To learn about a place sometimes you need to go back to the past, and what better to way to do it than to visit a Heritage Site. There are many places in Johannesburg that have been declared Heritage Sites in Johannesburg and they are all significant in the history of the country as well as the future. Here are a few places that you can visit this September:
Located in Rivonia, Johannesburg, it is known as a place of liberation. During the struggle of South Africa, it was a place of refuge for the leaders of the ANC (African National Congress). This was a safe house, a place for secret political meetings, until the 1963 raid that changed the course of South African History. Guided and self-guided tours are available here and the exhibits demonstrate an extensive part of the many aspects of the struggle for liberation in South Africa
Located at: 7 George Avenue, Rivonia – www.liliesleaf.co.za
Nelson Mandela House (Museum)
Vilakazi Street is a famous street in South Africa, it’s the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Winners have lived, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. The house was built in 1945, in Orlando, Soweto, South of Johannesburg. The exhibits show the history and the life of the Nelson Mandela Family.
Located at 8115 Orlando West Soweto – www.mandelahouse.org
Constitution Hill & Constitution Court
Built in 1893, and known as the Old Fort Prison. Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi were also prisoners as well as many other political leaders, and ordinary citizens. Crimes committed by prisoners ranged from prisoners here were held for various crimes. It was closed in 1983 after some restoration and becoming a museum with various exhibitions which include the notorious Number Four, The Mandela Cell, and the Women’s Goal.
Located at: 1 Kotze Road Braamfontein- www.constitutionhill.org.za
Satyagraha House – Accommodation/Museum
The Satyagraha House is a house that Mahatma Gandhi lived in for a short period during the time that he lived in South Africa. The house included two hut- shaped rooms, which was designed by famous Architect Herman Kallenbach. The house had several owners after Gandhi left and was finally purchased a French Touring company who with the help of Rocco Erdam Bosman architect had the house restored to its original state, showcasing the life Gandhi lived. With additional rooms, the house opened as a guest house/museum. Visitors are welcome to view the house.
Located: 15 Pine Road, Orchards – www.satyagrahahouse.com