Tag Archives: KwaMuhle Museum

Cato Manor & Apartheid Town Planning

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Recently we spoke about the role that music played in telling the story of apartheid, and helping to raise awareness around what was happening in the country at the time. KwaZulu-Natal guitar wonder, Madala Kunene, is another artist that has used music as both a political and cathartic instrument. The title of his 2015 album, […]

Day of Reconciliation

Chris Hani inspects MK soldiers at a rally held at Langa Stadium, Cape Town,1991

Next Friday, on the 16th December, South Africa celebrates the Day of Reconciliation. But while the public holiday in its current form has only been in existence since 1995, the 16th December has been commemorated in South Africa since 1910, when it was originally referred to as Dingaan’s Day. It was on this day that 470 Voortrekkers, […]

Strike a Woman, Strike a Rock

Example of a pass book

Sixty years ago an estimated twenty thousand women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the so-called ‘pass laws’. With women coming in their numbers from all over the country, the 9th August 1956 proved to be a historic day, and one that changed the course of history. The Natives (Abolition of Passes […]

Standing Side-By-Side

Elections 2016

Yesterday saw scores of people queuing at their local voting stations to have their say in the 2016 local government elections. While we wait for the results of these hotly contested elections it’s easy to forget that just over twenty years ago, this vital public role was limited to just a fraction of South Africa’s population. The […]