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Commemorating 22 Years of Freedom With 7 Wonders of South Africa

Today, April 27th, Applause Africa celebrates with South Africa!   Twenty-two years ago on this day, South Africa shed the shackles of colonialism and white minority domination by electing Nelson Mandela as the first democratically-elected president through a

Today, April 27th, Applause Africa celebrates with South Africa!

 

Twenty-two years ago on this day, South Africa shed the shackles of colonialism and white minority domination by electing Nelson Mandela as the first democratically-elected president through a free and fair voting process. This day, Freedom Day, is a national public holiday in South Africa that serves to commemorate the country’s first democratic post-Apartheid elections held in 1994.

 

Although the late former president, Nelson Mandela (Madiba), is a globally-recognized political icon associated with leading the country to freedom after serving a 27-year prison sentence, there is more about South Africa that makes it one of the most unique and innovative places in Africa and the world. In celebration of twenty-two years of freedom from apartheid rule, we take a look at seven wonders from one of the continent’s youngest democracies.

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It is the only country where a street has produced two Nobel Peace Prize Winners in history. The anti-apartheid stalwarts, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both had houses on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.

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Route 62, is the longest wine route in the world, and South Africa has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe.

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The Cradle of Human Kind in Gauteng, is one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites and hosts the world’s oldest fossil remains of the earliest members of the human family.

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The Palace of the Lost City, located in the North West Province is the largest themed resort hotel in the world, surrounded by 25 hectares of man-made botanical jungle.

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South Africa was the first African country to host the FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. It is also the second country in the world to have hosted the Cricket, Rugby and Soccer World Cups after England.

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The Kimberly Diamond Mine in Northern Cape, also known as “the Big Hole”, is the world’s largest hole excavated by hands.

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The Bloukrans Bridge, located in the Garden Route, is the worlds’ highest commercial bungee jumping bridge, standing 216 meters high.

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Pearl Mashabane

Johannesburg, South Africa. Pearl works in the diversity management and employee wellness sector in the public service. she loves traveling and learning to ask for food in as many languages as she can, just in case.

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