Nelson Mandela was born on the 18 July 1918 at Mvezo.
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This week we salute the Knysna Historical Society for ensuring that Knysna is one of the most plaqued places in South Africa. The plaques are a powerful orange and can be seen on over 55 sites of significance throughout the town. Many of the plaques are tightly clustered creating the perfect foundation for a number of exciting heritage trails.
Nelson Mandela was born on the 18 July 1918 at Mvezo.
Madiba grew up, retired and was buried at Qunu in December 2013.
Madiba spent 18 years of his life on Robben Island (out of a total of 27 years behind bars). The island was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999.
Healdtown Comprehensive is located a short distance from the town Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape. Nelson Mandela matriculated from the school in 1938. Other famous graduates include Robert Sobukwe and Govan Mbeki.
Healdtown is part of the Historic Schools Restoration Project.
The following passage from SA History Online provides a fantastic overview of Madiba's time at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape.
We (the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation) have had a most interesting query from Justin du Piesanie, an archeologist working on the proposed widening of Louis Botha Avenue from Houghton Drive to Tudhope Avenue for the BRT. This involves a section of stone retaining wall, stone bus shelter and stone and steel boundary edge to the road.
I am a concerned resident. What will happen to the heritage of the area if the rezoning goes through. Have the heritage authorities been involved. Does anyone have any more information for me.
The early decades of the twentieth century were characterised by a low level of African urbanisation, a relatively undeveloped state apparatus for regulating and controlling urban African life and a high degree of provincial and municipal autonomy. While there was little centralised state control over African urbanisation during this time, there were important regional trends towards segregation and control...
The most spectacular 5229sqm northern viewsite on the Westcliff Ridge. A once in a lifetime opportunity to own this incredible family residence in a "top" Johannesburg suburb. An immaculate double storey structure with grand spaces, exceptional views and original character features through out. An exceptional property that must be seen!
[This house is classed as a heritage house of special significance by the heritage community of Johannesburg.
Nelson Mandela spent six years studying Law at Wits University. The famous 'Class of 1949' photo is from the Wits Archives.
In August 1962 Nelson Mandela was captured on the R103 a few kilometres outside Howick in Kwazulu Natal. He was returning from a meeting with ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli and posing as a chaffeur. The capture site has received significant investment and is now a major tourist attraction with a powerful sculpture as the centre piece. The following excerpt from the Capture Site website highlighs the symbolism of the statue:
"Anyone that takes a drive (or a very long walk) around Bryanston these days will notice frenetic building activity on all fronts. The well-known suburb is transforming in front of our eyes with new offices, shops and residential complexes proliferating. The days when the middle to upper class freestanding home on a 2000m2-4000m2 erf was the norm are long gone."
Let's keep track of the changes and dig up some history...
This double storey manor house (feather palace) was designed for Mr. Gert Olivier by C. Bulloch in 1902. Bullock was then still in the service of the P.W.D. M.L.A. and Mayor of the town. This building was certainly the most beautiful of all his work. It was designed in the Art Noveau (new art) style and built of local dressed yellowbrown sandstone by the contractor J.T. Cooper (Jnr.).
PARI is excited to announce the opening of applications for a new Masters scholarship, intended for students interested in undertaking research on the South African state at the University of the Witwatersrand. This work can include historical work on government departments or administrations, economic research which explores state institutions – the incentives driving behaviour within the state, sociological research on public organisations and people working within the state. Topics of interest to PARI include, but are not limited to:
Notice of application for the amendment of the town planning scheme in term of section 56(1)(b)(ii) of the town planning and townships ordinance, 1986 (ordinance 15 of 1986) We, Steve Jaspan and Associates, being the authorised agent of the owner of portion 1 of erf 8 Sandown, hereby give notice in terms of section 56(1)(B)(II) of the Town Planning and Townships Ordinance, 1986. That we have applied to the City of Johannesburg for the amendment of the Town Planning Scheme known as the Sandton Town Planning Scheme, 1980.
This application contains the following proposals:
Notice is hereby given that a report compiled to meet the requirements of section 38(2) of the Act is to be submitted to Heritage Western Cape (HWC) for a decision in terms of section 38(4) of the Act, in respect of a development, being the proposed demolition of the Werdmuller Centre, located on Erf 54472, Cape Town.
Any person wishing to register an interest in this matter must do so by e-mail to Ashley Lillie or via fax 086 612 7884.
Persons who have already registered and received the report need not register in response to this notice.
In 1902 Mr M.C. Lind (1848 - 1912), a local attorney, asked Mr Charles Bullock to design a manor house on plot nr 105 diagonally opposite the St Jude's Anglican Church in Baron van Reede Street. The building was built in the Art Nouveau style by the Rogers Bros of local sandstone and bricks with abundant cast-iron fittings to the verandah iron pillars and to the stoep railings of the wooden stoep.
Situated in the heart of Johannesburg 's gracious old suburb Houghton Estate, this Cape Dutch homestead was build in 1935. This heritage is captured in the furnishing and décor of Houghton Boardroom.
Come and experience the tranquil atmosphere of this venue, minutes away from the Johannesburg and Sandton CBD with easy access from the M1.
On the 10 May 1994 Nelson Mandela was inaugerated as the first democratically elected President of South Africa at the Union Buildings.
The Mandela House, located at the bottom of the world famous Vilikazi Street, was built in 1945 and welcomed the Mandela family (Nelson and his first wife Evelyn) in 1946. In his autobiography, Mandela proudly describes it as the first true home of his own. After Madiba and Evelyn divorced in the late 1950s Winnie Mandela moved into the house. She lived her with her daughters until her exile to Brandfort in 1977. Madiba spent a few days at the house after his release from jail in 1990 before moving to the upmarket suburb of Houghton in Johannesburg's Northern Suburbs.
On the 24 May 2013 the Shadow Boxer statue was unveiled in the presence of Mayor Parks Tau. The statue is located outside the Magistrates Court, opposite Chancellor House to the west of the Joburg Inner City. The photograph of Madiba sparring with boxer Jerry Moloi on the roof of the South African Associated Newspapers building was the inspiration for artist Marco Cianfanelli.
Mandela's spent the last decade and a half of his life at this house in the upmarket suburb of Houghton. He passed away here shortly before 21h00 on Thursday 5 December 2013. Large crowds gathered outside the home to pay their respects the great man.
Nelson Mandela lived at Liliesleaf for a time posing as a worker named David Motsamayi. The following excerpt appears on the Liliesleaf website:
Myself and my wife went to view a property yesterday and when we expressed interest we were informed that it’s a heritage home and apparently no plans exist for said property. We are not first time buyers but it’s the first time we have come across a heritage property. A lot of new work has been done to the property and not in the original style of the property.
Hours after being released from prison Nelson Mandela delivered a powerful speech from the balcony of the City Hall.
The initial stages of the Treason Trial were held at the Drill Hall before proceedings were moved to Pretoria for security reasons.
Ellis Park was the scene of South Africa's famous Rugby World Cup victory in 1995. Madiba played an inspiring nation building role throughout the tournament.
This is the room that Nelson Mandela rented when he first came to Johannesburg.