On 29 September 2022, our Chairman Prof Howard Phillips gave a keynote address to the South African Society for History Teaching in Genadendal (organised by Dr Francois Cleophas, a member of HiPSA’s Council) on the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. The global pandemic reached deep into South Africa, including the village of Genadendal, and left its mark on it with seventy “Genaalers” (=residents of Genadendal), dying in consequence of it.

Prof Phillips and Prof Warnich standing at a memorial listing soldiers from Genadendal who died in World War I.   Three of them were victims of the Spanish flu epidemic.
Prof Pieter Warnich of NWU, Potchefstroom buying a copy of In the Time of Plague