Great Lives: Pivotal Moments

Commissioned by SAHA as part of the Sunday Times Heritage Project and published by Jacana Media, Great Lives: Pivotal Moments draws on photographs, press clippings, drawings, letters and other archival materials to tell remarkable stories honouring ordinary and extraordinary people, places and events in the last century in South Africa.


Portraits of Colonialism (1897 - 1923)

  • Olive Schreiner
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Reverend Isaac Wauchope and the sinking of the SS Mendi
  • Enoch Mgijima and the Bulhoek Massacre
  • Nontetha Mkwenke

Segregation and early apartheid (1930s - 1951)

  • Albert Luthuli
  • Orlando Pirates
  • Cissie Gool
  • Alan Paton
  • Race Classification
  • Bessie Head

Repression and Resistance (1952 - 1961)

  • Raymond Mhlaba
  • George Pemba
  • Duma Nokwe
  • Lilian Ngoyi
  • Athol Fugard

The new generation (1960s - 1980s)

  • Ingrid Jonker
  • John Vorster Square
  • Basil D'Oliviera
  • Tsietsi Mashinini
  • Brenda Fassie
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Freedom in our Time (1989 - 1994)

  • The Purple March
  • Desmond Tutu and the TRC

Copies of Great Lives: Pivotal Moments are available for purchase from good bookshops in South Africa.

Sunday Times Heritage Project
Order this book