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Students protest in Soweto against the introduction of Afrikaans in schools

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 […]

Ranjith Kally (1925-6 June 2017)

Ismail Meer & Monty Naicker with Chief Luthuli and his daughters, Grey Street, late 1950s

  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 […]

The University of Fort Hare

Fort Hare staff members marching against the Bantu Education Act, 1958

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 […]

Oliver Reginald Tambo

Oliver Tambo speaking at an ANC solidarity event

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 […]

The 1992 Referendum

FW de Klerk poses outside his office, March 18, 1992

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 […]

I-Three Doctors’ Pact

Dr. G.M. Naicker, Dr. A.B. Xuma and Dr. Y.M. Dadoo signing the Joint Declaration of Cooperation

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 […]