South African Tourism launched Gandhi-Inspired Tourist Attraction project

Oct 20, 2014 17:02 IST

South African Tourism launched Gandhi–Inspired Tourist Attraction project that identifies 13 places that were seminal in Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s time in South Africa. Under Department of Tourism of South Africa, South African Tourism launched the project in Johannesburg on 18 October 2014.

Besides, Gandhi webpage http://gandhi.southafrica.net/ was also launched which gives comprehensive details of Gandhi-related sites across South Africa.

The Gandhi-Inspired Tourist Attractions project makes Mahatma’s South Africa accessible to people who want to understand how South Africa shaped his conscience, his service to humanity and his great contribution to world history.

The 13 Gandhian sites spread across South Africa that includes
• The Old Court House Museum in Durban which contains a historic archive of Gandhi images.
• Pietermaritzburg Station where a statue now stands to mark the spot where Gandhi was thrown off a train because he was seated in a compartment reserved for white people only.
• Local Vishnu Temple in Ladysmith has a Gandhi statue to commemorate his time as a volunteer stretcher–bearer during the Anglo–Boer War from 1899 to 1900.
• Outside the Hamidia Mosque in Newtown, Johannesburg, a memorial depicts a symbolic cauldron to record Gandhi leading the burning in 1908 of pass books that all citizens who were not white were forced to carry at all times.
• The home of South Africa’s new Constitutional Court, built on the site of the Old Fort Prison in Johannesburg where Gandhi and later Nelson Mandela were imprisoned and other places.

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