“The miracle that is South Africa.” This was the expression used by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to describe South Africa. How then do you even begin to compile a book that not only encapsulates a country with so many mixed cultures, extreme diversities and a deep-rooted history, but also portrays the magnitude of this miracle? When you stop to think about it, it truly is a miracle and South Africa stands proud as a role model to the rest of the world. What we tend to overlook is that change is not an event but a process and our democracy is still young. Like a teenager growing up needs to work through the challenges of everyday life, so South Africa needs time to develop and mature. Whilst these challenges often dominate conversations and perceptions, let us not overlook the joy and accomplishments of this nation.
The road to democracy has been long slow and hard, but most certainly one to celebrate!
- 1488 - The first white man stakes his claim at Mossell Bay.
- 1808 – 150 years of slavery in the cape comes to an end.
- 1893 – Ghandi arrives and stirs the resistance against discrimination.
- 1910 – Black people denied the vote when the Boer and British colonies form the Union of South Africa.
- 1912 – ANC formed to campaign for black rights.
- 1913 – Africans are restricted to buying land within designated reserves.
- 1927 – Immorality act prohibits sexual relations between whites and other races.
- 1930 – White women celebrate when they get the right to vote.
- 1948 – national Party comes into power and implements Apartheid.
- 1950 – Resistance gains momentum with the first national day of protest.
- 1955 – Freedom Charter adopted by the congress of the people.
- 1955 – Women show their strength as 20 000 march to the union buildings.
- 1960 – Things turn ugly at the protest against pass laws in Sharpeville.
- 1966 – The architect of the Apartheid prime minister Verwoerd is assassinated.
- 1976 – The you make a stand against the compulsory teaching of Afrikaans in black schools, and win.
- 1983 – The first inkling of the change as Coloureds and Indians are given the vote in the separate houses of parliament.
- 1990 - Freedom reigns as Mandela is released from prison.
- 1922 – Nearly 70% of the whites vote in favour of ending white minority rule.
- 1994 – South African flag flies for a united South Africa.
- 1994 – South Africa stands proud as the Rainbow Nation
This poster is available for purchase from Awesome SA on their website – Road To Democracy poster size A3.