History and heritage
Academic, lawyer, founder of the Pan-Africanist Congress and one of the first to propose a "non-racial" rather than "multi-racial" future, Robert Sobukwe, one of the South Africa's greatest but often forgotten heroes, died this week 36 years ago.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will unveil an upgraded Egerton Bus Boycott Massacre Memorial Site in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday as part of South Africa's national Heritage Day celebrations.
Take a brief tour through the rich, dramatic history of South Africa: from the
earliest inhabitants through colonisation to the discovery of diamonds and gold –
and the war that followed; from the formation and evolution of black resistance,
through three decades of crisis to the eventual death of apartheid.
Constitution Hill, a multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of Johannesburg, was built on the site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group - Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them - were once detained.
Robben Island: "island of exiles", apartheid prison, symbol of the ultimate triumph
of non-racialism over intolerance, sanctuary for bird and animal life ... World
Heritage Site. The windswept island 12 kilometres off the coast of Cape Town is a
place of mystery and amazement to those who visit it.
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