Pik Botha: 27th April 1932 – 12th October 2018 - Last Friday saw the passing of one of apartheid's most famous ministers, Pik Botha. Roelof Frederik Botha, nicknamed 'Pik' (the diminutive of pikkewyn - a reference to the his perceived likeness in Continue Reading
Philip Kgosana in London uPhillip Kgosana: 1936 – 20th April 2017 - Akuwona wonke umuntu ongazinikela abe nesiphiwo sokuhola izinkulungwane ezingaphezulu kweziyishumi zabantu emigwaqeni yedolobha elikhulu, bezibeka engozini engabehlela esandleni samaphoyisa. Lokhu kwenziwa ngumholi we-Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), uPhillip Kgosana mhla Continue Reading
Cartoon by Len Sak, September 1991 The National Peace Accord & South Africa’s Peace Monitors - On Saturday the 14th September 1991 something unprecedented happened. The National Peace Accord was signed by all the major political organisations in South Africa* at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg. The agreement Continue Reading
Mother to Thirty Thousand - While there seems to more politicking and less activism in many of today's trade unions, there was a time in South Africa when the unions filled a very serious Continue Reading
The Apartheid Convention - On the 27th February 1979 the United Nations Economic and Social Council (Unesco) released a report entitled "Implementation of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Continue Reading
Fighting Fire with Paper - A few month's back we wrote about the important role that musicians played during apartheid by encouraging the public to take action against the state. In a similar vein, political Continue Reading
A group of SANLC men in France, circa 1917 Udaba Olungaziwa nge SS Mendi - Lona ngunyaka we 100 selokhu kwenzeka inhlekelele yokucwila komkhumbi i-SS Mendi ngasogwini lolwandle lwase Isle of Wight lapho kwadlula emhlabeni abantu abalinganiselwa ku 650. Lena ngenye yezinhlekelele ezinkulu zolwandle Continue Reading
Biko & the South African Student Organisation - This evening the University of KwaZulu-Natal will host their annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture, to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Steve Biko's death. On the 18th August 1977, Biko and Continue Reading
Otelo Burning - Otelo Burning, a South African-directed film that opened the Durban International Film Festival in 2011, has as its backdrop the township of Lamontville, and the political violence that erupted Continue Reading
The United Democratic Front - Established in the early 1980s, the United Democratic Front (UDF) has an interesting, if somewhat dark, history in KwaZulu-Natal. A coalition of hundreds of organisations banded together with the Continue Reading