History and heritage

Black WWI soldier reburied alongside white comrades

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.

Black WWI soldier reburied alongside white comrades

A short history of South Africa

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Memorial Acre unveiled in Soweto

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.


Interactive museum to honour SA's struggle heroes

The Maritzburg Gaol - which once held leaders such as Nelson Mandela, King Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo and Harry Gwala - is being converted into a world-class museum. Built in 1862, its oldest cellblock is a national monument and one of the oldest buildings in Pietermartizburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal.


'Karabo' skeleton replica on exhibit in Cape Town

The Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town has become the first museum in Africa to exhibit a standing replica of the two-million-year-old Australopithecus sediba - dubbed "Karabo" - one of the most complete skeletons of an early human relative that has ever been found.

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