Politics & Society

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, after the banning of the ANC and PAC, the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) resuscitated the anti-... read more
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The Black Consciousness Movement of Azania (BCMA) was the external arm of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), and had offices  in... read more
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The Black People’s Convention (BPC) was an umbrella organisation of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). BCM had its origins in... read more
The Women's Defence of the Constitution League In 1955 a small group of white middle-class women who were predominantly English-... read more
In 1973, Natal women formed a federation of Black women after Fatima Meer returned from the USA, where Black American women were moved by... read more
The Building Construction and Allied Workers’ Union (BCAWU) was formed on 1 March 1975, and Leonard ‘Skakes’ Sikhakhane... read more
In May 1980 tenants of houses in the Greater Cape Flats Areas neighbouring areas were informed by the Cape Town City and Divisional Council... read more
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The period of the Second World War marked important developments in South Africa’s social, political and economic front for Black... read more
Together with civic organizations, the youth played an in important role in the struggle against apartheid in the Western Cape. The first... read more
Founded on 24 November 1974, the Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU)organised in the sectors handling chemicals, plastic, rubber,... read more
The Christian Institute of South Africa (CISA) was formed in August 1963, with Rev. C.F. Beyers Naud as a Director. The establishment of... read more
SACCAWU was founded as CCAWUSA (The Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union of South Africa) in 1975, with Emma Mashinini as the... read more
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The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) was established in June 1979 as a national organization to represent the interests of Black... read more
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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) was launched on 1 December 1985, at the height of the struggle against apartheid. As a... read more
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This article was written by Savannah Seara-Robitaille and forms part of the SAHO Public History Internship. The Congress of... read more

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