Arts & Culture


Maritime history and heritage: shipwrecks

Why are shipwrecks important? Shipwrecks have always held a specific allure. The promise of hidden treasure, the unexplored and underwater adventure is so seductive that a healthy, global tourist industry has developed around shipwrecks. Although most people associate treasure with gold and silver cargo, historic shipwrecks provide maritime archaeologists with another kind of treasure. They gather immense amounts of archaeological, historical, scientific, social and technical in.. read more
Black Consciousness: Cultural Expression and Representation
Though first publicized as a respected medium for the liberation struggle in 1967, poetry and literary expression had been popularized throughout the... more
The History of Christmas Day and its celebration in South Africa
Christmas Day, celebrated on December 25 in Catholic, Protestant, and most Orthodox churches, is a public holiday in South Africa. On this day... more
National Heritage Day
Heritage Day is one of the newly created South African public holidays. It is a day in which all are encouraged to celebrate their cultural... more
Origins of major world religions reflected in SA
Religion is an important part of millions of people's lives across the world. Thousands of African people are converted to Christianity every day and... more
South Africa and the Olympic Games
Background What is today referred to as the “Ancient Olympic Games”, was a sports festival celebrated in honour of the Greek god Zeus in... more
South African Film
Feature Films are the long format, fictional (non-factual) films you see in cinemas. They are called long format because they are longer than most... more
History of South African National Orders and Awards
The birth of a new non-racial and non -sexist democracy in South Africa necessitated a critical review of the system of National Orders. The previous... more
National Newspapers and News Sites
National Newspapers and News Sites: Independent Online - Union of several South African newspapers such as Cape Argus, Cape Times, The Star Mail... more
Defining culture, heritage and identity
What is heritage and identity? People learn and are influenced by the place and the people around them. In a country like South Africa many people... more
Timeline of the History of Rugby in South Africa
1862 23 August, Canon George Oglivie organizes first recorded rugby match in South Africa at Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape between the Army... more
Towards a people's culture, Art and Resistance under apartheid
Art in the state of siege The Sharpeville Massacre was one of the most important turning points in the history of South Africa. It triggered a chain... more
Heritage Sites
There are two types of World Heritage Sites. The first represents cultural and the second natural heritage. Cultural sites Cultural heritage sites... more