My #INDABA2014 media trip – DAY 2 of 4

On our second day we drove from Protea Hotel Hilton in Pietermaritzburg to visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick where the former state president was arrested and sent to jail for 27 years.

According www.thecapturesite.co.zaIn 1962, on 5 August, this otherwise ordinary piece of road along the R103, approximately five kilometers outside Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, suddenly took on profound consequence. Armed apartheid police flagged down a car in which Nelson Mandela was pretending to be the chauffeur. Having succeeded in evading capture by apartheid operatives for 17 months, Mandela had just paid a clandestine visit to ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli’s Groutville home to report back on his African odyssey, and to request support in calling for an armed struggle. It was in this dramatic way, at this unassuming spot, that Nelson Mandela was finally captured and arrested.

As one of the historically important moments in the struggle against Apartheid, a more appropriate and exciting marking of the site was needed which has now been realized and erected.

With the purchase of the farm opposite the monument site, it became possible to put in place the process to mark the Nelson Mandela Capture Site as a major destination in South Africa for our citizens and international visitors to engage with Nelson Mandela’s legacy. His disappearance from public view at this site into incarceration for 27 years along his long walk to freedom symbolically culminated in his reappearance here on the 50th anniversary of that fateful day.

This is dramatically achieved in a creative manner with the commissioning and introduction of a powerful major new sculpture, set into the environment of this silently potent space in the midlands landscape of KwaZulu Natal on a section of road that, quite randomly altered the history of South Africa.

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Check In @ Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel

My last stay at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, part of the Tsogo Sun stable was 4 years ago when I attend INDABA 2010, this time around the property has been revamped with stunning room features and fittings. Apart from hotel being renovated, its location is priceless, the beachfront at your doorstep is a major attraction to people like myself from the inland, where the beach doesn’t exist.

This was my home in Durban for the duration of #INDABA2014.

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ACSA Media Cocktail

ACSA hosted a cocktail evening at the INDABA Media Centre, where they were the official sponsor of the venue. ACSA’s executive took the opportunity to share with the media past and future projects currently underway in Brazil and Ghana.

As the media we appreciate ACSA’s sponsorship of the media centre, we had access to free wifi, workstations, computers and meals to be productive as we worked/walked throughout Durban ICC.

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Gauteng Tourism Signature Events

Gauteng Tourism Authority hosted an evening presentation where they showcased a collection of Signature Events hosted in Gauteng that attract travellers and brings more revenue to the province. Representatives from the various events took to the stage to share with us history behind their respective events.

Some of the events showcased include the following…

Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz

A monthly live jazz performance where South Africa jazz artists get an opportunity to showcase their talent in a soiree format where fine dinner is also served. Event is hosted at Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg a few kilometres away from OR Tambo International Airport.

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Moretele Tribute Concert

This is an annual concert to started at Orlando stadium (Soweto) in August 1998, then moved to present home Moretele Park Pretoria.

Event exclusively features South African established artists with emerging musicians sharing the same stage. Music icons such as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Abdullah Ibrahim and Jonas Gwangwa have all graced Moretele Park Tribute Concert stage over the 17th years of the event.

Moretele Tribute Concert founder

Moretele Tribute Concert founder

Sansui Summer Cup

SANSUI Summer Cup has an esteemed legacy of thoroughbred horse racing in Johannesburg. It is Johannesburg’s oldest and most respected first-grade horse race. It was first run in 1887, a year after the dusty mining camp that was to become Johannesburg sprang up on the farm Turffontein following the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand.

Global leader in consumer electronics SANSUI, first sponsored the day-night Summer Cup in 2009. Today, the SANSUI Summer Cup is the highlight of the Johannesburg feature-race season and remains one of the city’s most fashionable and sought-after social events.

TribeOne Dinokeng Festival

This world-class, three-day music festival will be the first of its kind on the African continent, and will be the African continent’s debut on the global music-festival circuit boasting a unique multi-day, multi-stage musical extravaganza yet to be experienced on African soil.

The inaugural ‘TribeOne: Dinokeng’ Music Festival will take place on 26th, 27th and 28th September 2014 (during heritage month and weekend) and will be the centrepiece of the multiple celebrations and initiatives that South Africa’s Capital City, the City of Tshwane, has set in motion to celebrate South Africa’s Heritage. As the festival’s inaugural year in 2014 coincides with South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy, the City of Tshwane will also use this world class music festival as the platform to celebrate this milestone in South Africa.

‘TribeOne: Dinokeng’ is a three-day music festival that will boast an electrifying mix of music genres across three main stages, with over 80 artists performing live on the ‘Thunder Valley’ and ‘Diamond Fields’ stages and more than 80 DJ’s playing live sets in the multiple ‘Dance Village’ domes.

In addition to the main stages, there will be more than 50 official staged busking points per day for emerging and unsigned talent, creating a platform for up to 150 unsigned artists. The festival aims to attract more than one hundred thousand music enthusiasts from around the globe.

After all the presentations we enjoyed a live performance by one of Durban’s music icons, Zakes Bantwini before hitting the sack.

Zakes Bantwini

Zakes Bantwini

Author: Muzi Mohale

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