History and heritage

South Africa pays tribute to historic heroes

The National Heritage Monument in Pretoria encompasses South Africa's history. It features bronze life-size statues of people who have left their mark, from the precolonial era, through the colonial times to the liberation struggle. It should become a must-stop visit for tourists.

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South Africans urged to follow Benedict Daswa's lead

In honouring the life of Benedict Daswa yesterday, South Africans were encouraged to stop violence even if it they did not agree with each other. Daswa was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, and was named South Africa's first martyr.

South African struggle heroes honoured in Mozambique

The Matola Monument and Interpretative Centre in Maputo, unveiled on 11 September, honours the South Africans and Mozambicans who contributed to the anti-apartheid struggle, and who died in a raid by the security police. It also helps to strengthen ties between the two countries.

New human related species found at Maropeng

A new branch of hominin known as homo naledi was unveiled at Maropeng in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind this morning. It suggests that they too had a sophisticated understanding of death. Found in the Dinaledi Chamber, the remains opens up more mysteries about our past.

South Africa plans memorial to banished chieftainess

A burial and memorial site will honour late chieftainess Makwena Matlala in Limpopo. Matlala was the first woman banished by the apartheid government for being unco-operative regarding its policies. She was sent away in 1950 and was only allowed to return in 1965.

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72 days that shaped South Africa

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