This article is a continuation of part 1, which looked at the history of seven of South Africa’s famous chiefs and kings that ruled various kingdoms before and at the start of colonialism in the Southern African region. Let’s take a look at the next seven kings and chiefs that fought for the kingdoms’ survival, […]Read more "The history of South Africa’s chiefs and kings (part 2)"
Africa was home to some of the world’s greatest kingdoms. These include ancient Egypt, the Axum empire, which was in modern-day northern Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the Mali empire, which was in West Africa. These kingdoms left an indelible mark on the world, contributing meaningfully to societal, educational, political, economic and military systems. South Africa […]Read more "The history of South Africa’s chiefs and kings (part 1)"
South Africa’s long walk to freedom began as soon as colonialism descended on the country’s shores. The Khoi and San tribes that lived in Southern Africa played their part in defending their communities against the injustices of colonialism. Here’s a brief history of some of the prominent Khoi and other leaders who fought against oppressive […]Read more "History of Leaders Who Fought Against Colonial Injustices of the Khoi"
Over 4 billion years ago, scientists say the earth was a ball of burning gas spinning through space. Super-heated gases could escape into space at first. However, as the planet cooled, gravity held the gases together to form the early atmosphere. It took millions of years for the first masses of land to appear after […]Read more "A trip to the Cradle of Humankind in Johannesburg"
The formation of a political system and the structuring of society on the foundation of racial segregation started long before the formal introduction of apartheid in South Africa. The ideology of having a separate society was introduced in 1910 with the Union of South Africa by Barry Hertzog, who was a Boer general during the […]Read more "A visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg"
The Women’s Jail at Old Fort Prison in Johannesburg was as violent and degrading on human dignity as the male prison. Officials at Old Fort denied Black, Indian, and Coloured prisoners adequate sanitary pads, and rationed food according to race. They also enforced harsh labour and punishment for dissent on these groups of prisoners. Apartheid […]Read more "Take a Walk Through Constitution Hill in Johannesburg (Part 2)"
Former South African President Paul Kruger built Old Fort Prison in 1893. He did this as a way to deal with rising crime in the mining town of Johannesburg. In 1896 after the Jameson raid by the British military, the prison became a military fort for the British. After much fighting over the fort during […]Read more "Take a Walk Through Constitution Hill in Johannesburg (Part 1)"