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This Day In History

Camp David peace treaty is signed, ending 30 years of war between Egypt and Israel

Monday, 26 March 1979
On 26 March 1979, the Camp David peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  The treaty was brokered by the United States, and ended 30 years of war between Egypt and Israel. The ceremony took place on the White House lawn in Washington, and was broadcast live on television. The two leaders sealed the deal with a firm handshake, witnessed by President Jimmy Carter. ..
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South African History Online

Xenophobic violence in democratic South Africa

Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in South Africa has worsened. South Africa witnessed widespread xenophobic attacks since 1994 in provinces such as Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal.

The Homelands

The Bantustans or homelands, established by the Apartheid Government, were areas to which the majority of the Blacks population was moved to prevent them from living in the urban areas of South Africa.

Race and ethnicity in South Africa

Race and ethnicity have been and still is at the heart of South African history, politics, society and economy since the European colonisation. South Africa remains a complex mix of different races, cultural identities, languages and ethnic bonds.

Slave Resistance

Slavery was introduced to the Cape Colony by the VOC in its desire to boost the agriculture and food supply while retaining control in the new settlement.


The Early Cape Slave Trade

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 (VOC) settlement at the Cape only a small number of personal slaves had reached the Cape, mostly by accompanying their owners from Batavia until they were sold at the Cape.

The First Slaves at the Cape

On March 28 1658 the Dutch merchant ship the anchored at Table Bay with 174 Angolan slaves in her hold.

South African Communist Party (SACP)

On 30 July 2011, the South African Communist Party (SACP) celebrated its 90th anniversary. Initially known as the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after it had been forced underground.

The 1913 Mineworkers’ Strike

The formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910 was a development that had vastly different consequences for the various groups in the four former colonies.

1946 African Mineworkers Strike

On 12 August 1946 African mine workers of the Witwatersrand went on strike in support of a demand for higher wages - 10 shillings a day.