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NNelson Mandela’s last moments were spent at home in the beautiful leafy-green suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg. It was after weeks of speculation that his death in the Houghton residence was confirmed by then President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
HHoughton is a peaceful and quiet area much like the village Mandela grew up in, Qunu. He moved into the Houghton house with his ‘new’ wife Graça Machel in 1998 towards the end of his presidency.
Mandela House (Houghton)
AAt the news of his passing, the streets were filled with supporters of the former president. You could hear singing, rhythmic clapping and ululations from streets away. People were dancing in the streets and blowing on Vuvuzelas. The crowds were celebrating his life and it was a coming together of people from all races to . It was in that moment a coming together of people from different races and walks of life to celebrate Madiba’s life and legacy.
A plethora of art galleries and museums are invaluable resources for understanding South Africa’s history and cultural diversity. Custodians of the past, these institutions also track the present and offer insight into the future.
The South African State Theatre is one of the top performing-arts venues on the continent. It proudly offers a distinctive pan-African experience, and is also known as the Theatre of Africa. It houses a range of venues used for performances, conferences, fashion shows, festivals and parties.
The Pretoria Art Museum is known for its impressive collection of South African art. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions showcase South Africa’s old masters, as well as contemporary artists. It also features a collection of international art. The museum houses both rural and urban masterpieces, and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in South African creativity.
Visitors to Johannesburg can shop till they drop every Sunday at Market on Main; the weekly inner-city event offering the trendiest art, design, fashion, food and entertainment, plus lots more.
From safaris to magnificent trips through the winelands in winter, to scuba diving and hiking in summer, there’s an activity for every season when travelling in South Africa.
Food and travel go hand in hand and South Africa has a unique array of cultures with a mix of cuisines. Basotho cuisine, with its combination of rich flavours and unique spices, should satisfy every foodie’s cravings.
Visit one of South Africa’s many cultural villages for a better understanding of the diversity of cultures that make our country unique. Learn more about different traditions and practices through tours, singing and dancing, storytelling and a traditional meal at fireside.