History and heritage

Photographer Peter Magubane remembers June 16 with new book

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.

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June 16 1976: The day youth changed South Africa's history

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.


'I am Constitution' campaign road trip through South Africa

Over 16 days a group of travellers journeying through South Africa will highlight the importance of our Constitution and how it impacts the lives of South Africans.


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.


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".

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SA History Online

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National flag

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National anthem

Uniting two anthems, five languages and over 49-million people. >

National symbols

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Nelson Mandela

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Eight World Heritage sites: places of "outstanding value to humanity". >

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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". >