History and heritage
Sixty years ago, 164 women of all races, representing 230 000 women from a range of struggle organisations and trade unions, gathered in Johannesburg to draw up the Women's Charter, one of the first documents to map out a vision for a post-apartheid South Africa.
One hundred years have passed since Mahatma Gandhi left South Africa to return to India. The lessons he left have not been forgotten, and continue to inspire South Africans as the country builds a cohesive and inclusive national identity.
Private Myengwa Beleza, a South African who died on the battlefields of France almost a century ago, on Sunday became the first black soldier to be buried alongside 600 of his white compatriots at a South African World War I memorial in northern France.
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.
A Memorial Acre, incorporating a June 16 Memorial and Youth Institute, was unveiled in Soweto on Monday, the 38th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The institute will serve both as a centre of memory and as a resource for youth and community development.
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