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    History and Democracy

    UNISA held a Naming ceremony for the Robert Sobukwe and Solomon Mahlangu Building on 24 April 2014. Robert Sobukwe and Solomon Mahlangu, the two different struggle activists left an indelible mark on the South African socio-political landscape. They joined a list of stalwarts that UNISA has saluted through its building remaining policy. The policy is dedicated to preserving the names and histories of individuals whose efforts during the struggle against apartheid laid a foundation for the freedom that South Africans enjoy today.
    Deputy Chief Justice of the RSA delivered the keynote address which was followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion. The panel of historians from leading educational organisations such as MISTRA, SADET and the SOMAFCO Trust reflected on how our history informs the shaping of our democracy today. 
    Dr Thembeka Mufamadi, (a proud UNISA alumni), representing MISTRA focused on the importance of public history  as illustrated in the street renaming, such as Schoeman to Frances Baard. She asserted that street and place naming engrave the historical consciousness of South Africans who encounter these national markers in their daily lives.The event was broadcasted on Freedom Day, April the 27th via UNISA webcast.

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