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NELSON MANDELA: HERO OF SOUTH AFRICA
Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in Umtata in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. He was the son of Henry Mandela, a chief of the Tembu Royal House. Young Nelson was educated at a mission school in the Transkei in the Eastern Cape and continued on to the University of Fort Hare. He was expelled in 1940 for his role in a student strike but he completed his B.A. degree through Unisa in 1958. A banning order was placed upon him between 1953-1958 and he was ordered to resign officially from the African National Congress. In 1952 he was arrested, charged and banned under the Suppression of Communism Act. Also in 1952 he entered into a joint legal practice with Oliver Tambo. In 1956 he was arrested and charged with high treason and conducted his own defence.
On the historic day of 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated as President of the Republic of South Africa at the age of 76
It is no wonder that the peoples of the Eastern Cape region decided to honour Nelson Mandela for his titanic achievements by naming the new metropole after him. In 2000 the Nelson Mandela Metropole was officially opened to encompass Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch and the surrounding areas.
THE KOISAN PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA
Khoisan is the name by which the lighter skinned indigenous peoples of southern Africa, the Khoi (Hottentots) and the San (Bushmen) are known. These people dominated the sub-continent for millennia before the appearance of the Nguni and other black peoples. There are many traces of the Khoi San in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. A mere 70 kms from Port Elizabeth fertility caves exist on a [private farm which shows evidence of fertility rites and bushman paintings dating back to the mid nineteenth century.
This is evident from their marvelous animated paintings on rocks and caves walls as far afield as Namaqualand, the Drakensberg and Southern Cape. The many clicking sounds used in their speech had influenced the language of some of the African-speaking nations well before the arrival of the white colonists in the 17th century
CHERON KRAAK: ORIGINATOR OF BILLABONG SOUTH AFRICA
Cheron Kraak was the owner of the Billabong franchise in South Africa from its inception as well as the Country Feeling clothing industry for over thirty years Cheron has a long and fascinating history. She became known as the “unofficial mayoress of Jeffreys Bay” and has won numerous awards, such as the Eastern Cape’s Woman of Distinction in 2004. She was hailed the Kouga Business Person Of the Year in 2005 and again in 2006. Her Billabong Clothing company was awarded the Khuza award as the “Best Brand Communicator” in the teen market in 2006. Cheron Kraak owned some 16 shops through South Africa and Billabong goods are sold through some 3,000 shops worldwide. In 2007 she handed back the franchise to Billabong Australia.
Port Elizabeth’s City Hall was built between 1858 and 1862 and proclaimed a National Monument in 1973.
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3 October 2012 7:51