Visit these historical landmarks in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa
Nelson Mandela Bridge:
Nelson Mandela Bridge is the largest cable stayed bridge in South Africa at 248 metres long. It connects Constitution Hill to Newtown and is part of Johannesburg’s inner city rejuvenation project. The bridge, opened by Nelson Mandela himself was awarded ‘the most outstanding civil engineering project achievement in the technical excellence category’ by the SA Institute of Civil Engineers in 2003. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup the bridge was fitted with new lighting technology that changes colour for vibrant night displays.
An acronym from the letters of the words South Western township, Soweto was given its name during the time of Apartheid. The large township grabbed the world’s attention in 1976 when its youth rose up in protest against the government’s educational policies. To commemorate the brave students of the Soweto uprising, South Africa celebrates youth day on the 16th June, declared a national public holiday. Today, officially part of the city of Johannesburg, Soweto is regarded as a place of culture, enterprise and innovation. Soweto is home to South Africa’s largest stadium built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Declared a national heritage site, Constitution Hill tells the story of South Africa’s turbulent past. It is the site of the Old Fort Prison Complex where innocent people were imprisoned before democracy was realized in South Africa. Now a place of education with the Number Four, Old Fort and Women’s Gaol museums, visitors can engage in a number of activities, programmes and guided tours to learn about the country’s transition into freedom.