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South African author and feminist Olive Schreiner is born

Saturday, 24 March 1855
South African author Olive Emilie Albertina Schreiner is born to Gottlob and Rebecca (Rebekah) Schreiner. During her youth she lived in Cradock in the Eastern Cape. She died in Wynberg, Cape Town, on 10 December 1920. The Department of Tourism in the Eastern Cape has converted a house into a museum and named it after her. Some of her works include: The Story of an African Farm, upon which her fame mainly rests. The first edition was published under the pseudonym Ralph Iron. A Track to ..
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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.

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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.