Politics & Society

This article was written by Lucy Doyle and forms part of the South African History Online and the University of York Collaborative Project... read more
The “Bolton Hall Four” David Davis, David Hemson, Jeannette Cunningham-Brown and Halton Cheadle were banned for five years... read more
Botha appointed a President’s Council in October 1980 to oversee the process of piecemeal reform that would confer a modicum of... read more
The Progressive Federal Party (PFP), successor to the Progressive Party (PP), was formed after a group of liberal members of the United... read more
In 1973, Natal women formed a federation of Black women after Fatima Meer returned from the USA, where Black American women were moved by... read more
Background Heritage Day is one of the newly created South African public holidays. It is a day in which all are encouraged to celebrate... read more
During the 1930s there were attempts by African workers to organise and reconstruct all fragmented African trade unions into a large... read more
In June 1973, the Textile Workers Industrial Union (TWIU) Congress resolved to establish a parallel, unregistered union for African workers... read more
The Paper Wood and Allied Workers Union (PWAWU) was formed on 31 May 1974 in Springs, Transvaal. It was also established with the help of... read more
Those who formed part of the poorest section of the Indian community, such a labourers, artisans, market-gardeners bore the brunt of the... read more
The Sweet Food and Allied Workers Union (SFAWU) was established in 1974 with the help of the Urban Training Project (UTP). Amongst its... read more
SAYCO was regarded as the most significant youth organization to emerge during the 1980s. Initiated by COSAS, it focused on organizing the... read more
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It is nearly 15 years since the Socialist Party of Azania was first launched on 21 March 1998 after a grouping from the Azanian People... read more
On 2 November 1983, the government held a referendum to gauge White opinion on the new constitution and tricameral parliament – it... read more
The first white inhabitants Between 1820 and 1826, Afrikaner trekboer (migratory farmer) J.N. Brits trekked from the Cape Colony, crossed... read more
The NCAW was established in 1933 by a group of women in Kimberley. It amalgamated a number of smaller welfare groups countrywide that had... read more
Forced removals refer to the moving of people from their homes against their will. This may not always involve physical threat or force,... read more
This article was written by Nehal Patel and forms part of the SAHO and Southern Methodist University partnership project Gertrude Fester... read more
The HoD was dominated by the National People’s Party (NPP) of Amichand Rajbansi, who in 1984 had 18 seats to Solidarity’s 17,... read more
1884 Otto von Bismarck chairs the Berlin Conference to stem the scramble for Africa. Only Morocco, Ethiopia, and Liberia are recognized as... read more
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Introduction This feature examines the history of forced removals in Johannesburg up to the destruction of Sophiatown. It begins by... read more

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