- by Geoff
‘Everyone in the musty room knew that this was a game-changing moment in the campaign against the oppression of their people. Spurred on by their stirring meeting with Nelson Mandela a week earlier, the Port Elizabeth ANC committee had stumbled upon an idea that would change the course of the struggle. History was being moulded in the township of New Brighton in Port Elizabeth.’
Take a few hours to immerse your self in the stories of Nelson Mandela and have a hands-on experience with the people who are living his legacy. From that historic day when the concept of cells of resistance was conceived to the first democratic elections, this deeply personal experience will change the way you think about the challenges of life. The stories are mixed with you participating in hands-on activities that will bring a fun balance to our time with the communities in which these stories take place.
Itinerary (4 - 5hr duration).
Madiba allowed his name to be given to this Metro and there are deep reasons why he honoured the area that was home to fellow struggle legends like Raymond Mhlaba and Govan Mbeki.
All the sites that we visit in this area reflect chapters of why our city is known as the ‘The Home of Freedom’. Our stories are told by struggle veterans, and their memories are complemented by experiences of music and the arts. Be ready to be part of the action!
We visit a few sites in New Brighton, including the Emlotheni Memorial Park where rallies often happened and is now dedicated to six activists who were executed by the apartheid government. We will also stop at Mati Road to reflect on the March of Hope led by white cleric Rev George Irvine in 1990. This march came just after the release of Nelson Mandela.
Red Location is the oldest township in New Brighton. Nelson Mandela came to launch the M-plan in Red Location in 1952. This ingenious plan broke down ANC structures into cells and street committees to assist with underground activities. The first Act of Defiance was led by Oom Ray (Raymond Mhlaba) in 1952 where he led a group of 30 volunteers on a march to New Brighton Station. This earned him the title “vulindlela” meaning the trailblazer or one who leads the way. Some of the first members of the Luthuli Detachment came from New Brighton. Umkhonto Wesizwe launched their first acts of sabotage here in Port Elizabeth with the bombing of the Bantu Administration Board Offices.
Route 67 is a project that reflects the 67 years Madiba dedicated to public life and the betterment of his people. The route includes viewing various works of art that depict life in Nelson Mandela Bay, extracts from speeches by the former President and the road travelled to freedom. We also have the second tallest flagpole in Africa (at 60m), a flag that measures 150m2 and weighs 13kg. The artwork includes a focus on the Voting Line exhibition, fashioned after the first democratic elections in 1994.
Become immersed in the stories at the heart of the resistance and allow the heroism of our pioneers to change your worldview forever.
R600 including light refreshments, entry fees, an English speaking guide, and transport to and from the hotel
comfortable shoes, a hat in summer, sunscreen and money for purchasing crafts and donation to a community based project