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Satyagraha Tour of South Africa 2015


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Led by Arun Gandhi, 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

“While Nelson Mandela is the father of South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi is our grandfather,” Harris Majeke, South Africa’s ambassador to India, said at a recent public gathering. “Mandela was inspired by the Satyagraha campaign led by Gandhi. It was a compelling act of passive protest against oppression. This would later inspire the formation of the African National Congress and strengthen Mandela’s belief in our shared humanity.”

As Gandhi scholar David Hardiman points out, Mandela never ceased regarding Gandhi as an inspiration, and, in fact, saw nonviolence as an integral part of the movement. “Violence and nonviolence are not mutually exclusive; it is the predominance of the one or the other that labels a struggle,” Mandela said.

Nelson Mandela said: “India sent a man to South Africa and we sent back a Mahatma Nelson Mandela said: India sent a man to South Africa and we sent back a Mahatma.”

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Satyagraha Tour of South Africa 2015

  1. 1. Pre-Optional Excursion to the Cradle of Humankind May 30, 2015 The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight South African World Heritage Sites. It is the world's richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils. Read more click here 5.29.2015 (arrive in Johannesburg by evening) Welcome to South Africa! On arrival you, make your way to the Hotel Shuttle Bus Terminal for your complimentary shuttle to the Emperor’s Palace Hotel (Approx 5 mins) 2 nights at Emperor’s Palace double occupancy on a Bed & Breakfast basis 5.30.2015 Cradle of Humankind Tour
  2. 2. 5.31.2015 Take the shuttle back to Johannesburg Airport Flight South African Airways from Johannesburg (JNB) to Durban (DUR) Quotation prices are valid and applicable for 24 hours due to flight rate changes so we encourage you to book now. The Per Person cost: - per person sharing (Approx USD $600) - single supplement (Approx USD $155) The above includes: - Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis - Sterkfontein Cave: Famous for fossils finds of Mrs. Ples / little foot which can be seen through new walkways. Guided Tour: lime stone and rock formations. - Maropeng Museum: Guided Tour: see replica of fossil and distinct animals. - Complimentary airport shuttle transfers - Flight South African Airways from Johannesburg The above is based on today's rate of exchange and is subject to change. Please hurry and finalize your arrangements.
  3. 3. Satyagraha Legacy Tour of South Africa May 31 – June 15, 2015 Gandhiji, as a satyagrahi, in South Africa Led by Dr. Arun Gandhi
  4. 4. Day 1: May 31 2015 Fly into Durban International Airport Arrive in Durban International Airport, South Africa and transfer to the hotel to rest after the journey and have dinner followed by a presentation by tour leaders Dr. Arun Gandhi and his son Tushar Gandhi and an introduction by field guide on the history of South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu) first arrived in South Africa in May 23, 1893. Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu) spent 21 years in South Africa. Gandhi’s concept and technique of non-violence (Satyagraha) originated in South Africa. The account of Bapu’s twenty-one years in which his influence was fundamental to the development of the whole freedom struggle. To know that history is to understand the history of the present moment. To understand its significance for peace, not only in South Africa, but in the world, is an essential duty for all who care about the future of our planet earth. Bapu stated he was born in India but was made in South Africa. Nelson Mandela said, "South Africa received him as MK Gandhi and returned him to India as Mahatma Gandhi." Accommodations: Meals: Dinner At 7:30 PM the group will meet Dr. Arun Gandhi Satyagraha Legacy Tour 2015 Cost: $4750US(*) Tour itinerary does not include international airfare
  5. 5. Day 2: June 1: South African Historical Overview Today we explore some of the broader aspects of South African history because it is important to put the country into perspective with regards to the challenges faced today as we continue to reconcile our past struggle with the current one. Few names conjure up more powerful images than that of the: Zulu “King” Shaka, Dr. John Dube, Albert Luthuli, MK Gandhi, and Mandela The sheer mention of the name Zulu has resounded throughout colonial Natal and across the Western world, and the story of this people’s fearlessness and iron fired discipline has become the stuff of legend. The people were transformed from being a minor, insignificant clan into a mighty nation and finally –an empire under the chieftainship of the famous warrior –King, Shaka. This nation was to strike fear into the hearts of neighboring tribes. We visit Shaka’s last great military citadel and the site of his grave where he was assassinated by his half brother Dingane. Your guide will keep you enthralled with tales of this incredible nation whilst you marvel at the scenery and daily village life unfolding before your very eyes.
  6. 6. We move onto the home (and museum) of Africa’s first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1960 and the President of the African National Congress – Chief Albert Luthuli - a giant of a leader, way ahead of his time. He had been arrested on a charge of high treason, released and then repeatedly banned and arrested. The home in Groutville, KwaDukuza reflects a highly emotive period in South Africa’s history Luthuli’s ecclesiastical tradition, Congregationalism, imbedded within him the primacy of democracy, education and multi-rationalism propelling him to the heights of political leadership. It’s a short drive to the Ohlange Institute, a school founded in 1900 by John Dube, first President of the African National Congress. Visitors to the Institute will see where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in the first ever democratic elections in 1994. Find out more about Dube in the museum dedicated to his life and legacy, and pay their respects to this great man at his grave site and monument. The nearby Inanda Seminary, established in 1869, was the first secondary school founded exclusively for African girls in southern Africa. The beautiful and highly secure educational environment is a verdant oasis in the sprawling Inanda Township. The active campus educates close to four hundred students amongst ten historic buildings, the oldest being Rev. Daniel Lindley’s mission house, built in 1858. Many of South Africa’s most powerful and influential women in government, business and the non-profit world received their education at this school during the height of Apartheid. All of the above sites have a clear link with Sir Marshall Campbell who had previously owned the land.
  7. 7. Summary Southern African historical overview visiting: Home (and museum) of Chief Albert Luthuli The Phoenix Property and the family home, Sarvodaya (Welfare of All) Ohlange Institute founded by the Reverend John Langalibalele Dube: Dube’s settlement included a school and training facilities for various trades. Reverend Dube co-founded the Natal Native Congress in 1900 and which became the African National Congress (ANC) in 1912 Brief on pre-history Australopithecus africanus (southern ape-man) & Homo sapiens; first- nation San/Bushman; Arrival in south-eastern region of iron-age man; emergence of the amaZulu; European arrivals; Indentured labor with the first Indians arriving on the SS Truro and the arrival in Durban of a young, British trained attorney. Accommodations: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  8. 8. Day 3: June 2 1906 Gandhi's Move to Phoenix Settlement After breakfast at the hotel we will board our vehicle and travel to visit Durban Waterfront where Mahatma Gandhi would of come in on the S. S. Safari. Enjoy a moment to envision what it was like when Bapu first arrived from Bombay on the boat after his long journey. Along the way enjoy glimpses of the breathtaking views of the "Golden Mile" coastline. We will visit the Harbor area (Mahatma Gandhi Road) where Gandhi first arrived May 23, 1893. We will drive by Cato Creek area where the crowd of white artisans gathered on January 13, 1897 to prevent Indian passengers of the Courland & Naderi from disembarking. Gandhi was advised to disembark separately along Cato Creek and where he was assaulted by the crowd. We visit Durban Magistrate's Courts (Old Court House Museum) erected in 1866, the first place Gandhi visited when he arrived to South Africa as a young lawyer. The Old Court House Museum in Durban is one of the oldest buildings around and has witnessed many of South Africa’s important events. On May 23 1893, Gandhi was taken by Dada Abdullah to the Courts so that he could be acquainted with local legal procedures. The turban saga and the spat with the magistrate unfold...
  9. 9. We visit the old Durban Railway Station Building. It was at this site that Gandhi embarked on June 7 1893 on the fateful train journey that, in later years, he regarded as having changed the course of his life. Drive by Ferguson's corner - where Gandhi's legal practices were based between 1895 and 1896. Next we travel to the Phoenix Settlement and visit some of the Gandhi Development Trust’s projects focusing on education. The Trust works within the local community to promote Gandhian principles in education. They produce a monthly newspaper and organize conferences and events where these principles and teachings are explored. “Gandhi: True Education; What is the meaning of education? It simply means a knowledge of letter. It is merely an instrument, and an instrument may be well used or abused. Therefore, whether you take elementary education or higher education, it is not required for the main thing. It does not make men of us. It does not enable us to do our duty. In its place it can be of use and it has its place when we have brought our senses under subjection and out our ethics on a firm foundation. Our ancient school system is enough. Character building has the first place in it and that is primary education. A building erected on that foundation will last.”
  10. 10. June 2, 1906 The MK Gandhi family moves to the Phoenix Settlement. Today our visit to the Phoenix (Ashram) Settlement coincides with the anniversary date of the MK Gandhi family move-in date. Lunch: Gandhi Development Trust - Meet with the Gandhi Family members to engage a discussion about the principles of Satyagraha and Gandhiji's South African history. After a morning learning about the Trust followed by lunch, we will visit some historic sites associated with Gandhi’s time in South Africa. The period Gandhi spent in South Africa has often been described as his spiritual and political apprenticeship because it was within the contract of South African political and social life that Gandhi developed his philosophy and practice of Satyagraha from his law practice at 326-328 Smith Street, Durban. We visit Gandhi’s home at Phoenix Settlement, established in December 1904 on a farm approximately 26 kilometers from Durban. Gandhi purchased the 100 acres, with a spring and a few oranges and mango trees for 1000 pounds. This home has a very spiritual feel and we visit the building that housed his printing press from which he published The Indian Opinion. This is the home Arun Gandhi, Ela Gandhi and their older sister Sita were raised by Gandhi’s second son Manilal Gandhi and his wife Sushila. The Phoenix Settlement established by Mahatma Gandhi is on the north western edge of Inanda about 25km from central Durban. It is comprised of 100 acres of land with several main buildings clustered together on a small hill known as the Apex area. Throughout its long history, the Settlement played an important role both from the spiritual and political of view, in promoting justice, peace and equality. The Settlement was an experiment in communal living, a way to eliminate one's needless possessions and to live in a society with full equality. Gandhi moved his newspaper, the Indian Opinion, and its workers to the Phoenix Settlement as well as his own family a bit later. Besides a building for the press, each community member was allotted three acres of land on which to
  11. 11. build a dwelling made of corrugated iron. In addition to farming, all members of the community were to be trained and expected to help with the newspaper. The Main Buildings of the Phoenix Settlement that Mahatma Gandhi are: • International Printing Press • Mahatma Gandhi Museum and Library • Mahatma Gandhi Health Clinic • Kasturba Gandhi Primary School • 'Kasturbavahn' the house built and lived in by Gandhi's son Manilal and wife Sushila, their children Sita, Arun and Ela. • 'Shanti' built by the Girl Guide Movement
  12. 12. The Gandhi Development Trust is an organization promoting the Gandhian philosophy in the country and internationally in order to create a better world. Further interaction and discussion about the principles of Satyagraha with the tour participants. We return to dinner at the hotel. Accommodations: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Arun Gandhi Durban Leela: Ela Gandhi Huff Gandhi's Granddaughter: Ela Gandhi Huff Gandhi, Mideast, South Africa:
  13. 13. Day 4: June 3: Hluhluwe Game Reserve After Breakfast we have a planned from Durban to visit to Hlulhuwe Safari Game Reserve The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is situated on the east coast of South Africa; it's the oldest game and nature reserve in KwaZulu Natal, in central Zululand. The game reserve features the Big 5, it's where King Shaka used to hunt and known as his royal hunting grounds. It has the largest population of the white rhino in the world. Most of the rhino’s in zoos and other safari reserves come from the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. This reserve was established as a safari park in 1895 and the closest city is Durban. It is one hour from the Mozambique boarder. President Mandela visited the park in 1995 when he was the leader of the country on the park’s 100th anniversary. Accommodations: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  14. 14. Day 5: June 4: Visit Child Welfare Phoenix Today we will make a visit to the Child Welfare Phoenix: Presentation Schedule, Snacks and Tea The Phoenix Child & Family Welfare Society is committed to providing services and resources for the protection of children and preservation of families through developmental programs in the communities of Phoenix and Inanda. Phoenix Child Welfare is one of the tenth largest welfare organizations in the country. The society is affiliated to Child Welfare South Africa and is a member of Ubuntu Community Chest. We will visit the Mariannhill Monastery near Pinetown which was establish by Roman Catholic monks over 100 years ago, and is a local landmark with striking architecture. The Monastery is involved in the development of the surrounding communities, has an art gallery featuring the works of the local artist and a fascinating museum detailing the monastery’s rich history.
  15. 15. Mahatma Gandhi used to pay visits here and gained his inspiration to live a more simple life. He learned to the importance of making things by your own hands, this is where he learned to make sandals. Ela Gandhi speaks more about Gandhiji's time at Mariannhill Monastery Stephen Bantu Biko, Founder of the Black Consciousness Movement attended secondary school at Mariannhill Monastery. In 1964, he was admitted to St. Francis College, a missionary school situated in Mariannhill Montastery, and this is where he became focused on exploring the contradictions between Christian liberal teachings and the experience of black people. Accommodations: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  16. 16. Day 6: June 5: Valley of the Thousand Hills The Valley Trust The Valley Trust is a Center for Health Promotion founded in 1953 in the Valley of Thousand Hills in KwaZulu Natal, but now working throughout the province. Its vision is to build communities in which people take responsibility for improving their own health and quality of life within a democratic society. They do this by design and engagement in integrated processes with people, aimed at bringing about developmental changes at the individual, organizational, and whole systems levels.
  17. 17. They believe All people have potential All people have choices All people have equal rights Good health and sustainable development require positive interactions between people in their environments. The Valley Trust Programs: 1. Promotion of Child Health and Development Program 2. Valley Youth Leadership Development Program 3. Health Communication Program 4. Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Project 5. Health Referral System Strengthening Project 6. Integrated and Sustainable Livelihoods Program 7. Participatory Video Program 8. Older Programs We will travel through Botha Hills home to many talented artists and crafters, who work in a variety of mediums, from wood, metal and clay to glass beads, fabrics and wax. Many of these crafters and artist started along the 1000 Hills route. Studios and galleries are open to visitors so we can see how products are created and purchase work that is unique to the area. Community development is a major focus in the area. The Valley Trust has been involved in uplifting rural communities for over 50 years, and is a model of excellence for development initiatives throughout Africa. Accommodations: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Rocks, Durban Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  18. 18. Day 7: June 6: Travel to Pietermartizburg Travel distance between Durban and Pietermartizburg - 41 miles | 67.58 km After breakfast, pack luggage, hotel check out and load onto bus. We begin the morning with a visit to 1000 Hills Community Helpers founded by Dawn Leppan and Alan Paton, author of Cry, The Beloved Country. The organization was first established in 1989, originally as a program to feed those in poverty and suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS. After seeing the overwhelming amount of people in need, it was concluded that something more would need to be done, thus founding 1000 Hills Community Helpers. After our visit with Dawn Leppan, we transfer by Coach to Pietermaritzburg – political capital city of Kwa Zulu Natal. Pietermartizburg is the location of the station infamous for officials ordering the Mahatma off of the train to Pretoria – Gandhi regarded this incident as having changed the course of his life. Dinner & Overnight Accommodations: Protea Hotel Imperial
  19. 19. Day 8: June 7 1893 Retracing Gandhi's Footsteps A brief walk through the station and dry by the bronze statue honoring Gandhi on Church Street, in the city center. Prepare for the journey that follows Gandhi's footsteps from Durban to Johannesburg, to the exit of the stop where he was tossed out of the train because of his color. An important moment in his history that changed the course of his life forever. A brief stop will allow you to get a feel for what Gandhi experienced when he was expelled from the train at this when he questioned the segregation of non-whites and whites on the journey. Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu) first arrived in South Africa in May 1893. He had only been in South Africa for about a week when he was asked to take the long trip from Natal to the capital of the Dutch-governed Transvaal province of South Africa for his case. It was to be a several day trip, including transportation by train and by stagecoach. When Bapu boarded the first train of his journey at the Pietermartizburg station, railroad officials told Bapu that he needed to transfer to the third-class passenger car. When Bapu, who was holding first-class passenger tickets, refused to move, a policeman came and threw him off the train. Bapu was kicked off of the train in South Africa on June 7 1893 due to racism and where he was left shivering in the cold through the night at the station. The young Gandhi was unaware of the racial prejudices existing in South Africa at that time. This was his first bitter experience of racism in South Africa and as he said later this experience transformed his life. Harsh experiences like these firmly planted the seeds of resistance in him against race discrimination. After our visit at to the train station, we will depart early making our way to Spioenkop: In 1899, Gandhi formed the voluntary Indian Ambulance Corp after calling on Indians who demanded full citizenship, to support the war effort. We will continue to Spioenkop Battlefield where we learn about the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and the Gandhi/Indian history. Gandhi Boer War 1899 in the uniform of a warrant officer of the Indian Ambulance Corps.
  20. 20. From there we will stop at the Nelson Mandela Capture spot. On August 5, 1962, Nelson Mandela was arrested in the nearby town of Howick to the north of Pietermaritzburg. The arrest marked the beginning of Nelson Mandela's 27 years of imprisonment. A small monument has been erected at the location of his arrest. We visit the museum and capture spot. We continue on to the Volksrust Old Prison where Mohandas Gandhi was incarcerated in 1913. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Lunch en-route, arrive in Johannesburg in early evening and check into hotel. Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, Sandton-Woodmead
  21. 21. Day 9: June 8: Retracing Apartheid History Today we will visit the Apartheid Museum and Soweto to learn more about South Africa’s struggle for freedom from racial injustice. The Apartheid Museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. In order to understand what apartheid South Africa was really like a visit to this museum is an important stop. The museum shows how South Africa came to terms with its oppressive past and works towards a future that all South Africans call their own. From there, we will visit the Hector Pieterson Museum, in Soweto, two blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed. The museum is named in his honor.
  22. 22. Our next stop is Soweto an urban area of the city Johannesburg. The area is mostly composed of old "matchbox" houses, or four-room houses built by the government, that were built to provide cheap accommodation for black workers during apartheid. Steve Biko and the BCM played a significant role in organizing protests which culminated in the Soweto Uprising June 16, 1976. Nelson Mandela lived in Soweto (South Western Township) for many years. We will have lunch in Soweto before we travel back to Johannesburg. We will return to Johannesburg via Gandhi Square where there is a statute of young Gandhi in downtown Johannesburg, close to where Bapu had his offices and the site of the original law courts. At one point Gandhi also lived for a time behind his law office. Gandhi used to patronize this early Johannesburg restaurant located in central Johannesburg, close to Gandhi’s’ office called Alexandra Tea Room. We will see the Hamidia Mosque the site of the first act of Gandhi’s Satyagraha campaign. The burning of registration certificates in mass by 3000 Muslims, Hindus and Christians in resistance to the requirement that all Asian’s carry identity certificates. Our next visit Constitution Hill, the current house of parliament and Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison, a jail where Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were both held. Also commonly known as Number Four, where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy in 1994. We then meet the organizers of Graca Machel Trust and visit the property site for their new hospital project Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.
  23. 23. Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel "The Graça Machel Trust is a platform to embrace, nurture, enable and inspire women and children to soar to the fullest of their potential. It consolidates the work of its founder, Mrs Graça Machel and seeks to build her legacy, empower new generations to take up the challenges of their times and create caring societies that value social justice. Leveraging her access to key national, regional and global networks and champions, the Trust amplifies the voices of those who otherwise might not be heard in certain spaces." Graça Machel Recently, Arun Gandhi was honored by and accepted an invitation from former South Africa First Lady Mrs. Graca Machel to lend his support to Nelson Mandela’s final and perhaps most desired legacy, a better health and medical care for the children of Africa. After our meeting, we will visit a companion museum to the Hector Pieterson Museum nearby is Mandela House, the former home of Nelson Mandela and his family, which has been run as a museum since 1997. From there we will drive pass the homes of Nobel Peace Prize winners Former President Nelson Manadela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. We will be meeting with leaders from the Steve Biko Foundation, a community development organization inspired by the legacy of Bantu Stephen Biko. "Black is Beautiful" Steve Biko was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in East Cape Town, a medical student who became active in apartheid in 1960 when he was studying medicine. He founded the Black Consciousness Movement which empowered and
  24. 24. mobilized much of the urban black population. Biko was arrested on Aug 18, 1977 in Cape Town. He died in police custody September 12, 1977, in Pretoria, South Africa. Steve Biko 1945 – 1964 The Early Years A beautiful quote from the Early Years presentation: “At the heart of the Black Consciousness Movement is the realization by blacks that the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. If one is free at heart, no man-made chains can bind one to servitude but if one’s mind is so manipulated and controlled by the oppressor then there will be nothing the oppressed can do to scare his powerful masters.” Steve Biko, I Write What I Like Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Stephen Biko leadership joins us for dinner. We will dine with the Biko Foundation representatives at the highly rated Indian restaurant in Johannesburg called Swad Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, Sandton-Woodmead!exhibit:exhibitId=AQq1-VUP
  25. 25. Day 10: June 9: A Day In Pretoria, South Africa In 1894 Gandhi helped found the Natal Indian Congress, to unify local Indians into a political force, and became the first secretary. In September of the same year, Gandhi became the first Indian to be enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Natal. Gandhi felt firsthand what it was like to be discriminated upon, he struggled to find a hotel in Johannesburg and the Grand National Hotel would not allow him to eat in hotel dining room. The Central Baptist Church turned Gandhi away and would not let him enter a white church. At the meeting held in the Empire Theater in Johannesburg, Gandhi introduced the idea of Satyagraha resistance through non-cooperative, non-violent action and sacrifice. Gandhi coined the word Satyagraha from “sat” meaning truth and “agraha” meaning force. Satyagraha is commonly taken to mean passive resistance, a term that Gandhi did not like. Satyagraha is not passive. It means Truth-Force, i.e. the power of moral truth to bring about change through resistance.
  26. 26. We will begin the day with a visit the Voortrekker Monument. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country. Gandhi's concept of non-violence did not include passivity or cowardice in the face of violence or the abdication of one's duty. Gandhi offered his services freely during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899. He formed an Indian Volunteer Ambulance Corps of 1400 men, many of whom were traders and professionals. They saw to the needs of the sick and wounded and often worked in the thick of battle in areas such as Spioenkop, Colenso and Ladysmith. For their efforts, members of the Corps were decorated with medals. We will also stop at the close by Freedom Park which pays tribute to all deserving South Africans who played a meaningful role in shaping the nation. We will visit Jan Smuts Irene Home. Jan Smuts along with J.B.M. Hertzog, were the architects of implementing segregation in South Africa. After spending the morning learning more about the Afrikaner history of South Africa, we will travel on to Pretoria where we will have lunch. Bapu was on his way to Pretoria when he was tossed out of the train at Pietermaritzburg Station. Pretoria is one hour outside of Johannesburg. Bapu went to Pretoria because he wanted to change the segregation laws using a peaceful protest. He organized his first successful peaceful protest here because he did not break any laws. Bantu Stephen Biko died in police custody September 12, 1977 in Pretoria, South Africa. On September 11, 1977 Biko was transported to Pretoria central prison, a twelve-hour journey, naked, without medical escort, in the back of a police Land Rover. He died on the floor of an empty cell in Pretoria Central Prison. South Africa was robbed of one of its foremost political thinkers. We will also include a visit to the Mariammen’ Temple in Marabastad, one of the few examples of Indian Hindu, temple architecture in South Africa, this iconic landmark is also a national monument and is the oldest temple in Pretoria. Lunch in Pretoria Dinner at Concious108: Motto: Kindness, a Vegan Menu Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, Sandton-Woodmead
  27. 27. Day 11: June 10: Kathrada Foundation Nelson Mandela Foundation Meeting with the Robben Islanders During the inaugural Gandhi Satyagraha Tour of South Africa 2014, the delegations has the opportunity to participate in a historic gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, with several of whom were imprisoned with Mandela for decades and then went on to play important roles in the re-establishment of the post-apartheid government. This is a partial account of that amazing time together. Nelson Mandela Foundation: Meeting with the Robben Islanders: After our visit with Ahmed “Uncle Kathy” Kathrada, Robben Islanders and the Kathrada Foundation Leadership, we will have lunch and visit Liliesleaf, a place of liberation. On 11 July 1963, a dramatic police raid took place at Liliesleaf. Concealed inside a laundry van, a number of security branch policemen made their way down a long, dusty driveway. Members of the MK high command were meeting to discuss a contested strategy to overthrow the government. The raid took them completely by surprise. In the search that followed, the police combed every square centimeter of the property, and collected masses of liberation struggle documents. The security police proclaimed that they had 'hit the jackpot'. For the apartheid government, the event was a coup. For the liberation movement, it was a crippling blow. Comrades Bernstein, Goldberg, Goldreich, Hepple, Kathrada,
  28. 28. Mbeki, Mhlaba and Sisulu were detained. The farm laborers, who were oblivious of the true purpose of Liliesleaf, were also rounded up and taken into police custody. At this stage no one knew what would happen to them. Following the raid, they were joined by Nelson Mandela, who at the time of the raid was serving a five year prison sentence, as well as Andrew Mlangeni and Elias Motsoaledi, fellow comrades who had been arrested prior to the raid. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express, Sandton-Woodmead
  29. 29. Day 12: June 11: Johannesburg to Cape Town Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation Today is a travel day: Fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to Johannesburg Airport Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town On arrival meet your Cape Town Guide Lunch at the V&A Waterfront enjoying amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Top Mountain, and Table Bay Harbor where the Robben Island ferry departs and arrives. photo: Arun Gandhi and Rev. Mpho Tutu at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation offices during the First Satyagraha Tour of South Africa 2014. Afternoon visit with Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cape Town, Western Cape
  30. 30. Day 13: June 12 1964 Robben Island and Uthando (Love) A day of touring to Robben Island and Uthando (Love) Part day with Uthando. Unthando (Love) South Africa, a unique and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredit company. The aim of Uthando is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa. This field trip gives us an insight into the remarkable stories that make life in South Africa so interesting, dynamic and very importantly, inspiring. The tours are interactive, meeting the people at the projects, learning about their work and way of life, firsthand. Visit Robben Island - From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Once “home” to some of South Africa’s most famous political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. The day of our visit June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela received a life sentence for committing sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government, avoiding a possible death sentence. In the afternoon you will have a chance to either enjoy shopping Waterfront as we return around 14h00.
  31. 31. Day 14: June 13: District 6 Museum Table Mountain - Bo-Kaap - Slave Lodge District 6 Museum In the morning visit the District 6 Museum - District 6 was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant center with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the process of removals and marginalization had begun. Continue to Table Mountain take a trip up the cable car for a Geographical overview of the city. Have lunch at Bo-Kaap Kombuis, Bo Kaap. This so-
  32. 32. called colored community has its origins in slavery and roughly 1/3 slaves originally came from India. We embark on a walking tour of Company’s Garden, providing historical context of the Dutch/British periods slavery and apartheid. Visit the Slave Lodge - The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The many names of the building over three centuries – Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum – reflect the long and rich history of the building. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cape Town, Western Cape
  33. 33. Day 15: June 14: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour Cape Peninsula - At the tip of the Cape Peninsula 60 km south-west of Cape Town, lies Cape , a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park; a declared Natural World Heritage Site. Boulders Beach - There are few places in the world where you can get this close to a breeding colony of penguins, one of very few mainland penguin colonies.
  34. 34. Seal Island - home to 75,000 Cape Fur ls, 24 different bird species and the hunting ground of the Great White Shark. En route to the island the views are truly spectacular, with Cape in the distance to your right, Table Mountain and the Constantia wine route to your left and ahead, the majestic Hottentot's Holland mountain range. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express Cape Town, Western Cape
  35. 35. Day 16: June 15, 2014 Return Home Check out of the hotel and transfer to Cape Town Airport in time for your flight home. OR Additional Optional Excursions Available Optional Excursions can be arranged for - 3 nights in Victoria Falls 3 Day Safari Kruger National Park 6 night Safari stay in Tanzania with a visit to a Masai Village and a Hadzabe Tribe and learn about their fascinating history and culture.
  36. 36. South Africa Tour Includes: Accommodations based on double occupancy Services of a qualified tour guide • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) including gratuity • 1 internal flights (Johannesburg – Cape Town) Bottled water on vehicles (1 each for airport transfers, 2 each for full day touring •Arun Gandhi and Tushar Gandhi Leading the Tour South Africa Tour Excludes : International Airline Flights • Passports, Visas and Permits • Immunization, inoculation and medication • All other items of a personal nature • All services not specified above All other items of personal nature All meals not specified Drinks NOT INCLUDED Travel Insurance
  37. 37. Please Note Prices are subject to change without notice due to supplier, currency rate changes, government bed levy, sales tax, VAT, fuel and any other unforeseen increases; Flights For flight bookings, we require a copy of all passengers’ passports. Airlines require the full names of passengers as printed on the passports and will not accept changes once tickets are issued for security purposes. The company accepts no responsibility for incorrect passport numbers or incorrect spelling of full names. (Any additional charges for changes to flight tickets will be for the clients’ account). Passengers weighing 100kg (220lbs) or more must please notify us in advance as an extra seat must be reserved and costed into the booking. For light aircraft transfers your consultant might request all passenger’s weights as part of the booking and confirmation process, this information is required for light aircraft transfer company’s, for weight distribution and balancing of aircraft requirements. In the instance where an airline is grounded for whatever reason (e.g. bad weather), while the company will facilitate the booking of new or alternative transport services, the settlement of such requirements will be for the clients’ account. Should the client qualify for any flight refunds the company will facilitate the refund process. Please note airline refunds take between 6-8 weeks in any normal circumstance. Please note that the luggage allowance on all Southern Africa flights is 20 kg (44lbs) per person. In addition to this, luggage needs to be soft sided (no wheels or rigid frames for Botswana or East Africa) for scheduled charter flights and cannot be overly large or bulky. The allowance for scheduled charter flights in East Africa is 15 kg (33lbs). Minimum connecting times We request that you advise us of your exact International arrival/departure dates and times and to ensure that the minimum connecting times are adhered to. Guideline as follows:
  38. 38. International/domestic (in either direction) & International/international flights - 1 & ½ hours (We strongly recommend at least 2 hours to ensure a smooth and stress-free transit). Domestic/domestic flights - 1 hour (we recommend a bit more than an hour) Passports Please note that your passport must have two consecutive side by side blank visa pages (i.e. a left and a right hand page). Should you passport not comply with these requirements, you will either not be permitted to board the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival at your destination. Furthermore, please note that passengers entering many African Countries (including but not limited to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia) must have passports valid for at least 6 months after the travel entry date. Failure to adhere to this regulation may result in immediate deportation to the country of origin at own cost to the client. Changes to Terms and Conditions Gandhi Legacy Tour reserves the right to make changes to the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice.