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Albertina Sisulu Stamp Handover

“A woman of fortitude”, this is the centenary theme bestowed upon Albertina Sisulu as the country celebrated her profound legacy she left behind in...

Five South African human rights NGOs you should know about

To celebrate Human Rights Day on 21 March, here is a look at five of South Africa's NGOs working for human rights in the country and beyond, organisations dedicated to the promotion of human dignity, equality and freedom.

Sharpeville: from protest to peace

sharpeville2---thumbThe dusty town of Sharpeville has seen much history, from the massacre of peaceful protesters to the signing of the new Constitution of a democratic country. We look at the timeline of a place written into the history books.

A guarantee of freedom: South Africa’s Bill of Rights

South Africa's ground-breaking Bill of Rights is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world. All South Africans should know their rights, and respect the rights of fellow citizens. Read the full text of the Bill of Rights.

Remembering the voices of the women of 1956

On 9 August 1956, 20 000 voices cried out: "You strike a woman, you strike a rock". South Africa's women had spoken, saying they were neither meek nor mild, but the bedrock on which their communities were founded, and they would not let their freedoms be trespassed upon.

Bringing home Nat Nakasa, the ‘Native of Nowhere’

Homesick, yet forbidden to return home, Nat Nakasa died alone in New York. He was just 29 years old. Forty-nine years later his remains are returning to be reburied near his hometown, and South Africa remembers his transcendental writing, his successful bid to have black voices heard, and his dark, pathos-laden humour.

Call to sign Mandela ‘Lego-cy’ petition

"You're never too young to know the whole story", digital marketing agency Quirk says at the end of a YouTube video backing its campaign for Lego to create a special set of its interlocking plastic brick toys to honour the "Legocy" of Nelson Mandela.

Constitution Hill is a window on a brutal past

Sitting astride a ridge on the northern edge of Joburg's inner city, Constitution Hill is a symbol of how far South Africa has come. Once a notorious prison filled with anti-apartheid activists, it is now the seat of the highest court in the land, where freedom, democracy and justice are defended.

Women in the struggle remembered

The women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against pass laws were honoured in a colourful ceremony on the same day 57 years later, in Tshwane.
Businesswomen leaving a legacy

Commemorating 1913 heroines

Women’s Month 2013 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1913 anti-pass demonstration by women of the then Orange Free State. That campaign was led by struggle heroine Charlotte Maxeke.
Inspirational women taking SA forward