Politics & Society

The outbreak of the First World War was precipitated by the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife... read more
There were several reasons why Johannesburg urgently needed a laundry service. Water was not easily obtainable ”” the nearest natural... read more
This article was written by Joshua Richman and forms part of the South African History Online and the University of York Collaborative... read more
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Before the formation of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in 1990, there was an existing teacher’s union called the... read more
From 10 to 31 October 2011, South Africa will be conducting its third census since the advent of democracy in 1994. Undertaking a census is... read more
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The year 1658 marks the beginning of the slave trade at the Cape colony.  During the first four years of the Dutch East India Company... read more
The Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW) was formed on the 8th of December 1984, bringing together close to 200 women from all over the... read more
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In 1894, Pondoland was annexed by the Cape Colony. It was one of the last occupied areas in South Africa. The area was not occupied by... read more
Introduction  Nationalism refers to an ideology, a form of culture, or a social movement that focuses on the nation. It emphasises the... read more
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Mkhumbane is a three-act musical with lyrics written by Alan Paton and the music by Todd Tozama Matshikiza. In 1959 Matshikiza wrote the... 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
This article was taken from the book The Final Prize by Norman Levy (Chapter 14) The Grand Coup: Rivonia The Rivonia Trial set the... read more
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In aftermath of the June 16 Uprising, the government cracked down on student activists and organisations alike. On 19 October 1977 the... read more
"We seek to create a united Democratic and non-racial society. We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live... read more
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Political Organisations African National Congress (ANC) Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) South African Coloured People Organisation (SACPO)... read more
After the fall of Port Natal Port Natal Andries Pretorius arrived from Graaff-Reinet. On 25 November 1838 Pretorius took over leadership as... read more
For several years, different liberation organisations debated engaging in armed struggle against the Apartheid state.  Following the... read more
This article was taken from the book The Final Prize by Norman Levy (Chapter 10) Time for a Chartist Movement The idea of the Freedom... read more
Pan-Africanism is the belief that people of African descent have common interests and should be unified. Historically, Pan-Africanism has... read more
In 1990, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP)... read more
Within 37 African countries, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has listed 135 World Heritage Sites... read more

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