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The library of the African Studies Centre Leiden is a research library, which is also open to the general public. The library consists of a digital and a paper library. The digital library gives access to an unlimited number of publications, the paper library holds 91,000 books about and from Africa, 90,000 journal articles and 1,700 films on DVD.

Sol Plaatje (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)On 19 June 1932, South African intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje died of pneumonia at Pimville, Johannesburg. Plaatje was a founder member and first General Secretary of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), which became the African National Congress (ANC). The Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, which includes the city of Kimberley, is named after him, as is the Sol Plaatje University in that city, which opened its doors in 2014. Read more



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