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The Second National Consultative Conference of the ANC has taken place. It opened on June 16th, the ninth anniversary of the Soweto uprising of 1976 and closed on the 23rd. We had originally planned...
Author: O. R. Tambo
Publication date: 25 June 1985
Comrade Chairman,  Comrades, Delegates, This day, the opening of the National Consultative Conference of the ANC, is a great and moving moment in the history of our struggle for national...
Author: O. R. Tambo
Publication date: June 1985
The Deputy President of the ANC, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, will deliver a lecture to celebrate the life and times of Oliver Reginald Tambo during the Mid-term Provincial General Council (PGC) of...
The Minister of Transport; S’bu Ndebele, Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, Chairperson of ACSA, Sindi Zilwa and the CEO, Monhla Hlahla, The CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, Danny...
Report on an investigation into alleged improper and unethical conduct by the President and other state functionaries relating to alleged improper relationships and involvement of the Gupta family in...
The Chris Hani Institute (CHI) was launched in 2003 to promote the values and principles practised by Chris Hani and others in their struggle to serve the aspirations of ordinary working people and...
Description: Director’s Report, Chris Hani Institute, October 2012 to September 201
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Johannesburg Advice Office Annual Report to National Conference on 14 March 1978 discussing interview statistics, political control, pass laws, Urban Areas Consolidation Act, Bophuthatswana and...
Author: Black Sash
Publication date: 1978-03-14
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Report by Neville Curtis, President of the National Union of Students calling on people to join the struggle against racism (Kumasi statement). Appendix to President's Report at the 47th Annual...
Author: Neville Curtis
Publication date: 1971-01-00
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Report by several Comrades of a mission in Okavango and Namibia
Publication date: 1980-03-22
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Report on discussions between a South African delegation and an American delegation regarding the polictical and military situation in Africa, in general, and southern Africa in particular
Publication date: 1985-02-08
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Report of the President of the National Union of South African Students at the 58th Annual Congress, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 29 November to 4 December 1980. Mention was made of...
Author: Andrew Boraine
Publication date: 1980-10-31
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Report from the National Union of Students Welfare and Social Action Department to the 49th Annual Congress of the National Union of South African Students, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 30 Nov - 3...
Author: Jeanette E Curtis
Publication date: 1972-12-00
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Report from H. Makgothi to the African National Congress National Executive Committee on a meeting with Ntatho Motlana, regarding the South African political situation and the South African economy.
Author: Henry G Makghothi
Publication date: 1987-04-12
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Unauthored report on events and activities in Swaziland.
Author: African National Congress
Publication date: 1981-12-24
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The report shows that events in the Eastern Cape are indicative that the philosophy of Black Consciousness is beginning to be understood and accepted by the youth in this area but not by the elderly
Author: South African Students Organisation
Publication date: 1974-01-14
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Details of prisoners awaiting death sentence
Author: Society for the Abolition of the Death Penalty in South Africa
Publication date: 0000-00-00

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Art is an act of resistance. It asserts our agency. Omar Badsha has identified not only as an artist, but an activist for most of his life. Born in 1945, he grew up under the oppression of apartheid, facing injustice on a daily basis. He was harassed, his work was banned, and his movement was restricted. But Badsha fought back with photography. Today his work as a historian is ensuring that the truth of our past, and our future, remains free.     

Badsha discovered his love of politics through his father, being raised in a house where activists came to meet. He had dreams of studying art abroad, but in 1965 was denied a passport by the government. Nevertheless, he continued to create, and that same year one of his woodcuts won the first of many awards. As a man well known for his doggedness, veracity, and humanity, Badsha refused to exhibit his drawings and paintings in segregated galleries. When he joined the trade union movement he turned his eye to photography. Badsha’s first book of photographs, Letter to Farzanah, was banned after release. Now freely accessible, his book depicts the lives of South African children of all races and backgrounds during apartheid. “We came out of a society where our history was actually erased, totally, not recognised,” he says. “But we turned it around during the anti-apartheid struggle.”

Badsha’s extensive photographic work has been exhibited globally, and it’s his emotive images of ordinary people that illustrate the heart behind his activism. In the 1990s, Badsha was finally given his first passport. It was only valid for three months, but the freedom he fought for came soon after as South Africa held its first democratic elections on 27 April 1994. He then founded South African History Online, a non-profit project dedicated to preserving an open history of our country. It’s the largest website of its kind in Africa, and has a virtual classroom to help teach children. In 2017, Badsha was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University. His work serves as a reminder that the pain of our past is not to be forgotten. Instead, it is the key to our future, and our freedom.

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