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The African People’s Democratic Union of Southern Africa (APDUSA) was launched in Duncan Village outside East London in March 1961.... read more
The African Students Association (ASA) was established on 17 December 1961 in Durban under the auspices of the banned African National... read more
The Afrikaanse Handelsinsituut (AHI – in English the Afrikaans Commercial Institute) was formed during WWII to create Afrikaner... read more
The Origins of the Afrikaner Bond The Afrikaner Bond, an Afrikaner political organisation that was effectively the first political party in... read more
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The first mention of a Coloured Affairs Department (CAD) and Coloured Advisory Council (CAC) was made by Prime Minister Jan Smuts, in 1941... read more
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Trade unions are created to protect the rights of the workers. In democratic South Africa trade unions have the power to guarantee workers... read more
In the 1870s a series of farming associations emerged in the Cape, both in the west and in the east. While both English and Afrikaner... read more
Introduction The National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU) is South Africa's second largest trade union federation with more than 400... read more
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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) was launched in May 1987 at a three-day congress in Crown Mines, Johannesburg.... read more
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Following the South West Africa People’s Organisation’s (SWAPO) consultative congress in 1969-70 in Tanzania, SWAPO wanted to... read more
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The Society of Young Africa (SOYA) held its opening conference on 20th December 1951. Led by I. B. Tabata, SOYA was closely linked to the... read more
UTP was one of the first groups to help form black trade unions, following the PUTCO strike in June 1972. The Laundry and Dry Cleaning... read more
The National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) activists at the University of Cape Town supported African workers through a wage... read more
The Trade Union Advisory and Coordinating Council (TUACC) was formed in October 1973* with the Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and... read more
The Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) was founded in 1973. It organised in the passenger transport, goods transport, stevedores,... read more

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