Conversations Ahmed Kathrada

With the passing of struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada in the early hours of Tuesday, 28 March, the country reflects on the icon’s legacy and contribution towards racial equality in South Africa.

And so, after having recently read Conversations With a Gentle Soul (PanMacMillan), it’s easy to understand why Nelson Mandela counted the late freedom fighter among his closest friends. Despite 26 years in prison – 18 of them on Robben Island – he was humble, philosophical and often very funny as he shared a wealth of stories about life before, during and after apartheid.

A life-long activist, he served…
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Conversations Ahmed Kathrada

The Freedom Trail

The Capture Site near Howick. Image courtesy SA Tourism.

The Capture Site near Howick. Image courtesy SA Tourism.

South Africa has a fascinating, yet turbulent history – and there a number of places to visit across the country where local and international visitors can learn more about our past…

The Nelson Mandela Capture Site:

On 5 August 1962 in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, apartheid police stopped a car driven by Nelson Mandela. He’d been on the run for 17 months and was returning from a secret meeting with African National Congress…
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702 Walk the Talk – Photo Essay

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There are days when Johannesburg residents “show up” in all their glory and the annual 702 Walk the Talk event is one of those days. This is when about 50 000 people take to the Jozi streets – a motley group of individuals, old and young, putting their best feet forward – some in spandex and wigs, masks and angel wings, others waving South African flags – a group of happy shiny people out to celebrate all that is good about the city and each other. It was not only…
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