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Carer swims for Bob the Green Turtle

After being discovered with a belly full of plastic waste, Bob has become an ocean ambassador

Rivonia trial veteran Andrew Mlangeni dies

The anti-apartheid struggle veteran was the last remaining defendant of the historic 1963-1964 trial

De Klerk’s paradoxical presence

Although leaders of the reconciliation era accept South Africa's last white president, younger politicians are not as forgiving

Robben Island joins list of 20 new protected marine sites in South Africa

A new network of 20 sites have been declared as marine protected areas in South Africa

Motsamai journeys from prison to Parliament

The newly sworn-in delegate was only recently released from Boksburg prison and is on parole after serving almost 28 years behind bars

Top 10 things to do in Cape Town in just 24 hours

"Cape Town is a charming but tumultuous melting pot of culture, people and weather."

Veronica Sobukwe’s guiding ethos

Robert Sobukwe's wife was an activist, and she looked after the children while he was incarcerated

Robben Island bones require a deeper dig

It has more than a 500-year history as a trading post, a leper colony and an island had also been used to house banished religious leaders.

SA needs a leader of Sobukwe’s calibre

He had moral authority and integrity, and believed that land was at the heart of his fight for liberation

100 Years of the Mandela effect

Panel concludes we must learn from Madiba, instead of blaming him for our shortcomings

The doctor and his ‘subversive surgery’

'Chota Motala: A Biography of Political Activism in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands' recounts the doctor’s role in shaping politics

A UDF activist remembers Winnie

'She was the mouthpiece unofficially for whatever was happening inside [Robben Island]'

‘There is no power on earth that can compare with religion’

Sello Hatang, the chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation says Madiba was fiercely private about his religious convictions.

A comrade rises – before the fall

T​here was a time long ago, and not so long ago, when Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma represented the potential the liberation of an oppressed people held.

Toivo ya Toivo was more than a Namibian hero

“'We are Namibians, and not South Africans,' he told the Supreme Court during his trial in Pretoria in 1967-1968"

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