My Last Day in Africa
Trip Start Aug 26, 2012
129Trip End Dec 22, 2013
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It took me about 4hrs to get through the museum and I was rushing at the end mainly due to the freezing cold air conditioning
The temporary exhibition (which is actually not that temporary as it has been there for four years) was about Nelson Mandela’s life through seven themes; character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman. It was fantastic and exactly what I was hoping to find at Robben Island in Cape Town. At the end you then got to participate in the exhibition by choosing a colored stick that matches a set of Mandela quotes that best resonates with you and place it in a holder along the walk way.
Afterwards I continued on to the next sections and learned about some of the history of the different cultures in SA pre-apartheid, the history of how apartheid came about, the years of race classification, the 150 acts of apartheid, detentions, and the oppression of the nationalist regime
I’m so glad I went to the museum as I had been bothered about what I was seeing in South Africa. I came away with a better understanding of the past and present because unfortunately apartheid does still exist in many forms today. For as many years as apartheid was in force, I’m afraid it will take that many years and maybe more for it to be truly eradicated from South Africa; until the generations who participated and remember apartheid are gone. My hope would be that it is sooner rather than later.
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