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TThe Eastern Cape is integral for many parts of our democratic history, from being the birth place to some of our first democratic leaders to being the place where democratic practices were first implemented. Three of these icons include former presidents, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki and their friend Steve Bantu Biko. The death of Steve Biko in a prison cell in Pretoria in 1977 left an intellectual void in black consciousness thought leadership.
He may have left us at a tender age but our loss was also the gain of an immense plethora of knowledge and ideas about race, politics and black consciousness.
IIn keeping Steve Biko’s legacy alive, the Department of Arts and Culture partnered with the Department of Tourism to build the Steve Biko Centre, a brainchild of the Steve Biko Foundation.
The Centre is nestled in Steve Biko’s birth place, King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, and focuses on translating global interest in the legacy of anti-apartheid. It encapsulates the goals and legacy of the Steve Biko Foundation by taking the nation through a journey of remembrance and discovery.
Steve Biko Museum
MMore than a tourist attraction, it is a place of learning and performance, literally coming alive with music, dance and creative interpretations of South African history.
The state-of-the-art building boasts an archive centre, library resource centre, commemorative garden honouring human rights activists and a community media centre. The Centre aims to ensure that new generations of younger South Africans are educated about our turbulent political past and lost leaders, like Steve Biko.
This is one of many world-class museums South Africa can be proud of. The best thing about it is that it is open six days a week, and on Sunday, visitors can arrange for special visits. Entrance is free.
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.
Explore galleries and museums, and then relax at one of the restaurants and pubs set in the wide, tree-lined streets before setting off to enjoy one of the many plays on offer at the world-renowned National Arts Festival.
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.
Fort Hare was the first university in South Africa to accept black students.
Reliving the early years of Nelson Mandela’s life.
Built to house the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, the Bhunga Building hosts a number of exhibitions in its three wings.
For the first time since his death, Nelson Mandela’s gravesite will be open to the public.
Walking in the footsteps of a great man - a remarkable museum dedicated to Madiba
The Owl Route is a 50km U-shaped dirt road in the Eastern Cape province, best explored by bicycle.
Port Elizabeth's urban-based Route 67 is one of the most exciting and creative of South Africa's inner-city developments.
Jazz fans from around the world appreciate the skill and vibrant talent of South African jazz musicians.
Walking around the Voting Line sculpture, you get the true sense of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa.
The Donkin Heritage Trail in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro city of Port Elizabeth is mainly based around the Central district, and consists of a large collection of historic Victorian buildings and monuments