Tag Archives: ANC

He Died for Peace

Chris Hani 2

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani, an event that nearly saw the undoing of the very fragile peace negotiations in South Africa. It’s difficult to imagine so many years on, but Chris Hani was a hugely popular figure in South Africa, with some even believing that with him at the […]

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 […]

Ahmed Kathrada (21 August 1929-28 March 2017)

Ahmed Kathrada and Molvi Yusuf Cachalia, members of the Transvaal Indian Congress, circa 1950

Today South Africa mourns the loss of political activist and struggle hero, Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada. Asked during a recent SAFM interview how he would like to be remembered, Kathrada replied “as someone who tried to make a contribution. We tried”. Looking at the story of this great man, it is clear that Ahmed Kathrada did a […]

Professor Mazisi Kunene

Mazisi Raymond Kunene

The late Professor Mazisi Kunene will be honoured as part of the University of KwaZulu Natal’s Time of the Writer festival taking place from the 13th-18th March 2017. Kunene’s iconic book, Emperor Shaka the Great, has finally been published in its native isiZulu, and is being launched as part of this year’s festival. UNodomehlezi KaMenzi, as the book is known in Zulu, was […]

The Three Doctors’ Pact

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

This year marks 70 years since the signing of the historic Joint Declaration of Cooperation. Commonly referred to as ‘The Three Doctors’ Pact’, the agreement was signed on the 9th March 1947 by Dr Monty Naicker, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, and the then leader of the ANC, Dr Alfred Xuma. The Joint Meeting, which was attended by members of the […]

Durban Bantu Social Centre: Then & Now

As the years go by the face of cities tend to change quite dramatically. Photos hung in pubs and in the foyers of hotels show what Durban’s beachfront used to look like, or how the Berea was covered in bush, instead of apartment buildings. Very few things remain the same, but if you take a look at photos of […]