• 1994

     GOVERNANCE 1994 ELECTION  South Africa held its first democratic election on 27 April 1994. ARTICLE LINK...

  • 1995

    South Africa wins the Rugby World Cup The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. It was hosted and won by South Africa, and was the first Rugby World Cup in which every match was held in one country. The World Cup was the first major sporting event to take

  • 1996

    Bafana Bafana host and win the AFCON 1996 Bafana Bafana's place at the African Nations Cup finals was assured when the country hosted the tournament. Unde

  • 1997

    The 50th conference of the African National Congress (ANC) held in December 1997 in the North West Province town of Mafikeng has been billed as the conference of the "changing of the guard." The town of Mafikeng has two claims to fame in South African history

  • 1998

    The TRC published its controversial final report on October 29, 1998, and submitted it to then-president Nelson Mandela. Leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) objected to charges that it had tortured and sometimes killed suspected informants during i

  • 1999

    Seconds after Mandela's deputy, Thabo Mbeki, took the oath of office, the two men locked hands above their heads as more than 50,000 spectators and another 4,000 invited guests erupted in applause. From the stage of the ornate Union Buildings, seat of South Africa's government, the 80-ye

  • 2000

    The 13th International AIDS Conference held in Durban from 9 � 14 July 2000 presented a very important opportunity to focus on HIV/AIDS in the developing world, as South Africa was the first developing country to host the Conference. It also demonstrated clearly that South Africa is capa

  • 2001

    The 2001 World Conference against Racism (WCAR), also known as Durban I, was held at the Durban International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa, under UN auspices, from 31 August to 8 September 2001. The conference dealt with several controversial issues, including compen

  • 2002

    Shuttleworth gained worldwide fame on 25 April 2002 as the second self-funded spaceflight participant. Working with Space Adventures, he launched aboard the Russian Soyuz TM-34 mission, paying approximately US$ 20 million for the voyage. Two days later, the S

  • 2003

    South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2003, and entered the tournament with high hopes of becoming the first nation to win cricket's biggest event on home soil. Unfortunately for the home fans, the Proteas disappointed and failed to reach the Super Sixes stage

  • 2004

    Gold Medals for SA at the Athens Olympics The team of Roland Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, simultaneously breaking the world record in t

  • 2005

    Tsotsi wins Oscar The South African movie Tsotsi won an Oscar tonight in the Best Foreign Movie category. Tsotsi is set in Soweto, one of South Africa's notoriously crime-ridden townships just outside of Johannesburg. Tsotsi (which means "thug" in t

  • 2006

    Nelson Mandela is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who guided South Africa from apartheid to democracy and became the country's first black president in 1994. He received Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award in 2006

  • 2007

    South Africa win the Rugy World Cup In a very exciting game, South Africa got their second World Cup title, by reaching a 15-6 win over defending champions England in a dour final where all

  • 2008

    Natalie du Toit Qualifies for Beijing Olympics On 3 May, 2008, Du Toit qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics after finishing fourth in the 10km open water race at the Open Water World Championships in Seville, Spain. Her time was only 5.1 seconds

  • 2009

    The first Mandela Day is organised on Nelson Mandela's 91st Birthday The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009,[2] with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010.

  • 2010

    South Africa Hosts the 2010 worldcup South Africa will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the first in the history of world football's governing body to be held in Africa  

  • 2011

    There are 51.8 million people living in South Africa In October South Africa conducted their third censcus since the advent of democracy in 1994. Undertaking a census is a massive exercise and involves collecting, compiling, and analysing demographic, economic and soc

  • 2012

    South Africa's Chad le Clos stunned 200 metres butterfly king Michael Phelps in London on Tuesday night, snatching gold to end the American legend's attempt to win a third successive Olympic title in his signature event. P

  • 2013

    Mandela movie 'Long Walk To Freedom' gets South Africa premiere It was decades in the making but the long-awaited film based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography is finally here. Starrin

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255x180Bust of Madiba to Be Unveiled at Parliament to Mark Freedom Day, 20 Years of a Democratic Parliament

Parliament, Saturday 12 April 2014 – Parliament will unveil a bust of former President Nelson Mandela at Parliament on 28 April.

Parliament’s Presiding Officers - National Assembly Speaker Mr Max Sisulu, Deputy Speaker Ms NomaIndiya Mfeketo, National Council of Provinces Chairperson Mr Mninwa Mahlangu and Deputy Chairperson Ms Thandi Memela - and about 1 000 Members and guests will be present for the unveiling.

The bust – in bronze on a granite plinth – depicts a dignified, serene Mandela, smiling slightly and looking out over Stalplein to the Parliament gates leading to Plein Street, opposite the steps of the National Assembly building.

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LungeloThe Department of Arts and Culture is calling on South Africans to mark this Freedom Friday with a SELFIE that shows them wearing anything that makes them feel proudly South African.

“We have reason to celebrate our achievements since1994. Our country still faces challenges, but together we can work towards a shared and prosperous future. With less than two weeks to go before the 27th of April 2014, as part of the celebration, let us wear and show off our pride in being South African,” Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said.

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In 2014 South Africa will celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy.  This momentous occasion presents an opportunity for us to reflect on how our freedom and democracy were achieved; the progress we have made the past 20 years; and on how South Africans will work together to implement Vision 2030.

•Our Constitution lays the basis for the construction of a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, united and prosperous society based on justice, equality, the rule of law and the inalienable human rights of all.

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Foreword by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile

27 April 2014, will see our country celebrate twenty years of freedom and democracy. This milestone gives all South Africans an opportunity to reflect on the road we have travelled in the last two decades.  We accept that a lot more still needs to be done to build the kind of society envisaged at the time of our liberation; we equally make the point that; the South Africa of today is far much better than it was in 1994. 

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Freedom Fridays

The countdown to the 20th anniversary of South Africa's freedom and democracy officially began on Friday with the launch of the Freedom Fridays campaign - a call on all citizens to "wear anything that makes them feel proudly South African each Friday".South Africans will celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy on 27 April 2014. The day will mark two decades since South Africans of all races voted in the country's first free and fair election, ushering in a new democratic dispensation.

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South African Flag

The national flag was designed by the Bureau of heraldry, and was first used on 27 April 1994. The design and colours are a synopsis of principal elements of the country's flag history. Individual colours, or colour combinations have different meanings for different people and therefore no universal symbolism should be attached to any of the colours.

The central design of the flag, beginning

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