History and heritage
Heritage Day celebrates the diversity of South Africa. It is one of the newer public holidays, declared after the republic became a democratic state in 1994. We look at the origins of the day, and recall the first celebration in 1996.
South Africa has 54 skyscrapers and more than 20 high-rise structures that measure over 100
metres – and most of them are to be found in the City of Gold. Here is a list of the 10 highest
buildings and other notable structures in the country.
The recent Afrikaans Language Heritage Symposium addressed the conservation and up-liftment
of one of South Africa's 11 official languages. The burning question for attendees was: are we
leaving behind a living language?
Acclaimed South African photographer Peter Magubane has published a book of his historical
photographs documenting the 1976 Soweto uprising. At the launch of the book, he remembers,
40 years later, how he strived to tell world of the darkness and brutality of apartheid.
It took a single day for young South Africans to change the course of South Africa's history, setting us on the path to democracy. That day was 16 June 1976. Here is an hour-by-hour account of events as they unfolded, 40 years ago.
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