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A history of prison labour in South Africa

Prison labour has a particularly debatable history in South Africa.  Historically, South Africa operated on the understanding that prisons were places of punishment which was mainly executed through forced prison labour... 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 Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) formed African industrial unions, some of which were parallels of registered unions. These... read more
The rise of Afrikaner Nationalism like Capitalism and African Nationalism profoundly shaped the history of the country, and continues to... read more
1900 The East London Mayor's Minute for 1899-1900 states that 1000 refugees from war in the Transvaal and the Free State are camping... read more
This article was written by Andrew Bohannon and forms part of the SAHO and Southern Methodist University partnership project Women in the... read more
Like their African counterparts, the organisations of the coloured elite came out strongly in support of the British war effort. They... read more
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KwaMsiza is a village of 49 families located some 50km north of Pretoria. Its residents are Ndzundza Ndebele, and belong to three major... read more
Introduction We are not dealing with sets of statistics. We are talking about people of flesh and blood, who laugh and cry, who love and... read more
Prof. Allison Drew is a noted historian and writer on socialism and nationalism in the South African context. This is a collection of books... read more
Who were the hunter-gatherers? Many societies all over the world survived by hunting and gathering for most of the last 100 000 years. In... read more
In 1979, the Wiehahn Commission to investigate how to regulate labour legislation. The growth of unregistered trade unions, inadequate... read more
The South Africa Act passed by the British Parliament in 1909 combined the self-governing British colonies of the Natal, Cape, Transvaal... 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
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For some time there had always been a question in peoples' minds as to why the government had allowed the Congress of the People in... read more
The adoption of the South African Constitution on 8 May 1996 was one of the turning points in the history of the struggle for democracy in... read more
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The Black People’s Convention (BPC) was an umbrella organisation of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). BCM had its origins in... read more
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The involvement of China in South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid occurred in two different manners. Officially China had... read more
Transition to Armed Struggle The brief respite from the Treason Trial which ended on 29 March 1961 and the Rivonia arrests in July 1963 was... read more
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A township emerging as a result of the Group Areas Act of 1950, Lenasia was the scene of waves of anti-apartheid activity. Some African... read more
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The Battle of Ndondakusuka, which occurred on 2 December, 1856, was essentially a battle of succession.  Indecision on the part of... read more
Prehistory of Southern Africa The Durban area is probably best known for the historic Zulu kingdom, dating to the early 19th century. To... read more

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