Tag Archives: Steve Biko

Biko, Turner & the Soweto Uprising

This Sunday we commemorate the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising, which culminated on the 16th June 1976 when hundreds of youth were killed at the hands of the state. It’s widely accepted that the student protests were a response to the government’s intention to introduce Afrikaans as the compulsory medium of instruction in schools. But […]

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Donald Woods with his wife, Wendy Woods, and their five children

Njengoba silindele ukungena onyakeni omusha kubonakala kuyisikhathi esihle sokuxoxa indaba eyenzeka eminyakeni engamashumi amathathu edlule yokweqa kukaDonald Woods eNingizimu Afrika. Ngalesosikhathi uWoods wayengumhleli wephaphandaba laseMonti, i-Daily Dispatch wayenikwe isigwebo seminyaka emihlanu sokungasebenzi ngemuva kokuboshwa kwakhe esikhumulweni sezindiza ezama ukubaleka. Ngemuva kweminyaka eminingi ephikisana nohulumeni uWoods wabona ukuthi indlela izinto ezenzeka ngayo eNingizimu Afrika sezifinyelele lapho engasakwazi […]

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 his associate, Peter Jones, were stopped at a routine road block near Grahamstown. When the police recognised the men, they were arrested under the Terrorism Act […]

Biko, Turner & the Durban Moment

If you are in Gauteng tomorrow, then do yourself a favour and head on down to the University of Pretoria. The Faculty of Humanities will be hosting the launch of Ian Macqueen’s recently published book, Black Consciousness and Progressive Movements under Apartheid. A synopsis of the book notes that the Black Consciousness (BC) movement tends to be viewed in […]

Remembering Rick Turner

Steve Biko lighting up with Rick Turner (right), Dave Turnbull (centre) and volunteers who were helping restore the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Phoenix, Durban, 1971

Anyone who has spent time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal will be familiar with the name Rick Turner. There’s the Rick Turner Students’ Union Building, the Rick Turner Scholarship, and part of the university campus lies on Rick Turner Road. But how many people actually know the story of Dr Richard Albert Turner? Born in the Western […]

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 […]

Not Your Average New Year’s Eve

Donald Woods with his wife, Wendy Woods, and their five children

As we’re about to ring in the New Year it seems an appropriate time to tell the story of Donald Woods’ dramatic escape from South Africa some thirty years ago. Woods, editor at the time of the East London-based newspaper, Daily Dispatch, had been issued with a five year banning order after being arrested at the airport trying […]

Bantu Stephen Biko: 18 December 1946-12 September 1977

Last Friday saw the 2016 annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture taking place at Unisa in Pretoria, in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the murder of Bantu Stephen Biko. Biko, born in the Eastern Cape on the 18th December 1946, died on the 12th September 1977 at the age of 31, after weeks of torture at […]