Welcome SA remembers Madiba

  • 05 December 2014 | Kolosa Vuso
A smiling Madiba. Image courtesy of Nelson Mandela Foundation/Matthew Willman

Many activities to commemorate the legacy of the 67 years he spent in the service of humanity have been planned for this period until 15 December 2014.

At Welcome SA, we remember Madiba’s love for the people. He had a special gift of making people feel welcome, and as a South African Tourism initiative we take great pride in living his legacy by being inviting.

In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, he said: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

It is also Mandela who said: “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

These pictures make us beam with pride:

A mural of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Johannesburg. Image courtesy of Romain Barrabas


Nelson Mandela casts his vote in the country’s first democratic election. Image courtesy of the African National Congress

The iconic Mandela salute. Image courtesy of Jils Jorgensen/Rex Features

Suggest these Madiba-inspired attractions to your guests:

Mandela House, Soweto

This was the Mandela family home from the 1940s until the early 1990s. It has since been turned into a museum.

Address: House 8115, Vilakazi Street, Orlando West

Tel: +27 (0)11 936 7754

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Johannesburg

The centre houses many of Mandela's writings and possessions.

Address: 107 Central Street, Houghton

Tel: +27 (0)11 547 5600