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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.
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.
Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.
The FNB stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto derby involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Regina Mundi Church a struggle landmark and a tourist attraction that continues to serve the community.
The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto is now a small but interesting museum which you can go to in order to learn about his life.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.
The Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who met lost their lives here.
Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.
Have you ever wondered where we, human beings, came from? What led to this evolutionary revolution on Planet Earth? All of the answers can be found in one place: the Cradle of Humankind.