Politics & Society

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Introduction A provisional settlement was reached in 1911. But in the letter of 12 September 1913 reproduced below, A.M. Cachalia, chairman... read more
"Two hundred thousand subterranean heroes who, by day and by night, for a mere pittance lay down their lives to the familiar 'fall of rock... read more
1984-1990:- The people armed Introduction Numerous factors characterised the intensification of the freedom struggle against the National... read more
“The time comes in the life of a nation when there remain only two choices –submit or fight”. In 2005 Dr Garth Benneyworth (Sol Plaatje... read more
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This article was written by Jonathan Cohen and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. The 1967 Terrorism Act was one... read more
1971 Closure of The Classic, by Nat Nakasa, editor. Publication of ‘Sounds of a Cowhide Drum’, Oswald Mtshali’s first book of poetry, by... read more
In 1971, GWIU workers walked out of Natal clothing factories, demanding a living wage and effectively halted industry for the day.  In... read more
Introduction On 9 January 1973, workers at the Coronation Brick and Tile factory, outside Durban, came out on strike. Immediately... read more
Following the 1973, Durban strikes, TUCSA seemed unwilling to hold to book employers. TUCSA had long paid lip service to the ideal of... read more
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Newspapers or publications by African people played a critical role in giving them an alternative space to articulate their views. The... read more
Background and policy of apartheid Before we can look at the history of the apartheid period it is necessary to understand what apartheid... read more
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This article was written by Jodi McNeil and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. The HIV/AIDS Crisis Emerges:... read more
Prison labour has a particularly debatable history in South Africa.  Historically, South Africa operated on the understanding that... read more
In 1912 Enoch Mgjimia, a lay preacher and independent evangelist, broke away from the Wesleyan Methodist Church and joined the Church of... read more
Around one-thousand people were employed in the Natal clothing industry in the early 1930s. At least half of the workforce was getting paid... read more

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