Individual beliefs about the past and its relevance to the present strongly influenced awareness of the Marikana tragedy.
The Mapungubwe site offers evidence of precolonial innovation and technology.
The students who marched on 16 June 1976 did more than simply register a political opinion.
Avoiding trite moralisations, Professor Southall uses empirical research to shed light on white South Africans’ adjustment to democracy.
Any ruling party in South Africa has found it hard to maintain internal coherence and unity over an extended time span amid wide national diversity.
Magema Fuze’s book was a radical act of publishing. It contained histories of chiefdoms and kingdoms - from the Zulu to the Ngcobo.
The books aim to write women back into history for children to see that women are able to take up powerful positions in society.
Her values of integrity, impartiality, professional ethics, and court decorum make her the ideal person to head the country’s judiciary.
This history covers twelve decades, from the surrender of Boer guerrillas in the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1902 to the July 2021 looting spree and violence.
Thanks to the public events and the scholarly engagement with her life and work, Charlotte Maxeke has become one of the most visible South African women from the 19th and 20th centuries.
A new book explores physical culture in a social and historical context, focusing on colonial settings.
The Communist Party draws most of the members from South Africa’s mainly young, unemployed people, a group that keeps growing.
A lie about children’s paternity back in 1700 means tens of thousands of South Africans today are using the wrong surname.
The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.
Given the central role that ethnicity played and still plays in South African politics, it is good to have an unbiased estimate of Afrikaners’ genetic history.
The suggestion that Mandela single-handedly achieved democracy is as intellectually threadbare as the charge that he was centrally responsible for the failure to transform South Africa.
Following the war, the South African authorities were anxious to charge known war criminals, traitors and collaborators. But nothing came of it.
When the Truth and Reconciliation was mandated to investigate human rights violations from March 1960, that left twelve years of apartheid rule unexplored.
The low levels of familiarity with key historical events indicate that there are serious shortcomings in the development of national collective memory in South Africa.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.