The first inclusive elections in 1994 saw the late Nelson Mandela become the country’s first democratically elected president, following a decisive electoral victory by his party, the African National Congress. What are we to do about that?
Well, Freedom Day serves as a reminder to us that the guarantee of our freedom requires us to remain permanently vigilant against corruption and the erosion of the values of the Freedom Struggle.
And we celebrate the day of the elections as Freedom Day every year on 27 April. If you are stuck for ideas of what to do this year’s celebrations, you’ve come to the right place.
Visit the Apartheid Museum
If you haven’t been to the Apartheid Museum yet – also, seriously? – what better day to go than on Freedom Day.
The museum is open every day of the week from 09:00 to 17:00. Adults pay R95 per ticket. There are discounted rates for pensioners, children, university students and teachers.
Visit the Mandela Exhibition to learn more about the formation of uMkhonto weSizwe in the early 1960s, throughout the struggle, to Madiba’s imprisonment and beyond.
You’d be spoilt for choice if a trip to Soweto is on your To Do list. For starters, Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world to house two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Nelson Mandela as well as Desmond Tutu.
Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial, or Mandela House. There’s also the Walter Sisulu Square and the Credo Mutwa Cultural Village, in Central Western Jabavu.
It houses a huge collection of sculptures and traditional buildings. The village offers an outdoor museum of African art, culture and folklore, as well as Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa sculpture and works of art.
Take a trip to Robben Island
Book a tour through the Robben Island Museum’s website, or explore the island virtually. Tours are available 7 days a week, at a cost of R360 per adult and R200 per child.
A trip takes approximately 3.5 hours, but that includes the ferry trip. The tour also includes Robert Sobukwe’s house, the Bluestone quarry and the Lime Quarry, and the maximum security prison.
Visit the Iziko Museum
The Iziko Museum is an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture. Current exhibitions include the Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour, as well as the Effendis of 71 Wale Street.
Under The Cover of Darkness “aims to highlight the experience of colonial subjects through the focus of the lives of three women,” while Not the Usual Suspects is a survey of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), a renowned photography and visual literacy training institution.
Visit Nelson Mandela’s capture site
Mandela said, “to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”