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.
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.
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.
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.
Anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett (29) died in apartheid police detention in 1982.
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Neil Agget’s passionate trade unionism proved fateful. It made him a target of a brutally repressive apartheid police state.
An artist’s impression of Gan Siyobonga memorial park in Israel.
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Gan Siyabonga is unique in Israel. It highlights a group that was both anti-apartheid and pro-Zionist.
Beyoncé performs in Dubai in 2023.
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Africa is considered too high risk as a destination for big US pop tours - but Beyoncé could and should break the mould.
Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
South Africa’s foreign policy under Ramaphosa emphasises economic diplomacy and ‘progressive internationalism’, which promotes global equity and ending the dominance of the global north.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor, in Pretoria. Russia provided valuable support for the ANC during its struggle against apartheid.
The relationship between Pretoria and Moscow was forged in the apartheid era with the then Soviet Union giving support to banned ANC fighters.
Regina Twala in a rare photograph with her first husband Percy Kumalo, 1936.
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A powerful new book restores the writer and feminist politician to her rightful place in history.
African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo during his exile in Botswana.
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A historian counters the popular view that the 1989 collapse of the Berlin Wall set in motion talks to end apartheid. The process was unstoppable by then.
Loyalists of the ANC’s Radical Economic Transformation (RET) at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban.
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Despite its vagueness, the RET has become central to the contemporary ANC. It is destined to remain a powerful bloc within the party, and a constant constraint on Ramaphosa leadership.
Simon Nkoli (left) with activist and physician Ivan Toms in 1989.
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The activist is today the subject of songs, sculptures, an annual lecture and even a new musical.
South Africa’s democratic era presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa, made big strategic choices – not necessarily the right ones, but certainly ones that were befitting of the times.
Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions sing political songs in 1987 in Johannesburg.
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Struggle songs are relevant even in the post apartheid context because they continue to be an important way in which people deliberate on issues.
When asked to recall the popular children’s book series ‘The Berenstain Bears,’ many people make the same error by spelling it ‘The Berenstein Bears.’
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People are puzzled when they learn they share the same false memories with others. That’s partly because they assume that what they remember and forget ought to be based only on personal experience.
ANC supporters show support for corruption accused and suspended party secretary general Ace Magashule outside court in Bleomfontein.
To his credit, former South African president Thabo Mbeki set up anti-corruption institutions that survived his own efforts to erode them.
Thandi Modise, South Africa’s defence minister.
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South Africa’s foreign policy is supposed to be guided by the principle of ubuntu (humanness), so a visit to an aggressor is hard to explain.