Category: Historical Background


A Look Back at Nelson Mandela’s Early Years

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Historical Figure: Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma is the President of the African National Congress (ANC) – South Africa’s governing political party. Following his party’s victory in the 2009 general election, he was elected by parliament as the President of South Africa. He was the…

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“Mother of the Nation”-Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela was born on September 26, 1936 in Bizana, Transkei.  Winnie was married to former South African president Nelson Mandela, but later the two got divorced.  Winnie Mandela, like her late husband Nelson, had an incredible drive to fight…

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1994 Elections: Amazing day in history

April of 1994 marked the first general election after the end of apartheid in South Africa. It was the first time that entire adult population could vote and a monumental election in history. There were three days of voting and…

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District 6

“In Cape Town there was a vibrant cosmopolitan part of the city called District Six nestling at the foot of Table Mountain. It was a lively, multiracial community with a diversity of Christians, Muslims, Jews and they had lived like…

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Chris Hani – A Man That Will Never Be Forgotten

Chris Hani was born on June 28th, 1942 and assassinated on April 10th 1993.  Hani was born and raised in a small, rural village named kuSabalele Transkei.  He had five other siblings and was the second youngest among them. Hani…

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Stompie Seipei and the Mandela United Football Club

The Mandela United Football Club was formed by Winnie Mandela, former wife of Nelson Mandela, in1986. The club was a group of misfit youths that were supposedly trying to better their lives by joining this club. What is not known…

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It Was South African Team Who Won That Day, Not The Black Team Nor The White.

In addition to having the newly elected president, Nelson Mandela, South Africa was preparing to host the  Rugby World Cup in 1995. “However, during the time of apartheid only the Afrikaners were excited to see their Springboks play. In the…

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AIDS Epidemic in South Africa

It is evident that there is an HIV AIDS epidemic in South Africa. There are about 5.6 million people living with HIV in South Africa, which is more than any other country. The prevalence of AIDS has increased drastically recently….

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Apartheid in ACTion: Public Safety Act

The Public Safety Act (No.3) began on March 4, 1953. The Act allowed the government to arrest people without trial, and allowed the government to declare martial law. Martial law is when the military, for a temporary period, are in…

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