The newly revamped Campanile, one of Port Elizabeth’s most visible skyline and audible heritage landmarks, is now open to visitors to the Friendly City.
The Campanile Memorial features a climb of 204 steps that take one to the Observation Room, offering a magnificent view of the harbour and surroundings, more than 52m above the city, and contains the largest carillon of bells in the country, in addition to its chiming clock. A silver plaque has been placed on the 67th step of the 204 steps spiralling staircase in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in service of democracy.
The City of Cape Town plans to commemorate the life and work of former president Nelson Mandela with a R3.5m statue and exhibition at the City Hall.
Naming and nomination committee chair, councillor Brett Herron, said on Monday that the City would start with a public participation process about the proposal.
“The purpose of the public participation process is to engage with our residents about the intended memorialisation of Madiba at City Hall,” said Herron. “We want to work more closely with our residents, and an important aspect of strengthening the relationship between the City and Capetonians is for our residents to participate in… Read More
The sweet-honeyed singer who’s been a fixture on the South African entertainment landscape for more than four decades has penned a tell-all autobiography to heal the pain she has endured in both her private and professional life. She also hopes the book will help her vanquish the “demons that stopped me from finding my roots and my voice”.
Louw starts off by tracing her ancestry to the Eastern Cape and her family’s move to Soweto in Johannesburg. She eloquently evokes the spirit of growing up in this sprawling township in the era of gangsters and the ever-present danger and political… Read More
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.
Robben Island aerial view. Image courtesy Cape Town Tourism
Today South Africans all over the country celebrate Mandela Day by spending 67 minutes helping others in order to pay tribute to the great man. South African Tourism has made it easy to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela with its Madiba’s Journey map and website, which highlights all major tourist attractions and places of interest related to his life.