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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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For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.