Who is Roderick Sauls?

Roderick Sauls was born in District Six, Cape Town, and grew up on the Cape Flats. In 1994 he began to study fine art through the University of South Africa, then transferred to the University of Cape Town, where he was employed, and completed his degree in 2000.

In 2004 Sauls received his Masters from UCT, where he also served as an assistant lecturer in drawing and printmaking from 2000 to 2005.

He teaches part time at the Arts and Media Access Centre Cape Town. In 2005 he and other artists in Cape Town established a non-profit organisation, art@school.education.za.

In 2006 he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship to continue his studies towards a doctorate at the University of the Western Cape's department of sociology.

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"Even the Cango Caves had a separate entrance for black people."
Vincent Kolbe on Race Classification
Apartheid signs, Mossel Bay
Picture: © Sunday Times


In this lesson plan, learners will have the chance to interact with information from clauses of the Population Registration Act of 1950 as well as from various legal records associated with two cases of people appealing for reclassification.

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Archive Photo Gallery
A selection of images of race classification’s victims, enforcers and signs.
Artwork Photo Gallery
Roderick Sauls’s installation is a stark reminder of how brutal human beings can be to one another.
Audio stories of the heartbreak caused
Listen to stories of the heartbreak caused by apartheid’s race classification laws.
A 360° tour of the memorial at the High Court Annex, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.
Race Classification Board Memorial
The Sunday Times Heritage Project memorial to the Race Classification Board – one of apartheid’s biggest absurdities – is attracting a lot of attention in Cape Town