South Africa was built on mining, and its mines were built on migrant workers. Millions of black men across southern Africa were forced by economic circumstance and taxes to travel to the city of gold, leaving their families at home. Here they toiled long hours underground in dangerous conditions. Wits Art Museum lays bare their lives.
Justice Sachs has been recognised for his lifetime devotion to justice and the rule of law as well as his contribution to human rights around the world, by the Tang Prize Foundation. It said his views, of integration while preserving diversity, offered significant inspiration for other societies.
Abigail Kubeka, with a voice as strong and clear as it was four decades ago, shares her memories of times spent celebrating with former president and fan, Nelson Mandela. "Forever I will remember him saying, 'Oooh Abigail', whenever we sang one of his personal favourites."
A lack of unity among the children of today is striking for Antoinette Sithole. Back in 1976 children supported one another; now they do drugs, get pregnant, "and they don't take a stand. They are living in another world."
Fifty years ago Nelson Mandela began serving a life sentence for sabotage and treason on Robben Island. His time in prison, he said, "matured me", taking him from radical activist, to stately leader.
The Blue Notes and the Brotherhood of Breath made music that broke political and social barriers; they made music that helped liberate the country. Music was the healing force of the universe, they believed. "The political disease… needed music to heal it."