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Bensusan Photographic Museum, SAB World of Beer, Johannesburg Zoo, Satyagraha House, Hillbrow Tower, Moyo Restaurants, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Sculpture Park, Brenthurst Gardens, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, Rand Easter Show, Apartheid Museum, Radium Beer Hall, Oriental Plaza, ABSA Art Gallery, The Bag Factory, Standard Bank Gallery, MuseuMAfricA
Like so many artists, poets and musicians, Enoch Sontonga only became a household name long after his death. And in case you’re wondering, he's the guy responsible for the writing of the first passage of the South African National Anthem.
Enoch Santonga was born in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape in the early 1870s and after finishing his schooling, he went on to train as a teacher. An active person, he delved into photography and wrote poems when he wasn’t teaching or preaching to his converts. One of his poems was titled Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika or Lord bless Africa, which became extremely popular and was later adopted by the African National Congress (the country’s ruling party) as their struggle anthem. The first verse was later incorporated into the South African anthem. Santonga died at a young age in 1905 and was buried in the Braamfontein cemetery in Johannesburg, however, his burial place was only discovered in 1994 by the National Monuments Council in a quest to locate and declare his gravesite as a national monument. On the day of declaration, Nelson Mandela unveiled the memorial park and bestowed the Order of Meritorious Service on him. The award was accepted by his granddaughter.
The Enoch Sontonga Memorial Park is a leafy, pleasant section of the Braamfontein cemetery that holds much history and is regarded as a cultural hotspot. Students use the route to reach the university alongside and the place appears more as a park than a sombre place of remembrance. Perhaps this is a good thing, Enoch Santonga’s work needs to be celebrated, after all, his words are sung everyday somewhere in South Africa.
Guests escape the noise and bustle of lodges by opting to stay in either fully self-catering or bed and breakfast cottages. Self-catering cottages are a home away from home and come fully equipped with everything guests need. Most self catering cottages also come with a cleaning service, Dstv, and a private patio/entertainment area. Guests who opt for bed and breakfast cottages enjoy their own private patio/entertainment area, luxury amenities, Dstv, and cleaning service. There is often a small kitchenette, if guests wish to do a little cooking, and a relaxing lounge area. Cottages are ideal for families, small groups of friends and couples wishing for a more private retreat.