"Govan Mbeki faces the press shortly after his release from prison. Together with him are: (back) Aubrey Mkoena and Samson Ndou. (seated left to right) June Mlongeni, Govan Mbeki, Albertina Sisulu and .. read moreImage source: University of the Western Cape Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives"

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Oliver Kraas, the South African cross country skier is born

Friday, 18 April 1975
Oliver Martin Kraas was born on 18 April 1975 in Germiston, Gauteng.[i] Oliver i..
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018



South African History Online

The Arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck in the Cape - 6 April 1652

On 24 December 1651, accompanied by his wife and son, Jan van Riebeeck set off from Texel in The Netherlands for the Cape of Good Hope. Van Riebeeck had signed a contract with the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to oversee the setting up of a refreshment station

Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) is a political party whose presence in the South African political landscape spans just over half a century.

Thembisile ‘Chris’ Hani

Thembisile Chris Hani was born in the rural village of Sabalele, in the Cofimvaba region of the former Transkei. He was the fifth of the six children of Gilbert and Mary Hani, and one of the three that did not die during infancy.

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (Msholozi – his praise name) was born on 12 April 1942 at Nkandla in northern Natal (now kwaZulu-Natal). He is the first born of five children of his father Nobhekisisa Zuma and his second wife, Geinamazwi. His mother had three sons with his father, Jacob being the eldest.

Dutch East India Company (DEIC)/VOC

March 20, 1602 marked the beginning of the inexorable end for many a state in the then known world. On that day, four hundred years ago, a group of Dutch merchants and independent trading companies.

Human Rights and the South African Constitution

South Africa's Constitution (1996) enshrines the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law. Everyone in South Africa, including the government, and all laws are subject to and must follow the Constitution.

South African Communist Party (SACP)

On 30 July 2011, the South African Communist Party (SACP) celebrated its 90th anniversary. Initially known as the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA), the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after it had been forced underground.


Sharpeville Timeline

16 December 1959 - At the annual African National Congress (ANC) conference, Chief Albert Luthuli declared that 1960 would be the "Year of the Pass", with a nation-wide anti-pass campaign to start on 31 March - the anniversary of the 1919 Anti-Pass Campaign

Herero Revolt 1904-1907

Present day Namibia was once a part of the imperial German empire. As was common during the scramble for Africa in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the territory was claimed and occupied by an expansionist European power, in this case Germany.