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Poisoned Pasts: legacies of SA's chemical and biological warfare programme
Date: 6 October 2016
Time: 17h00 - 19h30
Venue: Nelson Mandela Foundation, 107 Central Street, Houghton, Map

Join the ISS and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the launch of an extraordinary exhibition that tells the story of Project Coast – apartheid South Africa’s secret chemical and biological warfare programme.

Using powerful visual reportage, historical documents and meticulously researched commentary, the exhibition sets facts and testimony against contested and conflicting accounts. Poisoned Pasts puts visitors in the position of the investigator, encouraging new ideas, critical thinking and revised perspectives on South Africa’s history.

Journalists are invited to view the exhibition during the two days before the launch.

Chair: Sello Hatang, Chief Executive, Nelson Mandela Foundation


  • Rev Frank Chikane, former Director General of the Presidency of South Africa 
  • Chandre Gould, Senior Research Fellow, ISS

Picture: ©Eric Miller

This event is made possible with support from The British Academy and The Economic and Social Research Council. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Nelson Mandela Foundation
107 Central Street
Ethel Arends
Phone: +27 11 547 5600
Lee Davies
Phone: +27 11 547 5600
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