South African Society for History Teaching



The South African Society for History Teaching was formally established in 1986. It first held national conferences on a bi-annual basis and as it grew the conferences became annual. Yesterday & Today (founded in 1981) is the Society’s journal.

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SASHT Executive Committee

Marj Brown (President)


As president of SASHT, a lot of my role is overseeing the different portfolios. We have moved the bank account to Kimberley where our treasurer Raymond Nkwenti Fru is based. The portfolios have been designated, and the mailing list cleaned up. The latter has now been linked to the new website, and hopefully communication with members will be improved. There is now a link to a facebook page, and we hope to upload useful resources for teachers on the website. The conference this year is hosted by Stellenbosch University and we look forward to papers form anyone involved in History teaching in SA.

Johan Wassermann (Yesterday & Today editor-in-chief)

I am Professor Johan Wassermann of the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria. As editor-in-chief of Yesterday & Today, an accredited journal hosted by the University of Pretoria and on the Scielo platform it is my duty, along with the editorial board, to see to it that the journal appears in July and December of every year. Yesterday & Today consist of two sections - a section for academic articles which are reviewed in a double blind manner and a section dealing with the practical experiences of History educators and learners.

Byron Bunt

(IT coordinator)


My personal goal for the SASHT for this year will be to deliver a world class website, keeping all our members up to date on any and all announcements pertaining to the development of History teachers. I also aim to boost our numbers using the Facebook social media presence. The key to gaining long term membership is to attract several young up and coming History teachers, and I aim to achieve that goal as IT coordinator.

Mahunele Thotse (Education department liaison coordinator)

Marshall and I determined to start by finding ways to engage history facilitators and other academics (including tutors) within our reach. The idea is that for us to make meaning to the department at national level, we should have accessed them at local level. We have already started that in our provinces (Limpopo and KZN) and hopefully this will expand to other provinces. Our conviction was that there is need for a membership drive. It is our intention to find out first if the provinces in which we reside have programmes that they would like us to collaborate on. It is important that they be given agency and not dictate and most importantly it will be a success if we could set up communication channels with the history teachers in the provinces.



Marshall Maposa

(Vice president)


I will be working with Mahunele Thotse to liaise with the Department of Education. We, however, recognise that in order for us to be taken seriously by the department, we need to show significant membership statistics. We will, therefore, find ways of engaging history teachers, subject advisors and other academics (including tutors) within our reach. We will start the process in provinces that we already have easier access to, and hopefully expand to other provinces. We will work on identifying active regional representatives who will help us in this drive. 

Kirstin Kukard

(Resource coordinator and developer)


SASHT is seeking to grow its reach by providing resources for teachers. As a starting point, we aim to build on the conference proceedings from 2021 and help teachers translate these ideas into their classroom practice. As we face the prospect of changes to the history curriculum, we feel that the time is right to strengthen networks of teachers in their efforts to teach history in an engaging and thoughtful way. We want to work with teachers and teacher trainers to develop high-quality resources. We also want to provide a platform for existing resources and highlight potential partnerships with museums and heritage sites. If you would like to be a part of this process, please let me know at

Raymond Nkwenti Fru (Treasurer)


I occupy the portfolio of treasurer in the South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT). My portfolio plays a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management in the association. In 2022, I will work very closely with the president of SASHT to ensure that there is clear and accurate record keeping as well as reporting of finances. Together with colleagues in the executive team, we are going to explore different avenues to raise funds to carry out our envisaged projects. All these will enhance our trust and credibility as an association and hopefully attract relevant stakeholders to join our ranks.

Gill Sutton (Secretary)



Apart from the SASHT’s connection with the Bielefeld University in West Germany from 1990, no other international connection is recalled. Prof. Jörn Rüsen from this University in 1990 delivered the key address at the SASHT (RAU) conference on historical education in a multicultural society. His plea was for identifying a common identity to establish a national identity. With his extraordinary input The Georg Eckhardt Institute supported South Africa’s history financially (as part of their activities worldwide). They assisted by helping societies like the SASHT in bridging the gap between differences. As specialists in textbook analysis they certainly played an important role in ensuring a multiple perspective. The organising of such an international association and liaison could be regarded as an effort by the SASHT executive to operate as a society that is all-inclusive and to which the majority of educators should belong.

Sense of Community, Identity and Memory


From the discussions in Yesterday and Today and at SASHT conferences it can be concluded that the Society always proved to be informed on the newest trends and prepared to debate issues that created concern. The history curriculum (old, new, interim, and newly-developed) always gave rise to debate. Similarly, historical consciousness, the influence of ideologies and the value of political literacy were always critically assessed and/or debated. In 1992, for example, Yesterday and Today (as SASHT mouthpiece) raised its concern and doubts about the new curriculum suggestions that the DoE intended to phase in as Social Studies. The defending of history as independent, autonomous and essential subject in any school curriculum can be traced in the Journal since then.



There shall be constituted a body known as the SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR HISTORY TEACHING (SASHT).

The provisions herein contained shall be known as the Constitution of the Society, which provisions may be altered by a majority of those members present at a general meeting of members, considering that:

  • the precise terms of any proposed alteration shall be set out in the notice convening the meeting;
  • the purpose and objects of the Society shall not be altered without the consent of 66% of all the members.