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Voortrekkers are defeated during the Battle of Boomplaats

Tuesday, 29 August 1848
The Voortrekkers under Commandant Andries W. Pretorius were defeated during the Battle of Boomplaats (near Bloemfontein) by the British under Cape Governor-General Harry Smith. The defeat forced the Voortrekkers to flee north of the Vaal River and into the Transvaal. ..
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South African History Online

The Contemporaries

For Women’s month, South Africa History Online (SAHO) is collaborating with Artthrob in an effort to highlight women artists who were active in the resistance as well as those currently pushing notions of visual culture for the new South Africa.


Marikana Massacre 16 August 2012

On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, some 100km northwest of Johannesburg in the North West Province. The fateful event left 34 mineworkers dead, 78 wounded and more than 250 people were arrested.

Herero Revolt 1904-1907

Present day Namibia was once a part of the imperial German empire. As was common during the scramble for Africa in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the territory was claimed and occupied by an expansionist European power, in this case Germany.

Second Anglo-Boer War 1899 - 1902

A number of interrelated factors led to the Second Anglo-Boer War. These include the conflicting political ideologies of imperialism and republicanism, the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, tension between political leaders, the Jameson Raid and the Uitlander franchise.


Black Sash

In 1955 a small group of white middle-class women who were predominantly English-speaking formed an organization called The Women's Defence of the Constitution League. Founder members were Jean Sinclair, Ruth Foley, Elizabeth McLaren, Tertia Pybus, Jean Bosazza and Helen Newton-Thompson (among others).

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.