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TThe Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation. Situated in Houghton, Johannesburg, it is a place dedicated to keeping the memory and the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive.
History and the preservation of the past was very important to Mandela and it is evident that the Nelson Mandela Foundation is committed to the preservation of archives, documents, awards and photographic records that chronicle the late global icon's life.
TThe centre was founded in 2004 as a publicly accessible archive, and their focus has always been on the life and times of Mandela and his dedication to social justice.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
TThe personal artefacts and exhibitions, which are permanently on display, outline his life and the context of his struggle for freedom. Letters from prison, personal photographs and his Nobel Peace prize all have pride of place at the centre.
Entry to the permanent exhibition, The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela, is free of charge, but it is a good idea to book a tour beforehand via the online booking facility. If you are interested in a visit to the centre you can call ahead to make the necessary arrangements.
MMany say you can feel Mandela’s presence when you take a walk around the office where Mandela worked from 2002 to 2010. Here you will see his books, his personal desk and even the chair he sat in. It is a special place upholding all that is good about Nelson Mandela.
From soft red tea leaves and fermented milk to home-made beers and pub-favoured shooters, these are some of South Africa’s finest drinks.
The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.
Gumboot dancing was originally a means of communication amongst miners who were forbidden from talking to one another.
Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
The Market Theatre has played and continues to play a pivotal role in South Africa’s story.
UNISA is one of the biggest and oldest universities in South Africa with over 300 000 students and 4000 teaching staff.
The FNB Stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto Derby featuring Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, is now a small but interesting museum where you can learn more about Nelson Mandela's life.
St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg is significant in taking a firm stand against apartheid.
Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.
Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
Take a trip through Madibaville and experience the Madiba fever for yourself.
Flat 13 Kholvad House remains one of Johannesburg’s most treasured heritage gems.
Nelson Mandela and other political leaders stood trial in the Rivonia Treason Trial at the Palace of Justice in 1964.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.
The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who lost their lives here.
Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court houses the statue of Nelson Mandela, the "Shadow Boxer”.
Soak up Soweto’s rich cultural atmosphere at an important South African tourist destination - Sakhumzi Restaurant.
Regina Mundi Church is a struggle landmark and a tourist attraction that continues to serve the community.
Thousands gathered to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy outside his Houghton home after his passing in December 2013.
Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished.