Jozi's Cultural Highlights and the Apartheid Legacy
Collected by Justin Lee, AFAR Local Expert
South Africa is known as much for its achievements as well as its atrocities. Visit some of these places to learn a bit more about Johannesburg's history and its involvement in the formation of modern South Africa.
Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Rd, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
"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." -Nelson Mandela, June 1999 Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum is a powerful and extensive museum documenting the rise and...
Yale Road &, Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg, 2050, South Africa
The Origins Centre, located in Johannesburg's historically and culturally significant University of the Witwatersrand, houses displays and artworks showcasing the origins of humans. Full of interactive displays and assisted with guided or...
11 Kotze St, Johannesburg, 2017, South Africa
The court is housed in a beautiful building atop Constitution Hill. Outside is the old jail, the new Flame of Democracy, and the even newer bust of Ghandi (he was jailed here 4 times). Inside, the art is incredible. Worth the trip just for it.
Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804, South Africa
Vilakazi Street is perhaps the most famous street in Soweto, or in all of Johannesburg, South Africa. The street claims a rather unique distinction, being the only street in the world to have once had as residents two Nobel Prize winners. Those...
Orlando West, Soweto, 1804, South Africa
This plaza is next to the museum that honors Hector Pieterson, who was shot and killed in Soweto is 1976. The museum tracks the uprising that started in a protest against Afrikaans being taught in the schools of Soweto. it covers this very...
Northern Pkwy & Data Cres, Ormonde 99-Ir, Johannesburg, 2159, South Africa
225 meters below the surface of the earth, visitors make their way through dim passageways that miners in the late 1800s had navigated in search of gold. The tour guide 'jokingly' points out that if for some reason we get stuck down there, the...
Scibono Discovery Centre, Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
On the western edge of downtown Johannesburg, a neighborhood named Newtown has emerged as the city’s cultural heart. Once a gritty industrial center, Newtown is now a gathering place for South African writers, artists, and musicians. Begin your...
8287 Khumalo Rd, Orlando West, Johannesburg, 1804, South Africa
Make sure you don't rush when you visit the museum and its nearby memorial. Both are dedicated to the students' struggle against Apartheid. The museum is well designed, and although it isn't huge, there's a lot of information to take in. The...
7 George Ave, Rivonia, Sandton, 2128, South Africa
"...no one can blame brave just men for seeking justice by the use of violent methods; nor could they be blamed if they tried to create an organized force in order to ultimately establish peace and racial harmony." -Chief Alber Luthuli: Statement...
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