Typical apartheid-era houses in Soweto, South Africa.
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The transfer of township rental houses to inhabitants did not necessarily give families greater security. “Family houses” were frequently acquired by individuals.
Alexandra township is situated next to the wealthy suburb of Sandton, laying bare post-apartheid South Africa’s vast gulf between wealth and poverty.
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Efforts have been made to change the patterns of inequality in South Africa. But not enough has been done. Race-based inequality is still a real problem.
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi speaks in parliament.
Buthelezi should not be dismissed as a mere stooge during apartheid. Yet, he deserves little praise as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties.
An image from the Lockdown series that won the 2023 FNB Art Prize.
Images courtesy Lindokuhle Sobekwa.
The winner of the prestigious FNB Art Prize documents township life in lockdown and rural life in a former homeland.
A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait to receive food rations distributed by a humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 2023.
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The Taliban’s two years ruling Afghanistan have taught us ordinary human rights initiatives are insufficient to address gender apartheid. We need resolute collective international action.
Wreck of the British ship Charlotte in Algoa Bay, South Africa, 1854.
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The word shows that language isn’t static, it evolves to reflect developments in a society.
South Africa is one of four African countries participating in the tournament, which begins on 28 July.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Israel’s President Isaac Herzog in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on July 18, 2023.
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Despite claims of defending democracy and shared values, the U.S.-Israel relationship is one of self-interest where the Palestinians pay the price.
Nelson Mandela, the late first president of democratic South Africa, is credited with the relatively peaceful transition from apartheid rule.
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There is never going to be a final assessment of Mandela’s legacy. How it is regarded will continue to change, depending on the destination South Africa travels to.
A former gang member in Cape Town, South Africa, shows off his tattoos.
Courtesy Dariusz Dziewanski
More than being the social problem they are often made out to be, gangs are an indication of larger problems present in their societies.
I Write Into the Yawning Void is Magona’s new book, released in the year she turns 80. Björn Rudner.
From domestic worker to matriarch of South African literature, the book is a reflection on her writing journey.
Lilian Ngoyi, one of the leaders of the 1956 women’s march against apartheid, is immortalised on an abandoned building.
The sites provide a rare tangible record of the international solidarity that existed during the Cold War.
Some 1971 tour players, from left, Hira Dhiraj, Hoosen Bobat, a Dutch friend, Jasmat Dhiraj, Charmaine Williams and Oscar Woodman. Williams toured at her own expense.
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A new book delves into the issues faced by a 1971 international tennis tour, and calls for injustice to be recognised.
There are more black African academic staff at South African universities than before.
Despite some positive shifts, the staffing situation at public higher education institutions remains polarised in terms of race and gender.
A still from the documentary about growing up in South Africa.
Milisuthando/Rob Pollock/Francis Burger
Opening the Encounters documentary festival in South Africa, the film has received international praise.
Detail of a photo of Frank Anthony (front left) on Robben Island with Walter Sisulu (front right).
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The activist and writer has been erased from South Africa’s history - but new academic work seeks to restore his voice.
The late South African mining tycoon, Harry Oppenheimer.
Harry Frederick Oppenheimer in his Johannesburg office. (Photo by William Campbell/Sygma via Getty Images
Regarding himself heir to Cecil Rhodes, Oppenheimer deplored the threat to civilisation represented by ‘primitive tribesmen’.
Chris Hani (R) after being elected secretary general of the South African Communist Party in December 1991. To his left is the former secretary general Jo Slovo.
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The book is a gripping read for anyone interested in late 20th century history, and in the end of apartheid.
Some media and politicians have been comparing the First Nations Voice to Parliament to apartheid. However, ensuring First Nations peoples have their views heard by parliament is not the same thing.
Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at home in 1990.
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Jonny Steinberg talks about his intimate double biography of the famous South African leaders.