- July 1962-March 1963 (Creation)
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The publication 'Spark' was an independent newspaper, but socialist aligned and supported by the Communist Party of South Africa, between 1962-1963.
Initially published as 'The Guardian' from 1937, the newspaper was banned and harassed several times and published under different names, including 'Advance' and 'New Age', and later 'Spark from 1962 until it was finally closed in 1963. Its contributers were harassed, banned, jailed and exiled. Some of its journalists included Brian Bunting, MP Naicker, Fred Carneson, Govan Mbeki and Ruth First.
The newspaper covered national and international politics, including homelands, Apartheid legislation, sports and trade unions.
The issue Vol.1 No.17, dated 21 February 1963 covers Nelson Mandela's visit to Africa, with photographs from Algeria and Tunesia. The issue Vol.1 No.22, dated 28 March 1963 was published in a new larger format, but was also the last issue of 'Spark' to be published, saying that "Vorster has strangled 'Spark' and this is the last issue...".
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The last issue of Spark, dated 28 March 1963 is stored in the oversize folder.