Tag Archives: Nelson Mandela

Bram Fischer: 23 April 1908-8 May 1975

Bram Fischer is probably one of the better known names of the apartheid struggle, with Commercial Road in Durban having been renamed in his honour, and a number of other important sites across the country also recognising the role that Bram played in our country’s history. But beyond a vague recognition, and perhaps some knowledge […]

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

With a handwritten letter these days being something of a rarity, not many of us can appreciate how important written correspondence used to be, or the incredible tale of history that letters can reveal. Last Friday saw the book launch of a curated collection of letters that Archbishop Denis Hurley wrote over the course of […]

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: 18th July 1918-5th December 2013

Born in the Eastern Cape and spending his working career in Johannesburg before being imprisoned on Robben Island for his political beliefs, Nelson Mandela doesn’t have many ties to KwaZulu-Natal. Yet, it was here, in KZN, that two of the most historic events in Mandela’s life took place. The occasions could almost be described as […]

He Died for Peace

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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 […]

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: 26 September 1936-2 April 2018

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Late Monday afternoon the airwaves filled with stories of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as people phoned in to express their grief over the passing of this legendary South African political activist. Born on the 26th September 1936, Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela, known popularly as ‘Winnie’, was the daughter of two teachers, and the fifth of nine children. With educators […]

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 African Writers Series

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Literature, like many of the arts, has a far greater reach than many people believe, and is often influential in shaping broader society. Of particular importance is what children read in school, as it forms the majority of the information that they consume. So it was an issue for Alan Hill of the publishing house […]

Twenty Seven Years

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The 11th February 2017 is a significant date in South African history. It marks 27 years since former South African president, Nelson Mandela, was released from prison, after having spent 27 years incarcerated. Mandela was arrested on the 5th August 1962 while driving from Durban to Johannesburg. He was posing as a chauffeur, going under […]

The Freedom Charter & the 1956 Treason Trial

Protesters gather outside the Drill Hall on the opening day of the Treason Trial, 19th December 1956

The Congress of the People took place on the 26th June 1955, in Kliptown, just outside of Johannesburg. Attended by some 3000 people, the aim of the meeting was to discuss the content of the proposed Freedom Charter, with submissions for the document having been received from people all across the country. The Freedom Charter, some of the core tenets […]