Arts & Culture


Maritime history and heritage: shipwrecks

Why are shipwrecks important? Shipwrecks have always held a specific allure. The promise of hidden treasure, the unexplored and underwater adventure is so seductive that a healthy, global tourist industry has developed around shipwrecks. Although most people associate treasure with gold and silver cargo, historic shipwrecks provide maritime archaeologists with another kind of treasure. They gather immense amounts of archaeological, historical, scientific, social and technical in.. read more
South Africa's World heritage sites
A World Heritage Site is declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). For a place to be included on the... more
Football in South Africa
On 15 May 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland, Joseph (Sepp) Blatter, president of FIFA, world soccer's governing body, made an historic announcement: South... more
Drum Magazine
The establishment of Drum Magazine in the 1950s, notwithstanding the newly-elected Nationalist Party’s policy of Apartheid, reflected the... more
Towards a people's culture, Art and Resistance under apartheid
Art in the state of siege The Sharpeville Massacre was one of the most important turning points in the history of South Africa. It triggered a chain... more
Black Consciousness: Cultural Expression and Representation
Though first publicized as a respected medium for the liberation struggle in 1967, poetry and literary expression had been popularized throughout the... more
South African Film
Feature Films are the long format, fictional (non-factual) films you see in cinemas. They are called long format because they are longer than most... more
South African National Symbols and Heritage
This feature highlights aspects of South African Heritage and symbols of South Africa. A person's heritage is made up of the practices, and... more
Lineages of Freedom: a Celebration of Culture and Shared Ties
Lineages of Freedom is a festival organised by South African History Online and The Centre of the Humanities at University of Western Cape. The... more
South Africa and the Olympic Games
Background What is today referred to as the “Ancient Olympic Games”, was a sports festival celebrated in honour of the Greek god Zeus in... more
Origins of major world religions reflected in SA
Religion is an important part of millions of people's lives across the world. Thousands of African people are converted to Christianity every day and... more
Defining culture, heritage and identity
What is heritage and identity? People learn and are influenced by the place and the people around them. In a country like South Africa many people... more
National Heritage Day
Heritage Day is one of the newly created South African public holidays. It is a day in which all are encouraged to celebrate their cultural... more