History and heritage

South Africa's history is told at Freedom Park

On Salvokop, overlooking the capital and facing the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park tells the story of Africa, from the creation myths to South Africa's struggle against oppression. It is a place of healing and reflection, and a tribute to ordinary heroes.

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Eastern Cape at centre of Human Rights Month programme

The main official observance of Human Rights Month will take place in Eastern Cape, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Uitenhage Massacre. The theme this year is "Celebrating the Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights for All".


Charlotte Maxeke's home to become a museum

The Kliptown home of Charlotte Maxeke, the mother of black freedom in South Africa, is to be converted into a museum and interpretation centre, the Gauteng Provincial Government announced at an event to mark International Women's Day on Sunday.


Robert Sobukwe: South Africa's first non-racial Africanist

As South Africa marks Human Rights month, we pay tribute to one of South Africa's greatest but often forgotten heroes of the struggle for freedom.


Remembering Joe Slovo, 20 years on

Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of South African struggle stalwart Joe Slovo. Commended as an outstanding revolutionary by former president Nelson Mandela, Slovo headed up the SA Community Party and dedicated his life to gaining power for all the people of South Africa.

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SA History Online

New ways of teaching history, new insight into South Africa's past. >
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National flag

Whatever shape our flag takes, it's instantly recognised by South Africans everywhere. >
South Africa's 
national flag

National anthem

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

National symbols

What's that image on your R5 coin? What does !ke e: /xarra //ke mean? (Whose language is that?) ...
South Africa's national symbols

Nelson Mandela

Find out more about one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. >
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Nelson Mandela page
South Africa's 
World Heritage sites

World heritage

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

Cultural 
experiences in South Africa

Heritage adventures

TFrom galleries to rock art centres, museums to cultural villages - discover our rich heritage for yourself. >

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". >