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TThe University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the oldest universities in South Africa. and one of the largest universities in the world. Its roots date back 130 years, when it was originally called The University of the Cape of Good Hope.
In 1916, the name was changed to the University of South Africa and in 1918 it moved home from Cape Town to Pretoria. In 1946 the university changed its focus to become a distance education university.
TThis grand institute of higher learning, resting on the Muckleneuk Ridge as you enter Pretoria, has a long heritage of service to the country. With over 300,000 students and 4,000 teaching staff, UNISA is one of the largest universities in the world, and offers certificate, degree, diploma and doctoral level courses.
TThe university boasts a colourful repertoire of alma maters, such as Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, Cyril Ramaphosa, Cabinet minister and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale; and Walter Battiss, South African abstract painter.
UUNISA also plays hosts to one of the most anticipated annual lectures, The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Dialogue Series. The Series is a significant event on the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory's calendar. It presents a unique platform to drive engagement on significant social issues. The lecture has had the privilege of hosting global thought leaders and shapeshifters, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Thabo Mbeki, Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu and Mohammad Yunus; Professors Ariel Dorfman and Ismail Serageldin.
AAt the university you can also visit the UNISA Space Art Gallery. Established in 1986, the gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions every year, focusing on the diversity in the country as well as other relevant aspects of the arts. The gallery is also a center for research with its publicly accessible online inventory of catalogues and permanent art collections. It not only serves as a traditional gallery and exhibition space, but it is also a place of knowledge and research. Tours and workshops are offered to visitors, staff and students.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.
The FNB stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto derby involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Regina Mundi Church a struggle landmark and a tourist attraction that continues to serve the community.
The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto is now a small but interesting museum which you can go to in order to learn about his life.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.
The Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who met lost their lives here.
Have you heard of Agritourism? This is a category of tourism that provides visitors the opportunity to experience everyday life on working farms, ranches, wineries and agricultural industries.
Have you ever wondered where we, human beings, came from? What led to this evolutionary revolution on Planet Earth? All of the answers can be found in one place: the Cradle of Humankind.
Maropeng is the official visitors’ centre for the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site within easy distance of Johannesburg and Pretoria.