Freedom Struggle

Gauteng was an important centre of the freedom struggle against apartheid. It is here that the Sharpeville massacre; the 1976 Soweto riots; as well as the Rivonia trial, in which many struggle leaders, including Nelson Mandela, were sent to jail for more than 20 years, took place.

Today, these and other important events in the struggle against apartheid are shown in the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg.

Overview

Overview

The history of Gauteng can be traced back to the early 1800s, when settlers from the Cape defeated...

Cullinan Diamond

Cullinan Diamond

Cullinan Diamond. In 1905 at Cullinan, a town just outside Pretoria, the huge Cullinan Diamond was...

Sophiatown

Sophiatown

Sophiatown had been in the government's cross-hairs since before World War II. Until the '50s,...

Sharpeville

Sharpeville

Gauteng was an important centre of the freedom struggle against apartheid. It is here that...

Soweto

Soweto

Soweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for "South Western...

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