Rethinking History

Max Du Preez: On Fighting Against Apartheid As Media

From the late 70s to the early 90s, South Africa saw some truly turbulent times. Journalist and social commentator Max Du Preez was at...

9 Poems That Reveal Nelson Mandela’s Impact

A fallen icon can never truly die. They are memorialised in the work of artists, the pens of history, and the lips...

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...

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...

Why we all deserve to see the new Winnie documentary

There is arguably nobody in South Africa politics that has been more demonised in the media than Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, commonly juxtaposed to her...

A heritage of loss: Address Unknown and a second wave of...

Address Unknown is a short fictional film about one man’s search for his childhood friend who he lost track of after being...

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...

Does Youth Day need to return to its political origins?

For government's official celebrations of Youth Day this year, President Jacob will address young people in Ventersdorp in the North West, on the subject...

#Biko40 reminds us the police are still brutal

On 12 September, South Africans commemorate 40 years since the death of Bantu Stephen Biko, anti-apartheid activist and founder of the Black Consciousness Movement....

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...

Here’s How Sign Language Will Become an NSC Exam

During his inaugural state of the nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the first National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination on South African Sign...

Steve Biko’s letter and the sale of SA’s heritage to the...

On 28 October, one of Europe's leading autograph and manuscript auction houses will be selling a piece of South African heritage that should be...

Mam’ Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s Legacy Is Still A Site Of Struggle

South Africa, is a country that is inhibited by ghosts trying to find their homes and it is a country that knows no justice....

Dreaming of exile – memories of a rainbow nation childhood

For many South Africans who grew up in the post-1994 era, the myth of the 'rainbow nation' was a cornerstone of their childhood. Naledi...

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...

The Forgotten Women Series Uncovers The Untold Histories Of Women

World history remembers certain people better than others. Our records are dominated by white men from the West who supposedly led, conquered, and created...

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...

The Singing In Parliament Brought Tears To Our Eyes

Song and dance is intrinsically linked to South African heritage and culture. It could be no more evident than in parliament on...

History Comes Alive At These Jozi Museums

There’s no doubt that Johannesburg is a happening city. It started way back when gold was discovered here in the 1880s and...

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...
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