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Mahatma Gandhi once said “My life is my message” implying that his legacy would be the spoken word alone and not a tangible object, however, those who cherished the man felt the need to remember the... Show more

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Mahatma Gandhi once said “My life is my message” implying that his legacy would be the spoken word alone and not a tangible object, however, those who cherished the man felt the need to remember the sites touched by him during his years in South Africa and have restored the home he lived in between 1908 and 1909. The house is located in Johannesburg and named Satyagraha House or Gandhi House, and although he resided here for a short time, it was during this period that he formulated his concept of passive political resistance that he referred to as Satyagraha, an expression in Hindi Sanskrit meaning by force of truth.

Gandhi’s good friend Hermann Kallenbach, a successful Architect, built the home which he called the Kraal. Both he and Gandhi shared the home and Gandhi was later to convince Kallenbach to simplify his life. Both left the home in 1909 and travelled to Durban where Gandhi... Show more