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South African history timeline:

Below you can find links to lightboxes of images on themes taken directly from the South African Dept of Education's Curriculum and Assessment Policy statement for history in grades 10-12. This list is not exhaustive but provides an overview of the South African historical imagery available through Africa Media Online. Please contact pictures@africamediaonline.com for help in finding the right image.
Early history:
Stone and Iron Age
First Europeans
King Shaka
The emergence of the Zulu nation
Transformation in southern Africa from 1750-1860
1820 settlers
Xhosa heros
Cape-Xhosa Wars on the eastern frontier
Boer trek

Changes in the Zulu kingdom and the Colony of Natal:
Ncome/Blood River battle
Indentured Indian labour

The discovery of gold and diamonds:
Discovery of diamonds
Discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand

Imperialism in South Africa:
Cecil John Rhodes
Paul Kruger
The South African War
Concentration camps
Black and Indian South Africans in the War
The Union of South Africa (1910-1961)
The Land Act 1913

Resistance to apartheid in the 1950s:
Passive resistance (influence of Gandhi)
Defiance Campaign (1952)
Civil protests: various boycotts
Resistance to Bantu Education
Liberal Party (1953)
Congress of the People (1955) and adoption of the Freedom Charter
Black Sash
Women.s March (1956)
Treason trial (1956)

Resistance to apartheid in the 1960s:
Formation of the PAC
Sharpeville (1960)
Armed struggle
State repression in the 1950s and 1960s: Detention without trial: the 90 Day Detention Law (1963); bannings; house arrests
Rivonia Trial and life imprisonment (1964)

Civil society protests 1960s.1980s:
Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM)
The 1976 Soweto Uprising

The crisis of apartheid in the 1980s:
International response to South Africa
The tricameral system
De Klerk and the unbanning of organisations
Release of political prisoners in 1989
Release of Nelson Mandela in 1990

The negotiated settlement:
CODESA I (December 1991)

Breakdown of negotiations:
"Whites only" referendum (March)
Boipatong Massacre (June)
Joe Slovo

Multi-party negotiation process resumes (1993):
Formal multi-party negotiations resumed in April
Murder of Chris Hani (10 April)

Final road to democracy 1994:
Bophuthatswana coup
Inkatha Freedom Party March to Shell House and Shell House Massacre
Freedom Front joins elections
Inkatha Freedom Party joins the elections
27 April elections
Inauguration of Nelson Mandela
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)