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NNelson Mandela’s last moments were spent at home in the beautiful, leafy-green suburb of Houghton, Johannesburg. His death, on 5 December 2013 at his Houghton residence, was confirmed by the then president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
HHoughton is a peaceful and quiet area much like the village Mandela grew up in, Qunu. He moved into the Houghton house with his wife Graça Machel in 1998 towards the end of his presidency.
Mandela House (Houghton)
AAt the news of his passing, the streets were filled with supporters of the former president. You could hear singing, rhythmic clapping and ululations from streets away. People were dancing in the streets and blowing on vuvuzelas. The crowds were celebrating his life, and it was a coming together of people from all races and walks of life to celebrate Madiba’s life and legacy.
Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
The FNB Stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto Derby featuring Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, is now a small but interesting museum where you can learn more about Nelson Mandela's life.
Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.
Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.
The Kgosi Mampuru II Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who lost their lives here.
Nelson Mandela’s memory lives on in a number of places in Gauteng where he spent his formative political years, opening a legal practice and starting to play a leading role in the Struggle against apartheid.