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Ruth Perry is elected to lead Liberia, thus becoming Africa's first female head of state

Saturday, 17 August 1996
History was made in Western Africa when, for the first time, a woman, Ms Ruth Sando Perry, was unanimously elected at a meeting of West African heads of state to become the third chair of Liberia's ruling council. Perry, victorious over two male contestants, became head of the transitional government, thereby modern Africa's first woman head of state. Perry was mandated to execute the daunting task of leading her country from a devastating seven year civil war to peace under a sub-regi..
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The events at Lonmin Mine in Marikana in the North West Province were a tragic stain on the history of post Apartheid ...read more
The earliest human ancestors (Homo erectus and Homo habilis) have their origin in East Africa more than 2 million years ...read more
The first treason trial in South African history post apartheid regime is under way amid high security at the Pretoria ...read more
1859 After protracted negotiations between the Natal Government and the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, ...read more
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This period is characterized by British occupancy, Wars of Dispossession, colonial expansion and growth of African and ...read more
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The period preceding the formation of the South Africa Union witnessed the establishment and growth of trade unionism ...read more
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The 1980s witnessed a convergence of forces in the trade union movement as they formed themselves under an umbrella ...read more
January 1992: The IFP publishes its constitutional principles. 08 January 1992: The ANC gives it annual statement. 20 ...read more

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