles the rise and fall of champion boxer Ezekiel ‘King Kong’ Dhlamini.

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The Ideology of the Black Consciousness Movement

The emergence of the Black Consciousness movement that swept across the country in the 1970s can best be explained in the context of the events from 1960 onwards. After the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, the National Party (NP) government, which was formed in 1947, intensified its repression to curb widespread civil unrest.

Music and culture as forms of resistance

Music was a central feature of the urban culture that developed in Johannesburg and in Sophiatown in particular. It was here that the most important developments in indigenous jazz took place.

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South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO)

The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) was founded in Windhoek, South West Africa (presently Namibia) on 19 April 1960 by Herman Toivo ja Toivo.

Nobel Prizes and South African Laureates

Winning a Nobel Prize is one of the highest international honours that can be bestowed on a person. It brings global recognition and attention to a winner's work, and will help to generate funds to ensure the continuation of this work. It highlights our best and brightest.

Defining culture, heritage and identity

People learn and are influenced by the place and the people around them. In a country like South Africa many people have learned from stories told to them.

Afrikaans: the Language of Black and Coloured Dissent

Afrikaans, the official language during South Africa’s Apartheid era, often occupies a politicised space as the ‘colonial’ language of the White Afrikaner oppressor.

Spark: A Progressive Arts Project Publication

Spark was a 'Progressive Arts Project Publication' which was printed in the late 1980's and included poetry as well as topical cultural concerns in relation to the struggle.