History and heritage
One of Johannesburg's most recognised historic buildings, the old post office in Rissik Street, is being refurbished, the city has announced. It was built in 1897 and was declared a national monument in 1978. In November 2009, it was wrecked by a fire.
The city of Joburg honoured two of its greatest residents, giving them the Freedom of the City. George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni received the honour for their role in contributing to South Africa's freedom – "one a defender and the other a member of the defending legal team".
Freedom Park in Tshwane took part in International Day of Monuments and Sites, which fell on 18 April. Under the theme "The Heritage of Sport", schools participated by getting learners to prepare presentations that highlighted the importance of cultural heritage institutions.
Just how miraculous was SA's transition from apartheid to democracy? How close
did we come to civil war? Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days
leading up to Nelson Mandela's inauguration as President in 1994 - and see how
heavily the odds were stacked against the rainbow nation.
South Africa's public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the
significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A
day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and
recognition of the country's rich cultural history.
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