08:30 Pick up from the Maslow Hotel
09h00-10h00: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton Estate
The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has been described as a public “interactive archive and venue for dialogue.” it was opened by Jacob Zuma on 18th November 2013 with local and foreign dignitaries including Graça Machel, the widow of the former President Nelson Mandela. It is also the home of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In the words of the current curator of the centre Mr. Hatang, “the aim of the Centre of Memory is to ensure that Mandela’s values and ethos are shared…..”
10h10-11h10: Visit the Constitution Hill
Constitutional Hill not only is this the home of the Constitutional Court, which is South Africa’s highest court and custodian of the constitution, the Constitution hill also includes a collection of historic buildings, most of which used to be prisons. Do not miss the daily tours taking you through the notorious number 4 prison and the women’s jail. Visually understand life in a cell, solitary confinement, the food quarter, all impacting the life of a prisoner during the apartheid regime. Understand the impact this jail had on Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. A visit to Constitution Hill is always memorable and emotional. What once was one of South Africa’s most oppressive sites has been turned into a celebration of democracy and freedom.
11h20: Drive over Nelson Mandela Bridge
The Nelson Mandela Bridge is located at the heart of downtown Johannesburg, a gleaming apex in the city sky. The area is part of a massive rejuvenation drive, filled with sites of cultural and historic significance – and the bridge is the conduit for all traffic to and from the area
11h30: Drive past the Worker’s Library and Museum
The Workers' Library and Museum is housed in a restored municipal workers' compound in Newtown. Used until the 1970's, the compound was renovated with one wing being developed as a museum and the other to house meeting rooms, offices and a library. The buildings are a recognized National Monument, and an important part of working class heritage.
11h50-12h50: Lunch at the SAB World of Beer’s Tap Room restaurant
It is the perfect place to enjoy a good old pub lunch and an SAB beer or two in this welcoming, vibey restaurant overlooking Newtown, beer isn’t only served in glasses – it’s an important ingredient in several of the dishes on the menu. Try one of the Tap Room classics, which include hake in a Castle Lager batter, chicken basted with Hansa Marzen Gold, and a Castle Milk Stout beef pie. There are also some lighter options, from salads to toasted Paninis and wraps - and, of course, a few decadent options to round things off.
13h00-14h30 -Take a tour of SAB World of beer
Take a tour of the South African Breweries World of Beer, and you’ll quickly discover why it was twice named the number one tourist attraction in South Africa. This fun and interactive journey explores the rich history of Africa’s beer culture, transporting you from the beginnings of Castle Lager and the story of Charles Glass, into the tombs of Egypt and mining townships of Johannesburg’s early days.
14h40 – 14h50- Visit Chancellor’s House
In 1999 Chancellor House declared a provisional national monument. The place is Chancellor House, in the heart of Johannesburg’s CBD. The residents are Mandela & Tambo Attorneys who run their legal firm from these premises. It was a brave decision by owners, the Essa family from Polokwane in Limpopo, to lease their building in a so-called 'Indian area' to two black African men. Between 1952 and 1956, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had a thriving law practice, trying to help others who were accused of crimes against the state and disobeying the draconian laws of the time. Many of their clients needed help in securing passes, obligatory for black citizens to carry at all times. Ironically, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo were arrested for a crime for which many of their desperate clients had been accused, an event that ended up as the infamous Treason Trial
16h00 – 17h30 Visit Arts Maboneng Precinct
It has a humble beginning at Fox Street’s Arts on Main. A core focus on the arts evolved into expanding boundaries, and incorporating new developments like the Work & Art Building and Maboneng’s flagship accommodation and hotel development, Hallmark House. From fine restaurants and entertainment venues, retail stores and art galleries, to The Bioscope, South Africa's only independent cinema, Maboneng is a neighbourhood celebrated through art, with its finger firmly on the pulse of big business. Office and light industrial space is being utilised by companies looking to expand their footprint in the city and surrounds.It offers, multiple creative experiences in one venue.
18h00-19h00 Dinner at Che Agentine Grill Restaurant Maboneng
A true meat lover’s dream, Che is set in the trendy urban neighbourhood of the Maboneng precinct, serving traditional Argentine asado, or as we know it, braai. Expect a meaty start with their homemade chorizo, which is lightly spiced and made with 100% free-range pork belly
20h00: Drop off at the Maslow Hotel.