“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
- Nelson Mandela
When Nelson Mandela made this speech, he was facing a life sentence in prison for treason. Even in the midst of his struggle, he still had the vision and hope for a better society - he was always thinking of the future. Walking through the streets of Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is difficult not to see the influence of the freedom fighters on the interaction of citizens, young and old.
Kgotso Hope Lekau, 19, from Cape Town, was selected as one of News24’s 100 Young Mandela’s earlier this year. Kgotso is a cancer survivor and the founder of an NGO that works to provide support and education to young people. He took the opportunity to travel to Johannesburg and Pretoria with South African Tourism to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, from his home in Soweto to the Union Buildings where he sat as president of the democratic South Africa.
This year for the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, South African Tourism identified 100 experiences, attractions and destinations around South Africa that have strong historical and social ties to his life and which have become familiar to the global community. As part of this celebration, we partnered with South African Tourism and offered some young Mandela’s from our Mandela100 project a unique and memorable chance to explore?other provinces and cities and walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela.
A showcase of South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s memory can be found on the South African Tourism Madiba’s Journey App, which allows users to view the attractions on a map, build their itineraries and share their own journeys on social media. Visitors can also experience the emotion and relevance of each location through audio, text and image galleries. The app also offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions.
Discover all the Gauteng experiences from the harrowing halls of Liliesleaf Farm to the busy hub of Soweto and as well as many other beautiful spots in Johannesburg and Pretoria with South African Tourism.
This trip was made possible by South African Tourism and South African Airways
This post is sponsored by South African Tourism produced by Brandstudio24 for Traveller24.