History & Heritage
 
31 October 2014
Celebrating 30 years of seditious sounds and 20 years of democracy: The role musical activism played in the struggle for a democratic South Africa   
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31 October 2014
SAHA invites educators to participate in a workshop on the historic sinking of the troopship SS Mendi during the First World War   
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30 October 2014
As we commemorate the anniversary of the handing over of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report to parliament in 1998, we take a look at the South African History Archive’s (SAHA’s) past and ongoing archival activism.   
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30 October 2014
SAHA's Freedom of Information Programme welcomes new staff!    
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22 September 2014
The Shifty Records Project collection consists of the endangered archives of Shifty Records donated by Shifty founder Lloyd Ross and include archival material relating to artists recorded by Shifty.   
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22 September 2014
During Heritage Month, SAHA is offering a discount of 10% off print publications for educators and libraries wanting to order ten or more copies.   
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22 September 2014
As part of the Shifty Records Legacy Archive project SAHA has developed the Shifty Records - What You Won't Hear on the Radio virtual exhibition. This exhibition complements the physical exhibition which opened on 1 September and is on display at Alliance   
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19 September 2014
Some Shifty gems are being auctioned through bidorbuy during September. Over R9000 raised already!   
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18 September 2014
With less than a week left of Shifty September, SAHA is pleased to report that the project so far has been a great success.    
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12 September 2014
   
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12 September 2014
It’s MySchool’s 17th birthday and for every new person that signs up for a card, MySchool donates R17.00 to your favourite NGO, SAHA!   
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03 September 2014
Shifty September got underway on Monday 1 September with the opening of the What you won't hear on the radio exhibition.    
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21 August 2014
Wednesday 10 September - Screening of the documentary Voëlvry, die Toer, followed by a discussion moderated by Oppikoppi supremo, Carel Hoffmann.   
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21 August 2014
Friday 05 September - Film screening and panel discussion on James the ou, and James the maestr’ou   
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21 August 2014
Friday 19 September - What forces drive artists to produce work protesting the status quo? What forces align to stop them from doing so?   
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21 August 2014
Tuesday 23 September - Multimedia stimulation and group nostalgia. Lloyd Ross highlights the Shifty era’s eclectic musical milestones and their back-stories.    
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21 August 2014
Friday 12 September - Singers & Swenkas (52 minutes) and The Silver Fez (84 minutes) illustrate the diversity and depth of South African choir club culture.    
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21 August 2014
Wednesday 17 September - Film screening, panel discussion and live performances. Explores the terrain where the need to express oneself outweighs commercial considerations.    
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21 August 2014
Wednesday 24 September, Heritage Day - An exciting line-up of multiple artists celebrating the diversity of the Shifty catalogue.   
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21 August 2014
Join us for the launch of a Shifty September exhibition drawing on historical artefacts from the archives to explore the Shifty legacy   
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31 July 2014
Revellers attending the OppiKoppi 20 Odyssey from 7 - 9 August 2014 can support the Shifty September programme by paying SHIFTY SIN TAX at the festival.    
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31 July 2014
A Heritage Month tribute to the Shifty Records music label, combining exhibitions, documentary screenings, panel discussions and, of course, concerts to celebrate the Shifty story of musical activism in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.   
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31 July 2014
31 July marks the anniversary of musician James Phillips’ tragic passing at just 36 years old.   
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31 July 2014
We’re asking all those music lovers out there to support our crowdfunding project in the lead up to SHIFTY SEPTEMBER.   
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30 July 2014
24 July 2014 saw the 50th anniversary of the anti-apartheid bombing by John Harris at the Johannesburg train station. He became the only white person to be hanged for a political offence during apartheid.   
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30 July 2014
SAHA is urgently looking for original Shifty Records and Voëlvry paraphernalia to add to the archive    
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15 July 2014
Eugene De Kock recently made news when he was denied parole. SAHA has various material relating to De Kock in our archive collections.   
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14 July 2014
Nobel laureate, author and apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer passed away this week.    
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04 July 2014
SAHA hosted a series of Exhibitions it the Classroom (EITC) workshops on 1 and 2 July. The workshops were for educators and museums and respectively.   
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04 July 2014
The End Conscription Campaign (ECC) physical exhibition was on display at the War Resisters' International conference in Cape Town.   
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03 July 2014
As a tribute to Tembisa struggle stalwart Reverend Phineas Mapheto who died on 17 June 2014, our focus this month is on the Tembisa Community History Project collection. Reverend Mapheto made a significant contribution to the archival collection.   
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03 July 2014
We are extending an open call to all who may have in their possession or have knowledge of private collections of struggle t-shirts to include in our research.   
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03 July 2014
On 20 May 2014 the Struggles for Justice Programme (SFJP) archival team hosted a visiting group from Keene State College, United States of America.   
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03 July 2014
This quarter, Nala, Amanda and Nozipiwo have been reading about the 1983 Constitution, commemorating youth in the struggle and some of the legal and political issues around applying the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA).   
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17 June 2014
As we commemorate June 16, we remember the children who gave their lives to protect their community and the children who lost their lives in the political conflict in Boipatong.   
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13 June 2014
Oral history has played a very important role in unfolding many untold stories of ordinary South Africans. At SAHA these stories have become part of our archive, so that they can be preserved for the future generations.   
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12 June 2014
As we commemorate Youth Day on 16 June this year, we turn our focus to the collections in the archive which comprise a wealth of documents, photographs, posters and t-shirts that document and reflect the role of the youth in the struggle against apartheid   
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29 May 2014
Grade 10 - 12 history educators are invited to participate in a workshop on using SAHA's Exhibition in the Classroom booklets to commemorate key dates in in the South African calendar with their learners.   
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29 May 2014
SAHA invites museum and tour guide staff from Gauteng-based heritage sites to participate in a workshop on how to borrow and work with SAHA’s portable exhibition kits   
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29 May 2014
SAHA is looking for a dedicated, thorough, meticulous individual with a keen interest in the history of struggles for justice in South Africa to work with the archival team for a 6-month internship starting in July 2014.   
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13 May 2014
Cartoons from Zapiro, depicting Wouter Basson, head of the SADF's notorious apartheid-era Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme, during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    
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09 May 2014
By selecting SAHA as your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet beneficiary, you can support our work every time you shop at Woolworths, Engen Quikshops, Toys R Us, Waltons, Reggie’s, kalahari.com, Power24 and more.   
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30 April 2014
As ex-SADF psychiatrist Aubrey Levin starts his jail term in Canada, Terry Bell recalls the abuse endured by gays in the apartheid military, a dark chapter in South Africa's past also reflected in SAHA's archives.    
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29 April 2014
Wits School of Education & the Wits History Workshop, in conjunction with SAHA, will be hosting the 28th annual conference of the South African Society for History Teaching from Friday 10 to Saturday 11 October 2014    
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17 April 2014
After four years Morena Mofokeng, finally received a signed decision from the President on his kingship application after seeking the help of SAHA under PAIA.   
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17 April 2014
SAHA archival collections reveal how voter education programmes and workshops were run in the lead up to the historic 1994 elections   
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17 April 2014
SAHA is currently conducting a Struggles T-shirt Project. This article looks at how t-shirts were used by the anti-apartheid movements.   
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15 April 2014
This selection of election posters comes from the SAHA poster collection AL2446, reminding us of the 1st democratic elections on the 27 April 1994.    
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14 April 2014
The De Wet Potgieter collection has particular significance for April as we commemorate the death of Chris Hani and the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections.   
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21 March 2014
Constructed from the remnants from the awaiting trial block of the Old Fort in Johannesburg, the home for South Africa's Constitutional Court was inaugurated on Human Rights Day ten years ago.   
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21 March 2014
We mark Human Rights Day this year with a selection of posters from the SAHA Poster collection (AL2446).   
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20 March 2014
We've been reading up on the music movement that rocked apartheid South Africa, important global principles on national security & the right to information, and a back to basics introduction to digitisation for archives and libraries.   
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28 February 2014
Residents living in the old Westfort hospital in Pretoria are seeking access to information to know if the site is going to be redeveloped and if they are going to be made homeless   
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28 February 2014
Gille de Vlieg donated her collection of photographic images to SAHA in 2009. For the past five years this collection has attracted many researchers and SAHA too has often drawn on this important source of evocative images for many of its exhibitions.   
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27 February 2014
In the early hours of the morning on the 14 February 1984, the people of Mogopa found themselves rudely awoken to the reality of forced removals.   
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31 January 2014
The African Union Human Rights Memorial (AUHRM) consultation was held at Constitution Hill. It brought together various memorial institutes from Africa to discuss a human rights memorial, focused specifically on atrocities that occurred in Africa.   
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30 January 2014
To mark its 100th anniversary in 2006, the Sunday Times committed itself to a number of remarkable projects, collectively known as the Sunday Times Heritage Project (STHP). SAHA played an instrumental role in many of these projects.   
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30 January 2014
This year marks 100 years since Mahatma Gandhi and Jan Smuts signed the Indian Relief Act of 1914. Gandhi fought to repeal the humiliating laws that dictated where Indians could trade and live.    
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16 December 2013
Messages from TRC posters in the SAHA Poster Collection: Let's speak out to each other. By telling the truth. By telling our stories of the past. So we can walk the road to reconciliation together.   
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06 December 2013
As the world mourns the loss of a renowned icon, Nelson Mandela, SAHA has pulled out some of the best Madiba posters from its archive to say 'siyabulela Tata, ulale ngoxolo!'    
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06 December 2013
To mark the 25th annual World Aids Day, our focus this month is on a number of collections which contain materials relating to HIV/AIDS activism in South Africa.   
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28 November 2013
View posters pulled out of the rich SAHA archive resource for the 16 Days of Activism. Some of them will remain on display in the SAHA courtyard for the duration of the initiative. These posters are from AL2446 The SAHA Poster Collection.    
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25 November 2013
Today marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child abuse under the theme, ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world. Let’s challenge militarism and end violence against women’.    
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21 November 2013
SAHA is looking for a dynamic individual with a strong commitment to building a career in human rights advocacy to join its Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP).    
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01 November 2013
SAHA has completed the first phase of processing the Constitution Hill Trust collection that relates to the history, vision and development of the precinct and the Constitutional Court.    
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30 October 2013
As part of SAHA’s Land Act project, the organisation visited three rural communities to engage with high school students in a one-day workshop on matters of land reform during Heritage Month.   
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24 October 2013
Struggle posters from the archives serve as a powerful and timely reminder of the power of collective action in the making of democracy.   
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03 September 2013
In order to keep all stakeholders informed about how records about the history of the Women's Jail are being managed and used, and to encourage ongoing sharing of stories about this heritage site.   
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30 August 2013
In an initiative to educate the next generation about the importance of Women’s Day and Women’ Month, Constitution Hill ran workshops throughout August with local schools, using the SAHA exhibition kit, ‘Women Hold Up Half the Sky'.   
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25 August 2013
SAHA invites history educators to a one-day workshop on 13 September 2013 on using John Vorster Square as a case study for teaching apartheid history.    
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20 August 2013
Today, 20 August 2013, marks 30 years since the launch of the United Democratic Front (UDF). SAHA commemorates the contribution made by the movement to SA in an online virtual exhibition.    
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15 August 2013
It has been a year since SAHA moved to the Constitution Hill heritage site in Braamfontein. As a human rights archive, this strategic move has improved the organisation’s outreach, accessibility, public interaction and profile.   
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08 August 2013
For Women’s Month 2013, SAHA is running an exhibition titled, Women Hold up Half the Sky: Commemorating Women in the Struggle, at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein.   
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08 August 2013
As president of the ANC Women’s League, Lilian led the historical 1956 women’s march against passes to the Union Buildings. Like many other activists, she was subjected to the brutal force of the apartheid government.   
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08 August 2013
The guide follows the same theme as the SAHA women’s exhibition kit currently on display at Constitution Hill. The guide will help educators explore with their learners the role of women in the struggle and threats to the rights of women today.    
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19 July 2013
This year marks nearly fifty years since the passing of Ingrid Jonker, one of South Africa’s most talented poets who left an indelible mark on the literary fabric of the country.   
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15 July 2013
As South Africans gear up for Mandela Day and the celebrations of Mandela Month, SAHA will choose some of the best Nelson Mandela posters to exhibit outside its offices for Mandela Month.   
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28 June 2013
The ‘Facing the Past’ 2-day workshop in partnership with Shikaya, introduced a methodology for teaching history that cultivates students' awareness of the role they can play to create a culture that values human rights.   
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19 June 2013
June 19, 2013, marks 100 years since the notorious Natives Land Act came into effect in South Africa, severely restricted land ownership and freedom of residence within South Africa.   
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16 June 2013
This gallery brings together a selection of posters highlighting the role played by the youth on our road to democracy.    
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12 June 2013
SAHA and RLF will be hosting a small informal expert workshop on public history and sites of remembrance with visiting German academic, Professor Martin Sabrow on Thursday 27 June.   
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31 May 2013
SAHA's exhibition kit on the role of youth in the making of democracy, titled ‘The Future is Ours' has been on display at the St Stithians Boys' College as part of the school's cultural festival during the last week of May.    
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31 May 2013
Struggles posters, books and periodicals relating to historic struggles for justice in Southern Africa donated to South African archives and libraries by the IISH in Amsterdam find new homes in South Africa.   
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31 May 2013
On June 26 - 27, SAHA will be hosting a two-day seminar for history educators on teaching eugenics and teaching about the US civil rights movement.   
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28 May 2013
The SASM May 28 conference that culminated into the infamous Soweto June 16, 1976 students' march against the implementation of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools.   
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23 April 2013
History educators are invited to participate in a series of mini-workshops in May 2013 on teaching about the South African TRC.    
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22 April 2013
The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (RLF) and SAHA invite you to a lecture and panel discussion on the recent publication by Professor Stephen Ellis on the ANC in exile (1960-1990).   
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10 April 2013
April 10 marks 20 years since the assassination of the South African Communist Party leader and Commander of uMkhonto weSizwe (ANC military wing), Chris Hani in 1993 aged 47.    
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24 March 2013
The International Day for the Right to the Truth was proclaimed by the UN in December 2010 in honour of human rights violation victims.    
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20 March 2013
In honour of Human Rights Day, SAHA hosted 40 learners and educators from Senaoane Secondary School for a workshop about human rights, the right to know, and how art can be used in advocacy.    
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28 February 2013
A valuable collection of 60 hand-written letters from John Harris to his sister Jane whilst in prison has been donated to SAHA   
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28 February 2013
To mark Human Rights Month, SAHA and the SABC, are launching a new website centering on the 87-part ‘Truth Commission Special Report' television series, last broadcast 15 years ago.    
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14 February 2013
Established as the highest legal authority in the land in all constitutional matters, this court is a key institution in ensuring that the country's democratic principles are upheld.   
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01 February 2013
Onkgopotse Tiro was assassinated by apartheid agents and the TRC failed to conduct an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.   
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31 January 2013
In early 2013, SAHA will be working on the repatriation of struggle posters and other anti-apartheid archival materials from the Netherlands.   
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31 January 2013
SAHA will be running a workshop series on using primary sources to teach apartheid history (1976 - 1994) in February and March 2013   
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31 January 2013
This report and virtual exhibition draws on an oral and photographic community history project to document the history of Tembisa. The report is now available for a free download from the SAHA website.   
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08 December 2012
SAHA launched the ZAPU report and exhibition, ZAPU Through Zenzo Nkobi's Lens, at Constitution Hill on December 8 where ex-combatants had the opportunity of reuniting to share stories of the Zimbabwean struggle for independence.   
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07 December 2012
The report and exhibition draws on an oral history and research project undertaken by the SAHA in 2010/2011 into aspects of the armed struggle for Zimbabwean independence.   
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30 November 2012
Two collections relating to the history of Zimbabwe, particularly the history of ZAPU and its armed wing, ZPRA have recently been processed and are now available for consultation at SAHA.   
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27 November 2012
27 November marks the day where Neil was arrested and detained by security police for his involvement in labour movement. 3 months later he died in police custody at John Vorster Square.   
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31 October 2012
The France-South Africa Seasons 2012-2013, Ina and its partner DOXA will hold a 2-day seminar on audiovisual archiving at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town, on 13 and 14 November 2012.   
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23 October 2012
Ahmed was one of the victims who plunged to his death from the notorious 10th floor of John Vorster Square, now Johannesburg Central Police Station, in 1971.   
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15 October 2012
This legislation formed part of many other racial segregationist laws and regulations of the apartheid system. It provided for and legalized the racial segregation of public amenities and services.   
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28 September 2012
To celebrate Heritage Month 2012, the City of Ekurhuleni and SAHA launched a report and a virtual exhibition ‘Entering Tembisa' based on an oral based on an oral and document history collection project conducted by SAHA in 2010 and 2011.   
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20 September 2012
To celebrate Heritage Month 2012, SAHA, in conjunction with the City of Ekurhuleni, will be launching 'Entering Tembisa', a report and exhibition in Dries Niemand Park, Kempton Park on 27 September 2012   
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12 September 2012
To mark 15 years since John Vorster Square was renamed Johannesburg Central Police Station, SAHA launched a new educational publication and exhibition on 22 September 2012 at Constitution Hill.   
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11 September 2012
The Protection of Personal Information Bill, passed by the National Assembly on 11 September, includes exciting changes for access to information but deals a severe blow to the archival sector already struggling to meet the demands of national heritage.   
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31 August 2012
The UDF, a former struggle movement, was launched during the month of August and was also dissolved in August. Recently, some activists have been pushing for it to be resuscitated, a call that has been criticised by others.   
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27 August 2012
The struggle stalwart, Neville Alexander, died aged 75 at his home in Grassy Park on the Cape Flats, in the Western Cape Province, after a long battle with cancer.    
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20 August 2012
SAHA has moved from Wits University to new offices in Johannesburg's Constitution Hill complex in Braamfontein. Contact details have also changed.    
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09 August 2012
As the nation celebrates National Women's Day, SAHA developed a virtual exhibition, ‘Women hold up half the sky - commemorating women in the struggle', which explores women's struggles and contribution in the fight against apartheid.    
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03 August 2012
SAHA will be running a one-day workshop on 8 September for educators on using the SAHA 'Between life and death: stories from John Vorster Square' DVD and user guide to teach apartheid history   
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03 August 2012
SAHA has moved to new offices from Wits University to Johannesburg's Constitution Hill complex in Braamfontein.    
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03 August 2012
To commemorate Women's Day, a SAHA exhibition kit exploring the role of women in South Africa's liberation struggle is now available to loan. The kit was also on display during the Women's Month (August) at Constitution Hill.    
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30 July 2012
As Team SA starts on a high note at the London 2012 Olympics, SAHA takes a look at the South African sports journey from boycotts to triumphs.    
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23 July 2012
This forced all black people from the age of 16 to carry passes at all times, as a way of monitoring their movement of blacks in white areas. It was abolished on 23 July, 1986.    
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05 July 2012
This meeting between the two rivals began a significant process of negotiations which paved the way towards a government of national unity in South Africa.    
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16 June 2012
The SAHA exhibition kit 'The Future is Ours: Commemorating Youth in the Struggle' has been installed at Constitution Hill for Youth Day celebrations.   
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03 June 2012
Wits History Workshop will be hosting a one-day workshop for history educators in July on the topic ‘TEACHING RACE'. RSVP to book your place.    
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30 May 2012
As part of the country's reconciliation efforts, Sierra Leone has made available records of its TRC's process on a newly launched website.   
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24 May 2012
More than 180 people died in the crossfire between the police and members of the Israelites' church. They had gathered on a piece of land they had been instructed to vacate.    
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17 May 2012
This day was launched in 2004 where initiatives and events are coordinated worldwide to garner support for the respect and recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.    
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15 May 2012
As the world commemorates this day, SAHA hopes that its virtual exhibition on the End Conscription Campaign will demonstrate the ongoing relevance of the movement and its influence on the world stage on issues of struggles for justice.    
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08 May 2012
Adopted on 8 May 1996, this document guarantees rights to everyone within SA borders. The socio-economic situation and the proposed regressive laws threaten the very same principles it seeks to enforce.    
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02 May 2012
SAHA's exhibition on the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) is on display at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg, until March 2013   
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25 April 2012
The Right2Know Campaign is hosting a series of events to mark South African \"Freedom Week\" which includes Freedom Day, Workers\' Day and World Press Freedom Day.    
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17 April 2012
At age 12, the then young Bessie was already one of Africa's most respected writers and she went on to earn an exceptional reputation as a journalist for Drum magazine as well as teaching at various schools.    
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15 April 2012
The TRC held its first hearing at the East London City Hall, burdened with a controversial task of uncovering the details of South Africa's dark past under apartheid.   
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31 March 2012
An atmosphere of nostalgia prevailed at the launch of APF with many cadres calling for the resuscitation of the movement to continue the struggle against soci-economic struggles of the South African Community.    
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31 March 2012
This forms part of SAHA's newest collection which documents the APF's history. The online exhibition will make it convenient for users to access 24/7.    
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21 March 2012
This year's official celebration was for the first time held outside Sharpeville, causing mixed reactions as the day was partly founded based on the Sharpeville Massacre incident.    
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01 March 2012
On the 1st of March, the world celebrates the International Abolishment of the Death Penalty. This initiative is hoped to influence countries in reviewing their stance on corporal punishment.    
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29 February 2012
Comprising interviews from SAHA collection Forgotten Voices in the Present collection (AL3280), this is the second collection of oral and life histories from SAHA to be launched as part of Michigan State University's African Oral Narrative project.   
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29 February 2012
An exhibition, drawing on SAHA's archival collections to reflect on the unfinished business of the TRC, will be on display at Constitution Hil until June 2012l.    
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20 February 2012
This initiative was adopted by the United Nations with an aim to eradicate poverty, unemployment and to promote social integration.    
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15 February 2012
These youngsters were members of a student body which represented the interests of black learners at all levels across South Africa.    
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04 February 2012
Hailed as one of the best written constitutions in the world, this document now celebrates 15 years of its existence.    
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31 January 2012
See the list of SAHA's educational resources developed to assist history learners and educators in schools.    
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30 January 2012
The world respcted him in many different ways for his contribution towards peace, unity and 'ubuntu'. The 30th of June marks 64 years since his tragic death in 1948.    
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25 January 2012
The recent death of this renowned photographer has left a void hard to fill. Her passion for exposing social injustices by using her camera made a considerable impact in the struggle for just social change.    
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20 December 2011
The Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) formed an integral part of negotiating an end to apartheid and the beginning of a democratic South Africa. Twenty years on the records of that event are publicly accessible.   
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16 December 2011
UMkhonto weSizwe was the military wing of the ANC, proposed by Nelson Mandela and others in response to the apartheid government's tendency of attacking unarmed peaceful protesters.    
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15 December 2011
The controversial Vlakplaas masterminds may soon be free should their parole application be approved. By law, they are now eligible.    
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13 December 2011
132 prisoners executed between 1961 and 1989 at the gallows in Pretoria Central Prison are to be honoured by the Department of Correctional Services.    
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06 December 2011
Nontetha Nkwenkwe, like any other influential person in a black community during the apartheid years, was deemed a threat and subsequently incarcerated.   
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22 November 2011
Following the passing of the "secrecy bill" in parliament on Tuesday, those opposed to it deemed the day Black Tuesday - equating it to Black Wednesday where the apartheid government shut down three publications for exposing its dirty work.   
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19 November 2011
It was the 19th of November 1981 when this great political activist was assassinated by the apartheid secret police in Umlazi, a township south of Durban, KwaZulu Natal. His crime: Fighting for freedom!   
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19 November 2011
A former SA cricketer who emigrated to England to escape discriminatory apartheid laws which threatened to limit his sporting career because of his race.    
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06 November 2011
Known as the Jewel of District Six in Cape Town, Cissie Gool was highly passionate about issues of human rights.    
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03 November 2011
On November 3, 1964, the Madonna of the South African music scene was born in Langa Township, Cape Town.    
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31 October 2011
Mafela Trust launched a photographic exhibition of Zapu and its armed wing, Zipra operations during Zimbabwe's liberation struggle at National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Friday 28 October 2011.   
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15 October 2011
This year marks the 26th commemoration of the Trojan Horse Massacre where three juveniles were gunned down by the police during a protest.    
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29 September 2011
SAHA hosted an exhibition and community panel discussion, as well as an oral history competition for learners, at the Tembisa West Library.   
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26 September 2011
Dr. Wouter Basson, head of the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare programme, is accused of acting contrary to the laws of humanity.   
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24 September 2011
This Heritage Month, SAHA has relaunched the Sunday Times Heritage Project website.    
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21 September 2011
The 12th of September in the South African calendar marks the untimely death of one of the greatest Black Consciousness leaders, Steve Biko, who died in police custody in 1977.    
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01 September 2011
SAHA is holding a heritage workshop for history educators on 17 September 2011 at Constitution Hill.    
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01 September 2011
To celebrate Heritage Day 2011, SAHA will be launching the exhibition ‘Entering Tembisa' and hosting a panel discussion exploring the history of this vibrant community.   
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11 August 2011
The Nkosi Albert Luthuli Young Historians' Prize is a part of the South African Department of Basic Education's ongoing commitment to encourage the study of oral history in South Africa.   
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09 August 2011
In one of the largest demonstrations staged in this country's history, 55 years ago, 20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, to present a petition against the carrying of passes.   
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01 August 2011
The Visual History Archive (VHA) has developed a new user friendly geo-spatial and temporal archive platform that provides unprecedented access and context to archival material concerned with the history of apartheid and the liberation struggle in Souther   
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29 July 2011
Tomorrow, the South African Communist Party (SACP) celebrates its 90th anniversary.   
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28 July 2011
The digitisation of more than 500 stickers in the South African History Archive (SAHA) Ephemera collection (AL2540) has now been completed, facilitating the access and use of a collection that was barely consulted by researchers in the past.   
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27 April 2011
On 27 April 1994, for the first time in South African history, all citizens over the age of 18 were given the opportunity to cast their vote.   
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16 April 2011
On 15 April 1996, the first nation-wide TRC hearings opened in the East London City Hall. On 16 April 1996, the first victims' testimonies were heard, setting the tone for a process towards truth, justice and reconciliation which continues to this day.   
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30 March 2011
The South African History Archive (SAHA) supports Equal Education's campaign to establish Minimum Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure and National Guidelines on School Libraries by 1 April 2011.   
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18 March 2011
To mark Human Rights Day in 2011, the South African History Archive (SAHA) invited Grade 12 history learners to participate in a pilot workshop on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), history and human rights.    
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06 March 2011
On 6 March 1981, Oscar Mpetha was convicted of terrorism. Thirty years later, SAHA remembers the life of this trade unionist and political leader.    
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28 February 2011
Comprising interviews from the De Wet Potgieter collection (AL3283) at SAHA, 'Military Intelligence in Apartheid South Africa' is the first of the 20 collections of oral and life histories from numerous African countries.    
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28 February 2011
On 24 February 2011 SAHA co-hosted a dialogue forum in relation to access to information in South Africa with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.   
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28 February 2011
On Saturday 26 February 2011, the South African History Archive (SAHA) held a pilot workshop for Grade 11 and 12 history educators on teaching the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in the classroom.    
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31 January 2011
SAHA will be conducting workshops on the TRC for history educators and learners at Constitution Hill in February and March 2011.    
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09 January 2011
History was made on 9 January, 1991, when the integration of public schools was initiated through the admission of black students to thirty-three previously all-white schools in the former Transvaal Province.    
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08 January 2011
Lawrence Ndzanga, leader of the South African Railways and Harbours Workers' Union (SARHW), made the ultimate sacrifice when he died under detention on 8 January 1977.    
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14 December 2010
In February 2011, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in conjunction with the Robert Sobukwe Foundation and SAHA, will be hosting the launch of an exhibition on Robert Sobukwe, and a dialogue forum on access to information.   
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10 December 2010
On the occasion of the 60th International Human Rights Day, SAHA hosted the launch of the Truth Commission Special Report Multimedia Product at the Ramparts at Constitution Hill, accompanied by an exhibition comprised of numerous SAHA collections.    
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04 December 2010
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, SAHA looks at the history of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).   
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01 December 2010
World AIDS Day commemorates the ongoing struggle to raise awareness and eliminate stigma surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic.    
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30 November 2010
The inventory for the Forced Migration Studies Programme on Xenophobic violence collection is now available online. The collection consist of oral history interviews that was done by the the Forced Migration Studies Programme at Wits University on the Xen   
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30 November 2010
SAHA, in conjunction with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is launching its multimedia product on 9 December, with an accompanying exhibition at the Ramparts at Constitution Hill.    
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16 November 2010
On 16 November, 1860, 342 indentured Indian labourers landed at Addington Beach in Durban. Their arrival heralded the establishment of one of South Africa's most dynamic communities.    
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05 November 2010
On 5 November 1984, around 35 000 students, workers and township residents protested the newly formed Tricameral parliament in the largest stayaway since the 1960s.    
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29 October 2010
The De Wet Potgieter collection consists of oral narratives, documents and materials, and photographs by Doug Lee relating to military intelligence during the apartheid era, and extremist right-wing organisations in South Africa.    
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27 October 2010
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage has been commemorated at SAHA with an updated audit report of audiovisual material related to the liberation struggle.    
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13 October 2010
The South African History Archive stands in solidarity with mineworkers in South Africa, and worldwide, in their long-standing struggle for improved occupational health and safety standards.    
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30 September 2010
Mark Gevisser's extensive collection of research materials for his 2007 biography 'Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred' can now be accessed at SAHA.    
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29 September 2010
Using struggle posters largely drawn from the SAHA Poster Collection to demonstrate the artistic, political and organisational value of the South African poster movement, chapters from the SAHA publication 'Red on Black' are now available online.   
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24 September 2010
Heritage Day is commemorated on 24 September as a cultural celebration and reminder of South Africa's rich history.    
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21 September 2010
On International Day of Peace, or World Peace Day, hundreds of organisations worldwide join the UN in calling for an end to armed conflict and violence.    
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15 September 2010
On International Day of Democracy, SAHA assesses how, in its short life, South African democracy has been challenged, and how important it is to remember a time when social equality could not be taken for granted.    
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12 September 2010
Black Consciousness Movement leader, Steve Biko, died of head injuries sustained under mysterious circumstances while in detention on 12 September, 1977.   
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12 September 2010
Anton Lubowski, Namibian human rights advocate and executive member of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), was assassinated by the Civil Cooperation Bureau on 12 September 1989.    
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10 September 2010
Have you heard from Johannesburg is a seven-part documentary series produced and directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Connie Field, screened by SABC on Sunday at 9pm through September and October 2010.    
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26 August 2010
Namibia Day is a national holiday in Namibia, set aside to commemorate a political heritage of heroes and martyrs who have fought and sacrificed for their nation's freedom.    
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25 August 2010
On Tuesday 24 August 2010 David Beresford released Truth is a Strange Fruit: A Personal Journey Through the Apartheid War, a book utilising rare material from SAHA's John Harris Collection.    
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23 August 2010
John Vorster Square was officially opened on 23 August 1968, during the height of racial segregation and political oppression in apartheid South Africa.   
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20 August 2010
The United Democratic Front, launched in Mitchell's Plain on this day in 1983, was an anti-apartheid civic organisation which paved the way for a new period of struggle in the tumult of 1980s South Africa.    
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09 August 2010
Women's Day commemorates the role of women in the struggle for freedom and equality in South Africa and acknowledges the ongoing plight of many women who continue to struggle against exploitation and abuse.   
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18 July 2010
In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly designated 18 July, Nelson Mandela's birthday, as Mandela Day. This pays tribute to the man and his vision, and also serves as a platform for globally promoting social justice.   
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05 July 2010
The secret Tuynhuys meeting between Nelson Mandela and P.W. Botha on 5 July 1989 set the course for a five year process of negotiations that would end apartheid and bring peace and democracy to South Africa.    
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27 June 2010
Twenty five years ago, Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli were captured and murdered by security police. This marked a turning point for the South African struggle, but their deaths remained a mystery for decades to come.    
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26 June 2010
Fifty five years ago, the Congress of the People met at Kliptown to sign the Freedom Charter, which served as the precursor to South Africa's current Bill of Rights.   
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25 June 2010
The Ditsong National Museum of Military History is hosting an exhibition on the End Conscription Campaign (ECC) between 6 June and 30 August, 2010, including a number of evocative ECC struggle posters stored in SAHA's poster collection.    
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20 June 2010
World Refugee Day was established in late 2000 as a way of drawing attention to the ever-growing global plight of displaced persons. The theme for 2010 is 'home' - in sympathy with the millions worldwide forced to leave their homes behind.    
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16 June 2010
Youth Day is held each year as a reminder of the Soweto Uprising, which involved the mass uprising of Soweto's high school students against Bantu Education and the injustices of apartheid.   
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12 June 2010
The World Day against Child Labour was adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2002 as a way of drawing attention to international efforts aimed at ending child labour.   
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11 June 2010
For South Africans, soccer has retained a positive legacy in promoting a platform for voicing views against racism in sport.    
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05 June 2010
June 5 was designated World Environment Day in 1972, as a way of deepening consciousness of environmental concerns on a global level.    
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01 June 2010
International Children's Day recognises the significant role of children in society, and highlights the need for caregivers to provide them with protection, education and empowerment.    
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31 May 2010
On the centenary of the Union of South Africa, the South African History Archive reflects on the significance of this historical event on the evolution of contemporary South Africa.    
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16 May 2010
The South African History Archive remembers veteran South African human rights activist and patron of the Black Sash, Sheena Duncan, who passed away peacefully in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday the 4th of May, 2010.    
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15 May 2010
International Conscientious Objectors' Day focuses on the global struggles of COs against conscription and state militarism.   
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14 May 2010
Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert passed away on the 14th of May, 2010. His work in both South African politics and civil society was central to the process of multiracial negotiations which took place from the late 1980s.    
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12 May 2010
A new form of hate crime emerged in May 2008 when xenophobic attacks broke out throughout the country, creating an unprecedented refugee crisis.    
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11 May 2010
The John Harris Collection consists of material related to the trial, arrest and execution of (Frederick) John Harris, the only white person to be executed for a politically inspired offence in apartheid South Africa.    
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08 May 2010
Three members of the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organisation were abducted and murdered by Vlakplaas hit squad operatives on May 8, 1985, but details of their disappearance only emerged during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.    
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01 May 2010
The legacy of May Day, otherwise known as International Workers' Day, continues to resonate in South Africa, where workers still faced struggle against capitalist exploitation and apartheid repression.    
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27 April 2010
As we celebrate this year's Freedom Day, SAHA looks at a darker side of South African heritage: fifty years since the Group Areas Act No. 41 of 1950 was passed.   
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27 April 2010
This year's Freedom Day marks sixteen years since the birth of a new South African democracy.    
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26 April 2010
Film maker David Forbes has worked tirelessly for the past seven years, using PAIA to research the previously undisclosed story of the murder of the Cradock Four to produce both a full-length feature, and a made-for-television production.    
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15 April 2010
On the anniversary of its first human rights violations hearings at the East London City Hall in 1996, SAHA reflects on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).    
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26 March 2010
After significant work done by the NMF Memory Programme, the Rivonia Trial Database has been launched. It features wide-ranging material on the trial, including material from five SAHA collections.    
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21 March 2010
SAHA reflects on the tragic events that took place at Sharpeville on this day 50 years ago.   
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21 March 2010
The online exhibition developed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SAHA in 2008 has moved to SAHA's domain to enable further expansion    
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15 March 2010
SAHA commemorates the life and work of anti-apartheid icon, Fatima Meer.   
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08 March 2010
On International Women's Day, SAHA celebrates one century since the first proposal was made to create a special day for women.    
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11 February 2010
SAHA commemorates the legacy of District Six on the anniversary of the apartheid government's decision to declare it a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act of 1950.    
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11 February 2010
SAHA salutes Nelson Mandela on the twentieth anniversary of his release from prison.    
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02 February 2010
SAHA reflects on how the unbanning of political parties and partial lifting of State of Emergency Regulations signaled a positive shift towards a new South African democracy.   
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12 January 2010
On the anniversary of the Nangalembe Night Vigil Massacre, SAHA looks at the role of crime during South Africa's interregnum.   
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18 December 2009
Commemorating the 2009 International Migrants Day, SAHA reconciles South Africa's own past with current issues of migrancy, refugeeism and xenophobia.    
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17 December 2009
A new report on copyright and documentary film-making in South Africa has been released.   
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10 December 2009
On the 10th of December 2009, SAHA recounts the human rights struggles of the Namibian people on their road to freedom as they celebrate their own Human Rights Day.    
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30 November 2009
SAHA has produced an exciting new range of primary source materials on South African history from 1976 - 1994 for use in the classroom.   
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30 November 2009
SAHA has recently added the Sunday Times Heritage Project (STHP) collection to its holdings.   
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16 November 2009
To mark International Students Day, SAHA recalls the proud tradition of student activism in South Africa.   
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28 October 2009
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the ECC, SAHA has put together a virtual exhibition using a range of archival materials, primarily posters and photographs, to provide an overview of the ECC's history.   
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24 October 2009
It is 38 years today since the death of detainee Ahmed Timol at John Vorster Square police station and his family are still looking for answers.   
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17 October 2009
On Sunday 25 October 2009, a seminar to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the End Conscription Campaign , entitled 'Remembering the Apartheid war and how it shaped our lives' will be held in Johannesburg.   
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12 October 2009
On October 10, SAHA and GDE hosted a workshop for secondary history educators at Constitution Hill, to pilot new educational resources on using primary sources in the classroom.    
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02 October 2009
Part of commemorating the ECC has involved acknowledging the ongoing struggle of today's young Conscientious Objectors - including the Shministim, who recently spoke at Wits University.    
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15 September 2009
15 September saw international celebrations for the International Day of Democracy   
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13 September 2009
The Nkosi Albert Luthuli Young Historians’ Oral History Competition for secondary learners is once again underway across the country.    
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07 September 2009
Long-anticipated launch of the '"Forgotten" Voices in the Present' book and documentary.   
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02 September 2009
Commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the 'Purple March.'   
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29 May 2009
The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African History Archive, in partnership with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, are convening a dialogue forum on the theme Reconciliation and the Work of Memory in Post-apartheid South Africa in April 2008   
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10 February 2009
SAHA would like to invite postermakers who were involved in the production and dissemination of South African struggle posters to participate in an advocacy and information-sharing project in 2009   
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09 February 2008
Katorus stories presents the results of the art-making and memory workshop with the Khulumani Support Group in Katorus, facilitated by SAHA in early 2007.   
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