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Thirty years ago in 1977 the beast of Apartheid snuffed out the life of one of the greatest thinkers in the liberation pantheon of South Africa: Steve Biko. He was too much of a threat to the rotten...
Author: Prithiraj Dullay
Publication date: 08 Sept 2008
South Africa is poised on a knife edge. Anything can happen. Last week Pravin Gordhan the Minister of Finance and former head of the S African Revenue Service, plus his deputy were recalled from...
Author: Prithiraj Dullay
Publication date: 03 April 2017
Q: Was the battle of Grahamstown all about black people attacking white people? A: No, coloured people fought on both sides and suffered great losses. Because Grahamstown was created as a base for...
On the 28 of June 1983, the people of Grahamstown heard the news of the impending ‘Independence’ of new black township council. The headlines in the Grocott’s Mail on that day read, ‘A “Homeland”...
Author: Sinethemba Yame
Born and raised in Grahamstown, SiphiwoMazwayisecretly left the country to join the armed forces of the African National Congress, MkhontoweSizwe. He ultimately lost his life in a shoot-out with the...
Author: Elron Kleinhans & Sinethemba Yame
Starting in 1856 The Cape Colony made a major shift in its policy towards the indigenous African people. Rather than fighting each other as enemies, Governor Sir George Grey sought to win Africans’...
In the first few decades of Grahamstown’s existence, formal segregation along race lines did not exist. People resided where they could best afford to live. The affluent could buy title deeds to...
Q: How did we get a place called Grahamstown? A: Before there was a town, the place was called Egume by the local people. Then the British came and named it after their military hero, John Graham....
Author: Elron Kleinhans
In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in...
Author: Elron Kleinhans, Jongi Mene, Dumasani Budaza, Sinethemba Yame
The smallpox epidemic is one that has raged the world over, killing countless numbers of people and wiping out entire ethnic groups and cultures, such as many hoekhoe and Native Americans. This...
Author: Elron Kleinhans
With the dawn of democracy, Grahamstown became the new home of a special cultural centre. It had started in Tanzania in 1986 as part of the African National Congress’s (ANC) initiative to create...
Author: Jongikaya Mene

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