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The Second National Consultative Conference of the ANC has taken place. It opened on June 16th, the ninth anniversary of the Soweto uprising of 1976 and closed on the 23rd. We had originally planned...
Author: O. R. Tambo
Publication date: 25 June 1985
Comrade Chairman,  Comrades, Delegates, This day, the opening of the National Consultative Conference of the ANC, is a great and moving moment in the history of our struggle for national...
Author: O. R. Tambo
Publication date: June 1985
The Deputy President of the ANC, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, will deliver a lecture to celebrate the life and times of Oliver Reginald Tambo during the Mid-term Provincial General Council (PGC) of...
The Minister of Transport; S’bu Ndebele, Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, Chairperson of ACSA, Sindi Zilwa and the CEO, Monhla Hlahla, The CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, Danny...
Report on an investigation into alleged improper and unethical conduct by the President and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationships and involvement of the Gupta family in...
The Chris Hani Institute (CHI) was launched in 2003 to promote the values and principles practised by Chris Hani and others in their struggle to serve the aspirations of ordinary working people and...
Description: Director’s Report, Chris Hani Institute, October 2012 to September 201
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The effectiveness of any organisation depends on the organizing ability of its leaders. This paper maps out a guide toward effective leadership amongst the Black community particularly in the home...
Author: South African Students' Organisation
Publication date: 1972-00-00
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Court Monitoring Report Presented at the Black Sash National Conference on 11 March 1988 discussing Legal rights, claims against minister of Law and Order, terrorism trials, policing, trials,...
Author: Black Sash
Publication date: 1988-03-11
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Report from the Western Province African National Congress underground. Covers ANC work in the Western Province, youth, women, the Labour Relations Act and trade unions, ANC leadership in the Western...
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1982-02-12
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The Black Sash National Headquarters report for National Conference presented on 10 October 1975, discussing: General Elections, Campaign on African Women, Migrant Labour, Program for Social Change,...
Author: Black Sash
Publication date: 1975-03-10
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United Democratic Front International Youth Year co-ordinating Committee: brief report to regionsUnited Democratic Front delivered a blow to the racist Botha's regime grand reform plan, ie the tri-...
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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Report from C von Hirschberg and J D Viall regarding the situation in Namibia from a military and political persepctive as well as the importance of favourable media publicity
Author: C von Hirschberg
Publication date: 1989-04-61
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An account of hardships faced by African families after being forced to relocate at Elukhanyweni resettlement area.
Publication date: 1983-00-00
Publisher: Surplus People's Project
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Grahamstown Advice Office Annual Report to National Conference on 16 March 1976 discussing residence laws, migrant labour problem, forced removals, wage disputes, employment, unemployment, pensions...
Author: Black Sash
Publication date: 1976-03-16
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Report of a meeting of a sub-committee of the ANC National Executive Committee. Meeting held to propose new machinery, examine finances, request London comrades to explain the idea of a Council of...
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1966-08-24

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Art is an act of resistance. It asserts our agency. Omar Badsha has identified not only as an artist, but an activist for most of his life. Born in 1945, he grew up under the oppression of apartheid, facing injustice on a daily basis. He was harassed, his work was banned, and his movement was restricted. But Badsha fought back with photography. Today his work as a historian is ensuring that the truth of our past, and our future, remains free.     

Badsha discovered his love of politics through his father, being raised in a house where activists came to meet. He had dreams of studying art abroad, but in 1965 was denied a passport by the government. Nevertheless, he continued to create, and that same year one of his woodcuts won the first of many awards. As a man well known for his doggedness, veracity, and humanity, Badsha refused to exhibit his drawings and paintings in segregated galleries. When he joined the trade union movement he turned his eye to photography. Badsha’s first book of photographs, Letter to Farzanah, was banned after release. Now freely accessible, his book depicts the lives of South African children of all races and backgrounds during apartheid. “We came out of a society where our history was actually erased, totally, not recognised,” he says. “But we turned it around during the anti-apartheid struggle.”

Badsha’s extensive photographic work has been exhibited globally, and it’s his emotive images of ordinary people that illustrate the heart behind his activism. In the 1990s, Badsha was finally given his first passport. It was only valid for three months, but the freedom he fought for came soon after as South Africa held its first democratic elections on 27 April 1994. He then founded South African History Online, a non-profit project dedicated to preserving an open history of our country. It’s the largest website of its kind in Africa, and has a virtual classroom to help teach children. In 2017, Badsha was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University. His work serves as a reminder that the pain of our past is not to be forgotten. Instead, it is the key to our future, and our freedom.

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