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Named after a past leader of South Africa’s ruling party, the O. R. Tambo Cultural Precinct in Benoni outside of Johannesburg was built in recognition of Oliver Reginald Tambo’s contribution to South African society. Tambo was the lesser known partner (for those in the West at least) in the Tambo-Mandela legal firm of the early 1950s. He and Nelson Mandela had studied together and had formed a strong friendship before starting the practice. Tambo was to go on and lead the African National Congress for 24 years before passing away in 1993 at the age of 75. Key to his success as a leader was his great legal mind and negotiating skills and the O. R. Tambo Cultural Precinct is a fitting tribute to him.
The precinct is located in the Wattville township where he and his family lived for much of their lives and their gravesite has since been declared a National Heritage Site.
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