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Ronnie & Eleanor: The Young Rebels

There’s a famous quote that goes “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing”, and listening to Ronnie Kasrils talking about the path that led him to join the anti-apartheid struggle, this saying makes perfect sense. Speaking of the inspiration behind his recently published book, Catching Tadpoles: […]

Apartheid’s Blood Money

The United Nations (UN) was founded on the 24th October 1945 following World War II, which was marked by an estimated 70 to 85 million fatalities, and included the Holocaust, which saw some six million Jewish people – around two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population – murdered because of their ethnicity. On the 10th December 1948 […]

Things we Lost in the Dark

On a number of occasions we’ve written about the important role that music, and in particular, protest songs, played in the anti-apartheid struggle. But there’s a whole other side to the story that we haven’t looked at, and that’s what apartheid robbed us of. More than simply entertainment, music as an art form enriches our […]

Sime Ndawonye

Elections 2016

Imithetho eyayilawula ukuthi ngubani okwakufanele avote yayihlukile ngokwezifunda zaseNingizimu Afrika, kodwa iqiniso ukuthi umhlaba wawungowabamhlophe kuyibona abanezwi. Nakuba eKapa u 15% wabakhethwa wawuhlanganisa amadoda amnyama ngenxa yenani lamaKhaladi, amaNdiya kanye nabaMnyama ababethenge imizi kulesiyasifundazwe. Unyaka ka 1930, waqala ukuthi abasefazane abamhlophe nabo bavote okwenza ukuthi inani lalabo abansundu eKapa lishabalale ngenxa yamavoti abamhlophe amaningi. Unyaka […]

The Tripartite Alliance

With the exception of the African National Congress (ANC), there’s probably no better known political body in South Africa than the tripartite alliance. Bringing together the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the alliance forms the cornerstone of the government’s power. The relationship is an […]

The Colourful History of Sastri College

Tucked away in the suburb of Greyville sits Sastri College, one of the province’s most important educational and historical institutions. Originally established in 1929 as a secondary school for boys, as well as a teacher’s training centre, over the years the college has served a variety of different functions. The laws of the apartheid government […]

UDokotela Dube namaKholwa

Rebel chiefs, Bambatha Rebellion

Baningi abantu baseThekwini asebeke bahlala odongeni olwakhiwe ngamatshe amancane uma ugudla iAddington Beach kodwa bengazi ngomlando walo. Loludonga lwakhiwa iziboshwa zaMaZulu ngesikhathi seMpi KaBhambatha yango 1906. Lempi eyayiphakathi kwaMaZulu nohulumeni waseNatal ekuqaleni kweminyaka yawo 1900 yayingumphumela wokufika kwabelungu bezohlala ezindaweni zabantu abamnyama, nemithetho yentela eyayikhokhwa imizi eyaholela ekutheni amadoda ashiye imizi yawo ayofuna imisebenzi ukuze […]

Celebrate with a Bunny Chow!

This coming week South Africa celebrates Heritage Day, which has come to be known by many as ‘Braai Day’. For some though, this moniker is viewed as exclusionary with boerewors, a popular meat for braais, being associated more with white, Afrikaans-speaking South Africans than other societal groups. Tazneem Wentzel’s mini-thesis: Producing and Consuming the Wembley […]

Introducing Onkgopotse Abram Tiro

Not many people would be aware of the name, Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, despite the fact that he’s regarded by many as the ‘father’ of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. In fact, Tiro is one of countless forgotten heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle – a revolution takes an army, and overcoming the apartheid regime took the will […]

The Denis Hurley Centre: An Update

The Denis Hurley Centre

It’s been a very busy couple of months for the Denis Hurley Centre! In June the centre was host to the 2019 Street Store, organised in collaboration with Grace Family Church. More than 120 volunteers took part in the event which saw just over 1000 homeless people visit the store where they could ‘shop’ for clothes, […]