Choose your country and language:
OOn April 27, 1994, Nelson Mandela, casted his vote at Ohlange Institute, a school founded by John Langalibalele Mafukuzela Dube - the first president of the ANC.
Not only was this the first democratic election in South Africa, but it was also the first time that Mandela had ever voted in his life. Mandela was 72 years old.
AAfter his vote was cast in the school's chapel, Mandela visited Dube's grave, where he is believed to have said: “Mr President, I have come to report to you that South Africa is free today.”
MMandela chose to travel all the way from Pretoria, on one of the most important days in the history of South Africa, to cast his vote in the chapel of a century-old school in the township of Inanda, 28 km north west of Durban. Dube, built the Ohlange Institute himself (Ohlange means 'where all nations come together'). It was no ordinary school, but a school built and managed by black South Africans at a time when it was held that black people could neither develop nor manage institutions of their own.
DDube's grandson, who witnessed Mandela's journey to the graveside of his grandfather spoke of Mandela's connection with his grandfather's spirit that would give him the strength and wisdom necessary to lead the country.
Inanda is regarded by many as the 'cradle of democracy in South Africa'. It is also believed to have more history per square centimetre than anywhere else in South Africa. As a result, the city of Durban has designed the Inanda Heritage Route, with The Ohlange Institute as one of the prominent stops.
South Africa’s culinary heritage is as colourful as its flag, and as multi-layered as its 11 official languages.
South African society is a fascinating blend of many and varied cultural groups that rub along together in a manner that is, for the most part, peaceful and happy. A historical tour of famous battle sites will bring home to you just how remarkable this is.
the Durban skyline becomes visible on the horizon, one can almost hear the beat of the African drum and Indian drum beating in unison in welcome, and my tummy grumbles at the thought of relishing some aromatic Durban curry and shisa nyama (traditional barbequed meat).
The must-visit restaurants in Durban.
All you need to know about Durban Indian cuisine
The Afrikaans culture is as rich and diverse as the South African landscape.
A most representative collection of KwaZulu - Natal heritage.
Experience music, dance and food from across the country, as well as Tsonga crafts and Zulu beer-brewing; and don’t forget the magical clicking language of the San people.