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6 days ago
SS Mendi - one of SA's most heart-wrenching tragedies
SS Mendi - one of SA's most heart-wrenching tragedies

Carrying well over 800 servicemen, the majority of whom were black South Africans, the SS Mendi sank to the icy depths of ...

6 days ago
SS Mendi: Fallen SA soldiers commended for their bravery
SS Mendi: Fallen SA soldiers commended for their bravery

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said South Africans had many lessons to learn from the sinking of the SS Mendi at a ceremony in England.

13 days ago
'My ancestor started our family struggle for freedom'
'My ancestor started our family struggle for freedom'

Isaac Dyobha, the pastor who calmed the men as they faced certain death in the English Channel, is perhaps the best known of all the Mendi victims.

13 days ago
Sacrifice and the burden on governments to remember their veterans
Sacrifice and the burden on governments to remember their veterans

Paulina Buyeye-Mohale's great-uncle Selaelo Daniel Maredi didn’t perish when the SS Mendi sank, but he may as well have.

13 days ago
Honouring South Africa’s unique troika of heroes
Honouring South Africa’s unique troika of heroes

Shaun Booth is organising the commemoration of the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917, which led to the loss of 616 SA servicemen, 607 of them black.

20 days ago
Anatomy of a tragedy
Anatomy of a tragedy

On February 21, 1917, cargo ship Darro rammed into the SS Mendi in the English Channel.

20 days ago
Tito Mboweni - haunted by memory of his grandfather
Tito Mboweni - haunted by memory of his grandfather

The story of the SS Mendi and the men who perished has fascinated Tito Mboweni since he was a child.

20 days ago
An award for courage for all time
An award for courage for all time

The Order of Mendi for Bravery was established on November 30, 2003, as the premium award for bravery in South Africa.

20 days ago
This one survived, but for him the war was over
This one survived, but for him the war was over

Colour Sergeant Fitzclarence Jarvis Fitzpatrick was lucky: 616 of his fellow soldiers aboard the SS Mendi and all 31 crew perished.