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1956 Womens March

Nelson Mandela, champion of women's rights

Nelson Mandela championed women's rights, as his speeches show, writes archivist Lerato Tshabalala.
Volunteers from RebuildSA clean up after looting in Soweto, July 2021

It is in our hands to rebuild our country from the ashes of the unrest

What an extraordinary and painful month July was for South Africa, writes Foundation CE Sello…
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“This Bloodless Wound” - A review of Kirsty Steinberg’s "Confrontation"

Kneo Mokgopa, the Foundation's Manager of Communications & Advocacy, reviews Kirsty Steinerg's memoir, Confrontation.
Unthere June 2021

Pride is a deathly labour

So, it’s been Pride Month in the Global North. They, in their infinite and u…
Constitutional Court facade, Johannesburg

Our singular challenge

What does "rule of law" mean in South Africa, where society is still trying to…
Hands using sanitiser at an E1F1 food distribution event

Take action, inspire change, and make every day a Mandela Day

In this time of pandemic the Mandela Day slogan "Take action, inspire change, and…

One hand in the fire, the other in the flames

Unpacking the myths about black women with Kneo Mokgopa, the Foundation's Manager of Communications and…
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'A Lawyer’s Odyssey: Apartheid, Mandela and Beyond'

Verne Harris, Head: Leadership & Knowledge Development, reviews a new book written by human rights lawyer…
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The Bonds that Bind Us: Remembering Madiba in a Time of Global Fracture

Just Mandela's walk to freedom was long, so should we not expect the walk of…
Mural with "together" emblazoned on a wall

A democracy to come

Along with the extraordinary challenges and suffering brought about by Covid-19, 2020 has been a year…
typewriter and "racial equality" typed on a sheet of paper

Taking race discussions beyond the usual

An interview with Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity's Sebabatso Manoeli on the Race Beyond…
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My archives intern journey

Since joining the archive team, I have been on an amazing learning curve and have…
Unthere Men

Unthere Men: Indoda Mayibe critically discussed

There does not seem to be a linear way to discuss men simply for the…
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A crisis of imagination

While the crisis humanity is facing feels like a material one, a practical one, in…
Protest for Breonna Taylor

Stop calling Breonna Taylor’s killing a 'tragedy’

Using the word tragedy to describe Breonna Taylor’s killing is a…