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MANDELA SPURS TOURISM SURGE

South Africa is expecting a tourism boom following Mandela’s passing, coinciding with the release of the new film biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ in January 2014, the Herald Sun reported.

“Not only is there a significant influx of foreign visitors to our destination, but domestic travel will rise too as people travel to attend memorial events, to be present at the funeral in Qunu and embark on the annual festive season holiday period,” South African president Jacob Zuma said.

More than 100 current and former heads of state travelled to South Africa in order to attend the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in Nasrec yesterday.

Visitors to South Africa can visit Mandela’s home town, the prison where he was jailed for 27 years and eat at the Mandela family restaurant, all in attempt to understand a nation’s battle for liberty.

Tourists can visit Robben Island, now a World Heritage listed site, where Mandela was locked away from 1963 to 1990, plotting the abolition of the racist apartheid regime.

“Mandela opened up our beautiful country to the rest of the world and his name alone has attracted millions of tourists wanting to walk in his footsteps to South Africa every year,” South African Tourism chief executive Thulani Nzima said.

Mandela ... The Book


Mandela- the Book: Just recently our editorial staff received a beautifully bound book on the life and times of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's gift to the world. We will present our review of this timely treasury on this website and in coming editions of Africa Travel Magazine. We will also give you the details and how you can obtain your personal copy, which we are sure yoiu will value for a lifetime. Jerry W. Bird, Editor

Profile of Nelson R. Mandela
From ANC Web Site

 

Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing. Locked up in his cell during daylight hours, deprived of music, both these simple pleasures were denied him for decades. With his fellow prisoners, concerts were organized when possible, particularly at Christmas time, where they would sing. Nelson Mandela finds music very uplifting, and takes a keen interest not only in European classical music but also in African choral music and the many talents in South African music. But one voice stands out above all - that of Paul Robeson, whom he describes as our hero.

The years in jail reinforced habits that were already entrenched: the disciplined eating regime of an athlete began in the 1940s, as did the early morning exercise. Still today Nelson Mandela is up by 4.30 am, irrespective of how late he has worked the previous evening. By 5 am he has begun his exercise routine that lasts at least an hour. Breakfast is by 6.30, when the days newspapers are read. The day s work has begun.

With a standard working day of at least 12 hours, time management is critical and Nelson Mandela is extremely impatient with unpunctuality, regarding it as insulting to those you are dealing with.

When speaking of the extensive traveling he has undertaken since his release from prison, Nelson Mandela says: I was helped when preparing for my release by the biography of Pandit Nehru, who wrote of what happens when you leave jail. My daughter Zinzi says that she grew up without a father, who, when he returned, became a father of the nation. This has placed a great responsibility of my shoulders. And wherever I travel, I immediately begin to miss the familiar - the mine dumps, the color and smell that is uniquely South African, and, above all, the people. I do not like to be away for any length of time. For me, there is no place like home.

Mandela accepted the Nobel Peace Prize as an accolade to all people who have worked for peace and stood against racism. It was as much an award to his person as it was to the ANC and all South Africa s people. In particular, he regards it as a tribute to the people of Norway who stood against apartheid while many in the world were silent.

We know it was Norway that provided resources for farming; thereby enabling us to grow food; resources for education and vocational training and the provision of accommodation over the years in exile. The reward for all this sacrifice will be the attainment of freedom and democracy in South Africa, in an open society which respects the rights of all individuals. That goal is now in sight, and we have to thank the people and governments of Norway and Sweden for the tremendous role they played.

More of Nelson Mandela Profile to come