South African History Online

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South African History Online , SAHO for short, is a non-governmental organization for the processing and popularization of the history of South Africa and related topics. Your website is the largest project of its kind in South Africa .


SAHO was founded in June 2000 by the South African trade unionist , historian and documentary photographer Omar Badsha (* 1945). According to SAHO, it was founded to counter the bias towards the history of South Africa among the population groups .

SAHO has been holding the Mafika Gwala Lecture together with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the National Institute of Humanities and Social Science since 2015 .

In 2017 Badsha was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch , and in April 2018 he received the Order of Ikhamanga in silver for his commitment .


SAHO sees itself as a non-partisan project to come to terms with South African history. It is recognized as a non-profit organization. She sees the website as a “flagship”. SAHO sees itself as a supporter of democracy and strives for a just society without racism . The content presented on the website should be offered free of charge.

SAHO is led by a board . Chairman is Mawlana Muhammed Ashraf Ebrahim Dockrat. The seven members include Omar Badsha and the writer Mandla Langa . The headquarters are in Cape Town . is the country's most extensive history website. For the most part, the articles are written by a small number of researchers, mainly supported by academics from universities in Germany and abroad. Contributions from users, such as reports on experiences from the apartheid period, are expressly encouraged. According to its own description, the website contains over 3,300 articles on historical events and around 6,000 biographies (as of 2018). In the same year, the number of unique users was given as around six million, and articles were clicked on around twelve million times. The annual growth rate has been around 35 percent since 2010. Radio and television stations at home and abroad use the website daily, according to SAHO's own description. Research is being carried out, among other things, on the Lives of Courage series , in which anti- apartheid fighters are portrayed. A research project serves to evaluate the role of art in the anti-apartheid struggle. The topics covered include the history of culture and sports, and the other projects include the Online History Classroom Project aimed at schools . Other areas of Africa are also covered thematically .

The project is funded from a variety of sources. In the past, this included De Beers , the British Council and the Department of Arts and Culture (for example: "South African Ministry of Arts and Culture"). In 2018, it included the Standard Bank and the National Lotteries Commission . Smaller donations are also raised.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h About us. (English), accessed on November 29, 2018
  2. Mafika Pascal Gwala annual lecture., accessed November 29, 2018
  3. ^ SU to honor foremost thought leaders., accessed November 29, 2018
  4. ^ The Presidency: Mr Omar Badsha., accessed November 29, 2018
  5. Harry Gwala Lecture hosted at UKZN. (English), accessed November 29, 2018