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The SA government recently acknowledged the importance of addressing issues of equality for women and the need to stop the violence against them by following its annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign with the establishment of a national council to plan for 365…
More than anyone else, Pixley ka Isaka Seme (1881-1951) was the founder of the ANC. It was he who, on his return from long years of study in the United States and Britain, issued the call to Africans to meet in Bloemfontein in January 1912 to form a new national…
Much of the analysis of the ANC Youth League's two-day march for economic freedom in Joburg at the end of October focused on the narrow political issues of whether it could save the organisation's president, Julius Malema, from being sidelined — just as subsequent recent coverage of the youth league…
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Albert Luthuli's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in the Norwegian capital of Oslo in 1961, and the delivery of one of the most eloquent and stirring speeches in the history of the award. Luthuli was the president of the ANC from 1952…
Fifty years ago this month Chief Albert Luthuli, then-president of the ANC, was told that he was to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was not only the first South African to be awarded this prestigious prize; he was the first person from Africa. Three other South Africans were…
Fifty years ago this month Chief Albert Luthuli, president-general of the ANC, was informed that he was to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was not only the first South African to be awarded this prestigious prize, he was the first person from Africa. Three other South Africans were…
Fifty years ago next month, Dag Hammarskjold, the secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), died in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia. He is widely recognised as the greatest secretary-general the UN has had. Most of his last year in office was taken up with the recently independent Congo. That…
This Child Will Be Great: Memoirs of A Remarkable Life by Africa's First Woman President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: (Harper Collins)As Liberia prepares for elections in October, it is worth assessing the life and times of its president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who became Africa's first elected female leader in November 2005.…
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