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Kay Moonsamy during his visit to Red Square, 13th June 2016 Kesval ‘Kay’ Moonsamy (5 July 1926-21 June 2017) (6/28/2017) - Last week the country lost another of its great stalwarts of democracy with the passing of Kesval Moonsamy. Popularly known as 'Kay', Moonsamy was a member of a number of political organisations, becoming a trade union member at a very young age. Having started work at Rhodesian Timbers Limited when he was just 14 years Continue Reading
The Two Berthas (6/22/2017) - While the large majority of the people viewed as heroes of the anti-apartheid movement are men, women too played a very significant role in the fight for democracy in South Africa. While for some that role was in the form of supportive mothers and wives, who made it possible for men to leave their families Continue Reading
Students protest in Soweto against the introduction of Afrikaans in schools On This Day….. (6/16/2017) - The 16th of June 1976 is commemorated in South Africa as Youth Day, in remembrance of the countless children who lost their lives during the Soweto Youth Uprising. To read the list of the names of children killed during the 1976 student protests is beyond heartbreaking - unarmed students gunned down by police for trying to Continue Reading
Ismail Meer & Monty Naicker with Chief Luthuli and his daughters, Grey Street, late 1950s Ranjith Kally (1925-6 June 2017) (6/7/2017) -   You may not know the name Ranjith Kally, but you will definitely be familiar with his work, and there's no doubt that the names of the countless political personalities that Kally photographed will ring a bell. Kally, who worked for some thirty years as a photojournalist for Drum Magazine and its sister publication, Golden City Post, was responsible for Continue Reading
Have You Heard From Johannesburg? (5/25/2017) - The evils of apartheid, and the pervasiveness of the system, meant that it was a war that required a multi-pronged attack. While the ANC, and other opposition parties, first began their fight with passive resistance, their came a point when a change of tack was required. The work of Umkhonto we Sizwe is relatively well known, Continue Reading
Fort Hare staff members marching against the Bantu Education Act, 1958 The University of Fort Hare (5/19/2017) - The University of Fort Hare, possibly South Africa's most famous educational institution, has had something of a checkered past. Opened in 1916 as the South African Native College by Christian missionaries, the school offered a European-style education for students from across sub-Saharan Africa. While the missionaries were part of colonial expansion, which came with its own set of prejudices, they did Continue Reading
Oliver Tambo speaking at an ANC solidarity event Oliver Reginald Tambo (5/11/2017) - The month of May is celebrated in South Africa as Africa Month, and this year the theme, 'The Year of O.R. Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World', recognises the vision of the great anti-apartheid revolutionary, who would have turned 100 in October. While the name O.R. Tambo is now synonymous with jet setting travellers, it is really Continue Reading
FW de Klerk poses outside his office, March 18, 1992 The 1992 Referendum (5/5/2017) - Last week South Africa celebrated Freedom day, commemorating the first non-racial post-apartheid elections held on the 27th April 1994. It seems strange to think that there was ever a time when suffrage was not extended to all South Africans, that a mere 23 years ago, people of colour were not allowed to cast their vote. It seems even stranger Continue Reading
An annual SS Mendi memorial service, Atteridgeville, South Africa The Untold Story of the SS Mendi (4/25/2017) - This year marks 100 years since the sinking of the SS Mendi, a maritime disaster off the coast of the Isle of Wight that resulted in the death of close to 650 people. It was one of the 20th century's worst maritime disasters in UK waters, yet very few people are aware of the story. Many speculate that Continue Reading
Dr. G.M. Naicker, Dr. A.B. Xuma and Dr. Y.M. Dadoo signing the Joint Declaration of Cooperation I-Three Doctors’ Pact (4/23/2017) - Lona ngunyaka wama-70 kwasayinwa ingqophamlando yesivumelwano sokusebenzisana phakathi kwamadoda amathathu abalulekile emlandweni. Lesi sivumelwano esaziwa nge “The Three Doctors’ Pact” sasayinwa nguDkt Monty Naicker, Dkt Yusuf Dadoo nowayengumholi we-ANC, uDkt Alfred Xuma. Kulo mhlangano owawethanyelwe ngamalungu e-ANC, yi-Transvall Indian Congress neNatal Indian Congress (NIC) kwawusinyathelo sokumelana nemizamo kahulumeni wobandlululo yokuhlukanisa phakathi nokuqhatha izinhlanga zabebala ngemithetho Continue Reading