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NNumber 8115 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, is a small, face-brick house where the Mandela family lived from 1946 to the 1990s. Today the house is a museum celebrating his life through artwork and other media.
Although Mandela did not spend much time in the house with either of his wives, Evelyn Ntoko Mase and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, two of his children were raised there and it retained a special place in his heart all though his incarceration.
WWinnie was forcibly evicted in 1977 and had to relocate to the Free State with her two children Zenani and Zindzi, but she returned in 1990 when her husband was released. The Mandela family spent 11 days there after his release, but moved to a larger and more secure property in Houghton afterwards.
Mandela House Museum
TToday the Mandela House is a small but comprehensive museum. The exhibits consist of art, interesting memorabilia, honorary doctorates awarded to the family, and photographs dating back to the 1950s.
There are many interesting things to do in the area. Sakhumzi Restaurant is just a quick walk down the block, and serves a great spread of traditional African food including delicious shisa nyama (literally translates to burnt meat) and stews.
TThe Hector Pieterson Museum is also an iconic and historical stop. This museum honours the 1976 student uprising in Soweto. It was one of the main sparks in the fire that eventually ignited a free and fair South Africa.
Other things to do include a bicycle tour of the area where you can get up close and personal with the people of Soweto, or you could even do a bungy jump off one of the Orlando Towers. This is definitely for those with a slightly more adventurous spirit.
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National Stadium in Soweto, which was known as ‘Soccer City’ during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, is available for tours. Because of massive demand, however, you will need to book ahead to secure your trip around the famous sporting venue. Tours, which last up to 90 minutes, are available on Thursdays. During the tour, guests will visit the exclusive VIP suites, change rooms, warm-up areas, players' tunnel, the pitch, and upper sections of the stands.