Mayibuye Project

Mayibuye Project

South Africa, Apartheid, and the Archives

South Africa today is largely different from the South Africa of the generations before us. The apartheid government controlled black settlement, movement and labor through its laws from 1948 until the country’s first democratic election in the early 1990s. The Mayibuye Archive, located at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, includes documents from the liberation movement. It is one of the largest archives in the country that show the country’s struggle.

The students from the University of Missouri visited the archive to learn more about the struggle and do journalism to promote these historic documents. It is one step further in the relationship between the University of Missouri and the University of Western Cape that accounts for the oldest ever relationship between universities in history.

 

During Apartheid

The Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in South Africa - By Kiara Ealy The struggle for LGBTQ rights is tied to The Struggle for a free South Africa. Kiara Ealy, a graduate student from the Missouri School of Journalism, created this video to show the fight towards LGBTQ rights and their eventual incorporation of the South African Bill of Rights—all through Read More
Mobilizing Society: How South Africans Challenge a Culture of Dependency - By Tatiana Darie  & Luke Brodarick When Nelson Mandela was released from 27 years in prison in 1990, there was hope for the end to the struggle that so many were forced to live through in black townships in South Africa. With the fall of apartheid, the system designed to Read More
Personal Story: Abubaker Brown -   By Sarah Darby Abubaker Brown, a tour guide at the District Six Museum, has happy memories from growing up in the area. He lived in District Six for more than 20 years of his life, until he and his family were forced from their homes during apartheid. Brown’s great Read More

After Apartheid

The Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in South Africa - By Kiara Ealy The struggle for LGBTQ rights is tied to The Struggle for a free South Africa. Kiara Ealy, a graduate student from the Missouri School of Journalism, created this video to show the fight towards LGBTQ rights and their eventual incorporation of the South African Bill of Rights—all through Read More
Today’s Challenges: A Post-Apartheid Era - By Linly Lin Nine students from the University of Missouri visited South Africa in May 2015. Linly Lin, a graduate student in journalism, produced this video that looks into the biggest challenges South Africa faces in the post-apartheid era.  
The Transformative Journalist - by Elizabeth Tharakan On a Friday afternoon in July 15-year-old Muofhe Ndadza was caught by two young boys in ill-fitting clothes she had stolen from a house in Tshilapfene, a village in Thohoyandou, Limpopo. She had no idea of the physical and emotional nightmare she was about to endure. The Read More

Mandela Moments

In every interview, the university students asked what the interviewee’s favorite “Mandela Moment” was. We heard intimate stories from Mandela’s bodyguard, his fellow activists and the Australian photographer that took the leader’s last pictures.

MU and the University of Western Cape

The Story of the University of Missouri South Africa Exchange Program

Starting in 1986, the University of Missouri South Africa Education Program was the first academic partnership between an American university and a non-White South African university during the apartheid era. The University of Missouri pursued this partnership as a way to build something positive after divesting from American companies doing business in South Africa. They chose the University of the Western Cape because of their commitment to the struggle against apartheid. In the nearly 30 years of the partnership, the two Universities have worked together on projects that have expanded our understanding of the world.

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