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TThe Eastern Cape is integral for many parts of our democratic history, from being the birth place to some of our first democratic leaders to being the place where democratic practices were first implemented. Three of these icons include former presidents, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki and their friend Steve Bantu Biko. The death of Steve Biko in a prison cell in Pretoria in 1977 left an intellectual void in black consciousness thought leadership.
He may have left us at a tender age but our loss was also the gain of an immense plethora of knowledge and ideas about race, politics and black consciousness.
IIn keeping Steve Biko’s legacy alive, the Department of Arts and Culture partnered with the Department of Tourism to build the Steve Biko Centre, a brain child of the Steve Biko Foundation.
The Museum is nestled in Steve Biko’s birth place, King William's Town Eastern Cape, and the Centre focuses on translating global interest in the legacy of anti-apartheid. The Museum encapsulates the goals and legacy of the Steve Biko Foundation by taking the nation through a journey of remembrance and discovery.
Steve Biko Museum
MMore than a tourist attraction; it is a place of learning and performance, literally coming alive with music, dance and creative interpretations of South African history.
The state-of-the-art building boasts an archive centre, library resource centre, commemorative garden honoring human rights activists and a community media centre. The Museum aims to ensure that new generations of younger South Africans are educated about our turbulent political past and lost leaders, like Steve Biko.
TThis is one of many world class museums South Africa can be proud of. The best thing about the museum is that it is open 6 days a week and on Sunday visitors can arrange for special visits. Entrance to the centre is free.
Mining in South Africa has been a contentious issue since 15-year-old Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs discovered South Africa’s first diamond, the Eureka, in Hopetown in 1867.