Remembering Langa and Nyanga – March, 1960

Unzima Lomthwalo Ufuna Madoda[1] [Extracted from The Cape Town Book by Nechama Brodie] In April 1959, a breakaway group of the ANC, under the leadership of Robert Sobukwe, formed the political party known as the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). At the time, black political activity in the western Cape was largely overshadowed by events taking […]

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The Mutiny on the Meermin

Nechama’s note: This edited extract originally appeared in my history of Cape Town, The Cape Town Book (Struik). As I explain, below, the text was written by a history student named Andrew Alexander who tragically passed away after a motorbike accident several years ago. I received permission from the university to include some of his […]

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Notes on a City (View from the Book Fair)

Last weekend I joined a panel of smart city people at the South African Book Fair, to talk about the notion of a post-apartheid Johannesburg – under the title ‘Future Perfect’. The other members of the panel were David Everatt, former head of the powerhouse Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), and about to take up the […]

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