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A newsletter issued by the Society of Young Africa (SOYA), seen as a forum to place articles in view of the liberation struggle against increasing oppression, consisting of new ideas of the Non-...
Publication date: 1959-06-00
Publisher: SOYAN, Durban
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Newsletter containing discussion on issues concerning conscientious objection, nonviolent means of change and the trial of Neil Mitchell, a Roman Catholic high school teacher who refused to do his...
Author: R J D Robertson
Publication date: 1982-00-00
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ANC Negotiations Bulletin, No.5, December 1991. Covers period of negotiations. Report of the All-Party Congress preparatory meeting, held 29-30 November 1991.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1991-12-03
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A newsletter issued by the Society of Young Africa (SOYA), seen as a forum to place articles in view of the liberation struggle against increasing oppression, consisting of new ideas of the Non-...
Publication date: 1959-12-00
Publisher: SOYAN, Durban
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, No 18, November 1982 of the Works Committee of the Mazimbu Project.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1982-11-00
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ANC Negotiation Bulletin, No.6, January 1992. Covers period of negotiations. Reports on the first meeting of Codesa, where a Declaration of Intent was adopted. Includes Declaration.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1992-01-16
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Summaries of news reports on South Africa. Digest compiled by the ANC.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1969-03-05
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Includes a letter to encourage non violent action towards peace and justice in South Africa, also to encourage others to report on injustices wherever they are and to put interested people in touch...
Author: R J D Robertson
Publication date: 1983-00-00
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ANC Negotiations Bulletin, No.7, March 1992. Covers period of negotiations. Reports on Government's acceptance of the demand for an interim Government.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1992-03-12
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First issue of a Bulletin produced by the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party, for internal discussion and distribution only. Issue covers the Augmented meeting of the Central...
Author: South African Communist Party Central Committee
Publication date: 1970-07-00
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Newsletter produced by SCANC (Students Committee Against New Constitution) urging support for a co-ordinated campaign by students to sign a petition rejecting the new Constitution Bill; UDF plans for...
Publication date: 1983-09-00
Publisher: Students' Committee Against the New Constitution Media sub-committee
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ANC Negotiations Bulletin, No.10, May 1992. Covers period of negotiations. Reports on Codesa II where no agreements were reached. Examines the way forward.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1992-05-18
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First issue of a newsletter of the South African Communist Party entitled Inkululeko - Freedom, published on the occasion of the Party's 50th anniversary.
Author: South African Communist Party
Publication date: 1971-07-00
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Includes issues on increasing levels of obvious violence and blood strife, and the concern that leaders opposed to apartheid seem to be searching again on non-violence solutions. Also information...
Author: R J D Robertson
Publication date: 1985-00-00
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ANC Negotiations Bulletin, No.33, July 1993. Covers period of negotiations. Focus on the Draft Constitution. Includes graphic representation of Interim Constitution recommended by the Technical...
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1993-07-30
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A newsletter of the South African Students Movement (SASM) that contains items on the Black Conciousness Movement, the banning of a SASO member and poetry
Publication date: 1973-04-00
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Bulletin produced by the Central Committee of the SACP for internal distribution only. Issue covers the replacement of the late Moses Mabhida as General Secretary, the appointment of a Secretariat, a...
Author: South African Communist Party Central Committee
Publication date: 1987-03-00
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ANC Negotiations Bulletin, No.34, August 1993. Covers period of negotiations. Focus on proposed regions and examines criteria for boundaries, national concerns, assumptions, regions. Includes map of...
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1993-08-11
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Typescript copy of a newsletter by the SACP entitled Inkululeko - Freedom. Examines recent strikes.
Author: South African Communist Party
Publication date: 1973-07-00
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Bulletin produced by the Central Committee of the SACP for internal distribution only. Issue covers the extended Political Bureau meeting, the Party Congress, the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik...
Author: South African Communist Party Central Committee
Publication date: 1987-06-00

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Art is an act of resistance. It asserts our agency. Omar Badsha has identified not only as an artist, but an activist for most of his life. Born in 1945, he grew up under the oppression of apartheid, facing injustice on a daily basis. He was harassed, his work was banned, and his movement was restricted. But Badsha fought back with photography. Today his work as a historian is ensuring that the truth of our past, and our future, remains free.     

Badsha discovered his love of politics through his father, being raised in a house where activists came to meet. He had dreams of studying art abroad, but in 1965 was denied a passport by the government. Nevertheless, he continued to create, and that same year one of his woodcuts won the first of many awards. As a man well known for his doggedness, veracity, and humanity, Badsha refused to exhibit his drawings and paintings in segregated galleries. When he joined the trade union movement he turned his eye to photography. Badsha’s first book of photographs, Letter to Farzanah, was banned after release. Now freely accessible, his book depicts the lives of South African children of all races and backgrounds during apartheid. “We came out of a society where our history was actually erased, totally, not recognised,” he says. “But we turned it around during the anti-apartheid struggle.”

Badsha’s extensive photographic work has been exhibited globally, and it’s his emotive images of ordinary people that illustrate the heart behind his activism. In the 1990s, Badsha was finally given his first passport. It was only valid for three months, but the freedom he fought for came soon after as South Africa held its first democratic elections on 27 April 1994. He then founded South African History Online, a non-profit project dedicated to preserving an open history of our country. It’s the largest website of its kind in Africa, and has a virtual classroom to help teach children. In 2017, Badsha was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University. His work serves as a reminder that the pain of our past is not to be forgotten. Instead, it is the key to our future, and our freedom.

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