Rethinking History

5 Things You Never Knew About Black Revolutionary Robert Sobukwe

Forty years ago on this day, February 27, Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe passed away. Sobukwe was a prominent South African political dissident who...

Eight things you didn’t know about the University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare (UFH) is known for its notable alumni - with many political figures who all hailed from this institution. The...

How Fordsburg Has Evolved From The Gold Rush To Now

PART I Growing up as Indian South African, Fordsburg was the place to buy halaal meats, spices, jewellery and...

Winnie Mandela: The Woman Who Fought For Our Freedom

The nation mourns the death of the prolific revolutionary and struggle icon Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela, who died on Monday, 2 April at...

Nelson Mandela and Women

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is etched into history as an icon and is lauded all over the world for his work in the struggle against...

The Colonial History Of Tea

In most households around the world, tea is a staple part of people's diet. It is the first thing you drink when you wake...

Hlumelo Biko: “ I Have Reimagined The Africa I Want To...

BOOK EXTRACT Slavery, colonialism, imperialism, and apartheid have fundamentally unbalanced the values and self-concept of Africans. There must be...

Cape Town’s Bloody Gang Violence Is Inextricably Bound Up In Its...

COMMENT When the apartheid government decided to evict people it called Coloured from Cape Town’s inner city, it set off a...

Never forget those who were killed in the 1976 Soweto Uprising

Salim Vally reflects on the Soweto Uprising and those who lost their lives. A partial list of the martyrs of the 1976 Uprising, the place...

Mandela’s Pan-Africanism: In His Own Words

On 12 January 1962, seven months before his infamous life sentence that banished him to Robben Island, Nelson Mandela gave a speech at the...

Five books about exceptional South African women you need to read

August 9 is Women's Day in South Africa, and we commemorate the anti-apartheid activists who marched on the Union Buildings and burned their pass...

Harris Dousemetzis On Telling The TRUE Story Of “The Man Who...

“The Man Who Killed Apartheid” is a book aiming to contribute to “a post-colonial intellectual history of South Africa.” It is book...

We Are Here Because You Were There

COMMENT  I really did not want my essay for a writing contest to be about colonialism in 2019. But...

Nomvuyo Ngcelwane Tells The Story Of Black People In District Six

Nomvuyo Ngcelwane's book Sala Kahle District Six was first published in 1998. For the 20th anniversary of the book, publishing house Kwela Books have...

Born Frees and Nelson Mandela: The Kids Don’t Understand Their Father

COMMENT The Born Free Generation is 25 years old. I will be 25 in September. We were the ones...

What Mandela Day Means To Born-Frees

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day, where South Africans and all people come together to celebrate the life of the first...

The Place Of Sara Baartman At UCT

The label “Hottentot Venus” continues to haunt our memory of Sara Baartman. This moniker, used in Jean Reaux’s posters to advertise the exhibit of...

Unlearning Gandhi: A South African Narrative

South Africans are excessively familiar with the history of Mahatma Gandhi for many reasons. The historic train incident that happened at a railway station in...

Young People On Mandela: He Could Have Done More For Us

The African National Congress (ANC) launched its Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on Sunday, 11 February. The purpose of this celebration is to commemorate the...

Solomon Mahlangu: A hero of our youth

Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu was hanged on this day 38 years ago. He was wrongfully charged with two counts of murder and three charges under the...
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