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In the footsteps of Madiba

It’s now been 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s greatest peacemakers, and over time a string of heritage centres, exhibitions, art trails, homestays and other cultural attractions have opened in celebration of his legacy. Emma Gregg lists the best places to learn about contemporary South African culture through the lens of history
A mosaic of Madiba on a pavement in Jo’burg
The Pillars of the Constitution at the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg.
APARTEID MUSEUM
Mandela’s possessions on display at the Mandela House Museum, Soweto
EMMA GREGG

In South Africa, Mandela’s smile follows you everywhere, adorning everything from pop art t-shirts to House of Mandela wine labels. There’s also an expanding army of Mandela monuments and portraits, with new statues soon to appear in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

The people of South Africa have been without their fabled former president, Nelson Mandela, for almost _ve years, and he’s still loved and missed with a passion. In 2018, the nation is marking the great man’s centenary by launching exhibitions, events and long-term projects to promote the values he held dear.

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