How to Celebrate Freedom Day in Johannesburg

On  27 April we will be commemorating our country’s first democratic election, which took place in 1994. In order to celebrate our freedom we must be knowledgeable of the past. We’ve compiled a list of things to do, at home and away to pay homage to our history.

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Going Out

Vilakazi Street

Soweto is one of the most famous urban areas in Joburg and it holds a tonne of our history. Why not grab the family and friends and head to the most visited streets in this urban area.

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Lilliesleaf Farm

Not many people are familiar with the history behind Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. In the early ’60s, the property was the headquarters for covert, underground activities and a safe house for many leading figures of the liberation movement. Today, it is a heritage site which stands for the proclamation for freedom.

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Constitution Hill

The remnants of an old fort and holding cells for political prisoners has been turned into the domain of South Africa’s Constitutional Court and proclaimed a national heritage site. Constitution Hill is in Braamfontein – just up the road from the train station and deserves your attention.

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Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. This makes it one of the best spots to celebrate Freedom Day.

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Freedom Park

Though it’s not in Johannesburg it still deserves our attention – besides, Pretoria is pretty much Joburg’s little brother anyway. Freedom Park celebrates South Africa’s heritage. It is a centre of knowledge aimed at deepening the understanding of the nation. It strives to accommodate all of the country’s experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story.

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Staying In

Movie Marathon

Hollywood is in love with our stories of trials, tribulation and success. And why shouldn’t they be? We’ve got a very rich history. Why not rent Invictus, Mandela: a Long Walk to Freedom and Cry Freedom and have yourself a little movie marathon. Don’t forget the popcorn! We’ll take extra butter, please.


If there is one thing which unites us more than when the Springboks win a match it’s the fact that we love our braais. Why not invite the buddies over and celebrate the day which shaped our nation. If you’re keen to try out our very own marinade recipe, click here.

Books to Read

Why not skip the movie marathon and grab one of these books for your reading pleasure: Steve Biko’s I write What I Like, Breyten Breytenbach’s The Confessions of an Albino Terrorist or Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. It’s a good excuse to curl up in bed as the April weather takes a turn.

Comfort Food for the Family

If you’d rather have an intimate and relaxed meal with the family, why not click here and have a look at our awesome comfort food ideas.

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