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In the 1930s various trade unions from different backgrounds ranging from conservative craft unions, white racist industrial unions, white dominated racially mixed industrial unions and non-racial industrial unions merged to form on.. 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
The sinking of the SS Mendi was caused by the reckless action of the captain of the SS Darro. It remains the greatest wartime maritime... read more
The post-1948 period saw the African National Congress (ANC) abandoning its traditional reliance on tactics of moderation such as petitions... read more
On 19 March 1960, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) called on Black South Africans to leave their pass books at home and thereafter gather... read more
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A study of missionary settlement and the spread of Christianity in southern Africa during the period 1800 - 1925, including a piece on the... read more
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From the early years of colonial rule, South African youth had participated in various forms against the racist character of colonialism,... read more
For several years, different liberation organisations debated engaging in armed struggle against the Apartheid state.  Following the... read more
The origin of South Africa’s judicial capital goes back to the mid 19th century when Major H.D. Warden established a British outpost in the... 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
Context: The Emergence of a Pan-African Rhetoric The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), established on 25 May 1963, was the culmination... read more
With help from the General Factory Workers Benefit Fund, the National Union of Textile Workers(NUTW) was established in September 1973.... read more
In 1912 Enoch Mgjimia, a lay preacher and independent evangelist, broke away from the Wesleyan Methodist Church and joined the Church of... read more
1800: Historical Context Nelson Mandela traces his lineage back to the Thembu Chief Nxeko, one of the early Thembu Kings who ruled over... read more
Sotho (South Sotho or Basotho) people are concentrated in the Free State, Gauteng and Eastern Cape Provinces, with small groups in Namibia... read more
In the early hours of the morning of 16 December 1838, a battle was fought between the Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Andries... read more
On 16 December, 1961, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) was launched as an armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). The formation of the MK... read more
The identity of the Afrikaner Jew - what personifies the Boerejood? A Boerejood (‘farmer Jew’) or Boerejode (plural) is the... read more
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like body assembled in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. Anybody who felt... read more
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This article was written by Jodi McNeil and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. The HIV/AIDS Crisis Emerges:... read more
Causes of the War The First Anglo-Boer is also known as the First Transvaal War of Independence because the conflict arose between the... read more
This article was written by Justin Lawler and forms part of the SAHO and Southern Methodist University partnership project During the... read more

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