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South African Links

These sites are of interest. The Woyingi Blogger does not endorse the content of these sites. Please inform me if any of the links do not work.

South Africa: General

Abahlali baseMjondolo: the South African shackdwellers’ movement

Amandla!: This South African journal provides coverage and analysis of current political, economic, social processes, events and struggles from a radical left perspective

Centre for Conflict Resolution (Cape Town, South Africa)

The South African Association of Canadian Studies (SAACS) is a voluntary, non-profit, interdisciplinary academic organisation. Currently based at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town, it seeks to promote public interest in Canadian Studies, to explore topics of mutual interest to Canadians and South Africans and to support teaching, research and publication related to Canadian Studies in South Africa. SAACS was launched in November 2005 with a keynote address to several hundred people by eminent Canadian John Ralston Saul. Other lectures and events have also drawn interest. The inaugural AGM was held on November 21 2006.

South Africa’s Kwaito Generation: Radio Documentary available online. Kwaito is the sound of the new South Africa — an urban “mix masala” of South African music genres and Western house music and hip hop. It has come to define the generation that came of age after apartheid, that essentially inherited that nation’s young democracy. Inside Out’s Sean Cole travels to South Africa to explore kwaito music and the people who make it.

The Youth Institute exists as a catalyst to bring together youth research and youth practice in South Africa and the developing world for the benefit of youth living in poverty. It bridges the gap between what we know and what we do.

South African Institute of International Affairs: SAIIA has a long and proud record as South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. It is an independent, non-government think-tank whose purpose is to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. It is both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public debate.

South African History

The Apartheid Archives Project is an international research initiative that aims to examine the nature of the experiences of racism of (particularly ‘ordinary’) South Africans under the old apartheid order and their continuing effects on individual and group functioning in contemporary South Africa. The project is fundamentally premised on the understanding that traumatic experiences from the past will constantly attempt to re-inscribe themselves (often in masked form) in the present, if they are not acknowledged, interrogated and addressed. Specifically, we believe that it is important for South African society to review, so as to acknowledge and deal with its past, in order to better manage its present and future.

BBC Archive: Aparteid in South Africa: The political system of apartheid governed every aspect of life in South Africa from 1948 to 1991. In practice, apartheid enforced a racial hierarchy privileging white South Africans and under this system only they had the vote. The programmes and documents illustrate what life was like for ordinary South Africans as well as revealing key moments in the struggle against this political system. The language used to express views on race in these programmes reflects the attitudes inherent in apartheid.

South Africa: Overcoming Aparteid, Building Democracy : Website presents first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this remarkable story.

New African Movement: The website by South African Professor Ntongela Masilela is a historical appraisal of the making of South African modernity across the twentieth century.

No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000 Website

UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives: The Archives provide a unique and often fragile documentary record of South African history and culture, particularly with regard to the apartheid period, the freedom struggle and political imprisonment in South Africa. The Archives are vast, comprising more than 100 000 photographs, 10 000 film and video recordings, 5 000 artefacts from the Island and elsewhere, 2 000 oral history tapes, 2 000 posters as well as 10 000 political cartoons.

South African History Online

South African Literature

Jacana Media: Jacana Media is a groundbreaking and fiercely independent publisher that produces material in the fields of public health, the arts, natural history, fiction, South African history and current affairs, as well as lifeskills and educational material for public and school libraries.

Kwela Books: Kwela Books is a well-known small publisher in South Africa. We specialise in African writing -fiction and non-fiction. Kwela’s main focus is African writing. About 70% of the work we publish is in English, and the rest is in Afrikaans. Our aim is to broaden the scope of Southern African literature, and to document stories that have not yet been told.

Jonathan Ball Publishers: J B Publishers’ mission is to publish books about South Africa which enlighten and entertain. Books of a liberal sanity which pander to neither left nor right nor to clever contemporary fashions in thinking.

Baobab South African Journal of New Writing

LitNet: LitNet is an independent journal on the Internet and a joint venture of Ligitprops 3042 BK and 24.com with Etienne van Heerden as founder-editor. The LitNet Management Committee consists of Etienne van Heerden, professor in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town and Russel Hanley, commercial general Manager of Media24 Digital. There is also an online archive of all texts posted before September 2006.

KZN Literary Tourism :Website profiling writers with connections to the South African Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, includes excerpts from their works

Human Scienes Research Council Press: HSRC Press is South Africa’s open access publisher committed to the dissemination of high quality social science research based publications, in print and electronic form. The Press publishes the research output of the Human Science Research Council and externally authored works. Free e-books available online

South African Theatre

Market Theatre Foundation: The Mission of the Market Theatre Foundation is to create an authentic South African cultural experience which is committed to providing the highest level of artistic excellence in all aspects of the performing and visual arts in which the education and development of a diverse community of artists, audiences and technicians is assured.

Performing Arts Network of South Africa: PANSA is a national network of individuals, NGOs, service providers and mainstream institutions that are engaged in the practice or support of the performing arts (performing arts in all forms – dance, music, theatre, opera, musical theatre).

South African Radio

Bush Radio is Africa’s oldest community radio station project based in Cape Town, South Africa. Visit their website and blog

South African Film

Spirit Sister Productions is a South African Film and Television Production Company committed to creating world-class multimedia products that are authentic, produced with conviction, displaying a high level of integrity. Heather Blumenthal and Thembi Mtshali Jones –two dynamic and professional women from diverse backgrounds, head the company. Collectively the “sisters” have spent many years in the media industry, and gained a huge amount of experience in the different areas of television and corporate production.

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