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Madiba's magic world

By unknown | Jun 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Vandals, who often pose as graffiti artists, love nothing more than daubing their names on walls to declare that so-and-so "was here".

Even those unlucky in love, or devoid of the courage to tell the object of their desires straight to their faces how they feel about them, pledge their affection on walls.

Had Nelson Mandela been one of them there's no wall in the country that would have escaped his signature. He's been everywhere - in modern language; been there, done that and got the T-shirt!

The book The World That Made Mandela details 70 important sites where the world's most favourite statesman has either lived or passed through.

Forget Qunu and 8115 Ngakane Street in Orlando West, Soweto. Mandela has been to some other places too, such as Healdtown, the Methodist missionary school from which he graduated in 1938.

It was here that Mandela, fresh from a sheltered upbringing in Thembuland, "for the first time came across a fellow student who was not isiXhosa-speaking".

Then there's Fort Hare, "the alma mater of African leaders", where he met one Oliver Tambo from Pondoland.

Alexandra township wants to claim the lodger who came to live at Mr Xhoma's 7th Avenue home as their own, but the back yard room was not Mandela's first port of call when he came here from Eastern Cape. When he first came to the city of gold he lived in the Crown Mines hostel.

There's Dr AB Xuma's house in Sophiatown, a posh residence to which "in the 1940s, Mandela and other young intellectuals were regular visitors".

It is one of the few houses that survived the demolitions and the removals that saw many Kofifi residents uprooted to Meadowlands.

There's the city hall, the famed Kapitan's, the supreme court and the Bantu Men's Social Centre, venues for many of Mandela's brushes with the law.

The book looks at other places, not the "usual suspects" of every story about Mandela.

There's Magasa Hall in Bloemfontein, where in 1912 the forerunner to the ANC, the South African Native National Congress, was formed.

Read about Chancellor House, the building in Fox Street where in 1952 Mandela and Tambo opened the first black law firm in the city.

Chancellor House remains an important name in the ANC, a funding front of the movement.

There are other places touched by Mandela's magic - like Chief Albert Luthuli's home in Groutville in KwaZulu-Natal. There's also New Brighton in Port Elizabeth, where in 1952 he kicked off the Defiance Campaign.

There's District Six in Cape Town and Plessislaer in Pietermaritzburg and Howick, where Mandela was arrested in 1962.

There's also Rivonia and many other places that form "the world that made Mandela".

Fascinating reading!


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