Poisoned Pasts: legacies of SA's chemical and biological warfare programme


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Using powerful visual reportage, historical documents and meticulously researched commentary, the exhibition sets facts and testimony against contested and conflicting accounts.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

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