- 1960-1962 (Creation)
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NUSAS was founded in 1924 at Grey's College, Bloemfontein. During the twenties and thirties a debate raged over whether or not students had a political role to play in society.
In 1945 the first black campus was admitted to NUSAS leading to a walkout by the Afrikaans Campuses. The State clampdown in the early sixties left NUSAS as one of the few organisations who were mobilising opposition against apartheid.
Beyers Naude was the honorary president of NUSAS and Helen Joseph was fondly known as the 'Grandmother of NUSAS'. NUSAS was not only concerned as an organisation with representing students in the political arena. It also concentrated on issues which affected students on a daily basis
NUSAS operated on a national level drawing students of diverse backgrounds and concerns together. By 1990 the Students' Representative Councils on all the 'liberal' campuses were affiliated to NUSAS. NUSAS was also represented through a Local Committee at Stellenbosch University and it had made contact with progressive organisations at the Universities of Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and RAU.
NUSAS was replaced by a non-racial student's organisation, The South African National Students Congress (SANSCO) in the early nineties
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The issues, starting at the beginning of 1960 - September 1962, were transferred from the Education Library to Historical Papers in 2015.
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The newsletter "Now and Then" was published by the local committee of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) at the Johannesburg College of Education, and later became the official newspaper of the Johannesburg College of Education.
Included are the following issues:
First - Third issue 1960 and 12 October 1960
March, April, May, August, November 1961
April and September 1962