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Poqo political trials and the execution of its operatives in the 1960s

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Mass mobilization of the 1950s culminated in the Sharpeville massacre on 21 March 1960... read more
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The destruction of the Zulu kingdom 1879 -1896 In the 1870s settler and colonial determination to bring Blacks under firm political control... read more
In his State of the Nation address on 9th February 2012, President Zuma uttered a promise that provisions would be made ‘for the... read more
Following the 1973 strikes, workers flocked to Bolton Hall to sign up with the General Factory Workers Benefit Fund (GFWBF). Membership... read more
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In the pre-colonial period, 1880 to 1893, the Pondo people (Mpondo) formed part of the Xhosa ethnic group, but differed in terms of culture... read more
The landscape of Black political activity in the 1960s was different that of the previous decade. The apartheid government had banished the... read more
On 13 November 1991, Nelson Mandela announced that the first constitutional talks would take place on 29 and 30 November at the... read more
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The year of 1985 signaled the beginning of the end of apartheid society and governance in South Africa. Following an upsurge of violent and... read more
..to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind. Winning a Nobel Prize is one of the... read more
The Federation of South African Trade Unions (FOSATU) was the first South African trade union federation that organised mostly Black... read more
After the French Revolution, the newly founded Republic of France conquered the Netherlands in 1795. The Netherlands became known as the... read more
Introduction The history of White colonial land dispossession did not begin with the passing of the Native Land Act in 1913, it spans back... read more
In August 1906, the British administration in the Transvaal passed the Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance (Black Act) to control the entry of... read more
The South African Party (SAP) led by former Republican generals Louis Botha and Jan Smuts won the 1910 general elections. The SAP won 63... read more
The Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) was established in April 1973 in with the assistance of the General Factory Workers Benefit Fund... read more
In May 1980 tenants of houses in the Greater Cape Flats Areas neighbouring areas were informed by the Cape Town City and Divisional Council... read more
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) was established in 1929 as an organization geared towards conducting research on race... 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
In June 1973, the Textile Workers Industrial Union (TWIU) Congress resolved to establish a parallel, unregistered union for African workers... read more
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Early years The history of the South African Defence Force (SADF) can be traced to the 1660s. When Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape in... read more
Following the recall of Thabo Mbeki as President, Kgalema Motlanthe  was elected the President and announced his Cabinet on 25... read more
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This article was written by Savannah Seara-Robitaille and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. The Congress of... read more

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