History and heritage

Joburg's Rissik Street Post Office revamp

One of Johannesburg's most recognised historic buildings, the old post office in Rissik Street, is being refurbished, the city has announced. It was built in 1897 and was declared a national monument in 1978. In November 2009, it was wrecked by a fire.

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Joburg honours struggle icons

The city of Joburg honoured two of its greatest residents, giving them the Freedom of the City. George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni received the honour for their role in contributing to South Africa's freedom – "one a defender and the other a member of the defending legal team".


South Africa marks monuments day

Freedom Park in Tshwane took part in International Day of Monuments and Sites, which fell on 18 April. Under the theme "The Heritage of Sport", schools participated by getting learners to prepare presentations that highlighted the importance of cultural heritage institutions.


72 days that shaped South Africa

Just how miraculous was SA's transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did we come to civil war? Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela's inauguration as President in 1994 - and see how heavily the odds were stacked against the rainbow nation.


16 December: a day to learn from the past

South Africa's public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and recognition of the country's rich cultural history.

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72 days that shaped South Africa

Just how "miraculous" was our transition to democracy? How close did we really come to civil war? Check out some press clippings of the 72 days leading up to SA's first democratic elections - and see how heavily the odds were stacked against "the rainbow nation". >