The lingering, unspoken pain of white youth who fought for apartheid

Theresa Edlmann, University of South Africa The legacies of apartheid in South Africa can only be understood by making sense of the complexities of the past. This includes recognising what those who were young during the apartheid era – and who are now the elders and leaders of our society – experienced during that time. …

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The story of East Africa’s role in the transatlantic slave trade

Patrick Harries, University of Basel Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in Africa. Our foundation essays are longer than usual and take a wider look at key issues. The recent discovery of the remains of the Portuguese slave ship São José off Cape Town has brought …

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Book Review: ‘Reader’s Digest Illustrated History of South Africa’

(This book review was originally published in the New York City Tribune on Wednesday, August 2, 1989, before the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the legalization of anti-apartheid political groups such as the ANC, and five years before South Africa’s first multiracial, democratic elections.) RICHARD SINCERE An Outstanding Work Condemned to Obsolescence by …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 25 June 2015

Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle, by Jacob Dlamini Release Date: June 25, 2015 Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd ‘Comrade September’, a member of the ANC and its military wing, MK, was abducted from his hideout in Swaziland by South African security forces in August 1986 and taken …

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New Africa Book of the Day – 23 June 2015

The Mind of the African Strongman: Conversations with Dictators, Statesmen, and Father Figures, by Herman J. Cohen Release Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: VELLUM With The Mind of the African Strongman, Herman J. Cohen, career ambassador and former Assistant Secretary of State, takes a look at what has helped and what has hindered economic development …

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