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

screen-shot-2015-01-18-at-12-45-09-pm South Africa’s Educational System - Educational system played critical role in overcoming apartheid By: Stephanie Ebbs When students at the University of Western Cape arrived at the gate to protest the police we already waiting. “The police would come and say ‘you have five minutes to disperse’,” said Llewellyn MacMaster, who was chairperson of the Read More
scale~2048x1xcanscaleup~lookingoff-1407547608-24 Spying on Apartheid’s Bomb - Espionage, nuclear secrets, and the struggle for a democratic South Africa Elliott Stam, Photography by Stephanie Ebbs and Articles made available by the Mayibuye Archives Renfrew Christie On the morning of Renfrew Christie’s trial he looked past a set of iron jail cell bars to see the newspaper photograph held Read More
1 b-z9JAgkb6lYM4bPehe2iw Race, jazz and alcohol: Jürgen Schadeberg’s South Africa - By: Kevin Drew Cape Town – For Jürgen Schadeberg, jazz riffs, political activism and nights at “shebeens” – impromptu venues where liquor is sold illegally and then downed at a frenetic pace – score the soundtrack of South Africa. Music, politics and alcohol frequently were stirred into one pot in Read More

After Apartheid

screen-shot-2015-01-18-at-2-29-31-pm Political Prisoners - By: Stephanie Ebbs “Robben Island was a prison for political dissidents. It was not on any maps of Cape Town, despite being visible from high altitudes in the area. It was a place you were sent to disappear.” Political prisoners were resilient despite mistreatment under apartheid In the limestone quarry Read More
scale~2048x1xcanscaleup~zenzelecrec-1406945909-14 Black Diamonds - By: Elliott Stam Cape Town is a city of contrast. Heavy fogs drift over the coastal metropolis in the early hours, only to retreat after an ample dose of South African sunshine. Hot days taper off into chilly nights; raindrops meet the sunlight to form arcing rainbows. Parallels can be 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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