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TThe University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the oldest universities in the country, and one of the largest universities in the world. Its roots date back 130 years, when it was originally called The University of the Cape of Good Hope.
In 1916, the name was changed to the University of South Africa, and in 1918 it moved from Cape Town to Pretoria. In 1946 the university changed its focus to become a distance education university.
TThis grand institute of higher learning, resting on the Muckleneuk Ridge as you enter Pretoria, has a long heritage of service to the country. With over 300 000 students and 4000 teaching staff, UNISA is one of the largest universities in the world, and offers certificate, degree, diploma and doctoral level courses.
TThe university boasts a colourful repertoire of alma maters such as Nelson Mandela; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe; anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Kathrada; President Cyril Ramaphosa; Cabinet minister and former political prisoner, Tokyo Sexwale; and Walter Battiss, a South African abstract painter.
UUNISA also plays hosts to one of the most anticipated annual lectures, The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Dialogue Series. The series is a significant event on the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory's calendar. It presents a unique platform to drive engagement on significant social issues. The lecture has had the privilege of hosting global thought leaders and shape-shifters including former presidents Bill Clinton and Thabo Mbeki; Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and Mohammad Yunus; and professors Ariel Dorfman and Ismail Serageldin.
AAt the university you can also visit the UNISA Space Art Gallery. Established in 1986, the gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions every year, focussing on the diversity of the country as well as other relevant aspects of the arts. The gallery is also a centre for research with its publicly accessible online inventory of catalogues and permanent art collections. It not only serves as a traditional gallery and exhibition space, but it is also a place of knowledge and research. Tours and workshops are offered to visitors, staff and students.
The music culture in South Africa is made up of diverse genres, from jazz, hip hop, kwaito and gospel to pop and alternative rock.
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.
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to preserving the work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
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.
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.