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I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me

– Kwame Nkrumah

Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. In southern African culture,  the “self” is not separate from the world, it is united and intermingled with the natural and social environment. There is a Xhosa proverb that is common to all African cultures and languages, “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu,” (“A person is a person through persons”).

The vast majority of people living in Africa are indigenous; however, people from all over the world have migrated to Africa for hundreds of years.

Arabs began crossing into North Africa from the Middle East in the 7th century, A.D., bringing with them the religion of Islam. Europeans began settling in the southern portion of the continent in the mid-17th century, as did South Asians, who settled in the areas of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

APARTHEID MUSEUM

Apartheid was just yesterday, and to help you realize the significance of that, a visit to this museum is very worthwhile. Take in the exceptional work of historians, architects, and filmmakers offering a deeply immersive vision of the world of institutionalized segregation. A journey into the heart of darkness, and out again into the light. It is an emotional journey designed to encourage visitors to empower themselves with knowledge to prevent such horrors from happening again. The museum gardens offer visitors a space for reflection. The landscape is South African, and conveys the harsh beauty of our country.

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ZEITZ MOCAA

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa showcases diverse modern art from throughout the continent; it is the first major museum of its kind in all of Africa. Not to miss: Isaac Julien’s nine-screen projection Ten Thousand Waves is an astonishing experience. Chris Ofili’s blue painting or Nicolas Hlobo’s sculpture Dragon. El Loko’s installation of nine massive etched glass discs on the floor of an elevated sculpture garden are vertigo-inducing; you almost believe they could shatter from your weight and drop you 33 metres into the museum atrium below.

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CRADLE OF HUMANKIND

One of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa and renowned as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the North West. It boasts 13 excavation sites that are recognised as national heritage sites internationally. For those wanting to experience the birthplace of humankind firsthand, the official visitor centres for the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and the Sterkfontien Caves are within an easy hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

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