Image: Memorial of the tragic Hector Pieterson by Nagarjun Kandukuru on Flickr

Apartheid was a legislated system of racial segregation introduced in South Africa in 1948. Apartheid was finally abolished in 1994 after increasing internal strife and international pressure. These online resources cover the history of the Apartheid era. SCIS 1698024

See also: Nelson Mandela

BBC Archive-Apartheid
A large collection of interviews, documentaries and documents related to the Apartheid era, from the BBC Archives.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

South African History Online
This website is collaboration between universities and the South Africa Government. The website covers history of the country from early African settlement up to the present day. Has a section for schools on the Apartheid era.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Website of Apartheid Museum situated in Johannesburg
Has exhibits related to apartheid as well as its history.  Visitors to this museum receive an entry ticket which classifies you by race.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Official website for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was set up in 1994 as a system of restorative justice for both perpetrators and victims of the Apartheid system. Contains transcripts of all the submissions to the Commission, plus reports and rulings of the Commission.

Suggested level: secondary

African National Congress
Best known as the political party, led by Nelson Mandela which came into power after the abolition of Apartheid. This website covers the history of the ANC from its establishment in 1912 up to the present day.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Useful site for multimedia record of New Zealand’s involvement in the international protests against Apartheid including the 1981 Springbok Tour.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term ‘Apartheid’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.


Student Resources in Context database is the best place to start for an overview of Apartheid including its current status. If your emphasis is historical begin with World History in Context. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought of using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you) to read and enjoy.

The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay (Junior fiction edition)
Lucky Fish, by Reviva Schermbrucker (YA fiction)

Apartheid explained, YouTube 2.57

Apartheid 46 years in 90 second, BBC News YouTube 1.34