In 1962, the leader of the newly formed Mkhonto we Sizwe (MK) was the apartheid government’s most wanted man and Nelson Mandela was moving around the country in secret. He was so elusive that the media had dubbed him the “Black Pimpernel”.
The annual HASA symposium /conference is an important occasion for our members and branches to gather to network and renew our commitment to heritage. The symposium/ conference brings us together for our Annual General meeting and is a vital platform to discuss objectives, activism and plans. It aims to grow awareness and wider participation in heritage.
Julia Blackburn, an acclaimed British writer, has chosen to write about the /Xam or as she describes them 'a Bushman or Bushmen group', hunter gatherers who inhabited the Karoo or 'the whole of the central interior of South Africa' hundreds of years ago. They were a people of movement who lived in harmony with the natural environment.
For the first 40 years or so of its existence Alexandra was administered by the Alexandra Health Committee from its building. It was also home to the Peri-Urban Health Board, which managed Alex from 1958 – 1973.