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SADF troops kill SWAPO guerrillas

Friday, 23 May 1980
81 South West African nationalist guerrilla fighters were killed by South African soldiers on 23 May 1980, during the protracted conflict for Namibian independence. ..
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South African History Online

The Namibian struggle for independence – 1966 – 1990 – a historical background

During the 1960s most of Africa’s countries had gained independence except for Namibia. Geographically, Namibia is made up of savannah, dry scrub land, as well as the Kalahari and the Namib Deserts.


A History of Official Government HIV/AIDS Policy in South Africa

In 1982, the first case of AIDS in South Africa was reported in a homosexual man who contracted the virus while in California, United States.

HIV/Aids Origins

The first recognised cases of AIDS occurred in the USA in the early 1980s (see timeline) and the origin of Aids and HIV has puzzled scientists ever since the illness first came to light. For years it has been the subject of fierce debate and the cause of countless arguments.

HIV/Aids in South Africa

HIV/Aids is a deadly disease, which is currently not curable. The United Nations AIDS agency (UNAIDS) says the evidence that HIV is the underlying cause of AIDS is ‘irrefutable’. HIV was isolated and identified as the source of what came to be defined as AIDS in 1983/84.

South African Defence Force (SADF)

The history of the South African Defence Force (SADF) can be traced to the 1660s


South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO)

The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) was founded in Windhoek, South West Africa (presently Namibia) on 19 April 1960 by Herman Toivo ja Toivo.


Conference - The Durban Moment - Revisiting politics, labour, youth and resistance in the 1970s

The 'Durban Moment´ popularly refers to the period in the early 1970s when Durban became the location of processes and events that were to impact significantly on the nature of the liberation struggle in South Africa.


Azanian People’s Organization (AZAPO)

In aftermath of the June 16 Uprising, the government cracked down on student activists and organisations alike. On 19 October 1977 the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) and related organisations was banned.


South African Students Congress (SASCO)

Background to the history of student organisations.