WATCH: Learn more about Madiba’s past with this Eastern Cape tour

Mo Matli
Mo Matli

Robert Frank once said that, “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” To some the camera lens is how they experience new and different cultures and tells the story of many whose voices were not previously heard.  

Mo Matli, 24, from Bloemfontein, was selected as one of News24’s 100 Young Mandela’s earlier this year. Mo is a gender activist who uses photography to tell the stories of marginalised South Africans. Like her she strives to do with her photography, Nelson Mandela also worked to create platforms for all those who were previously voiceless to be heard and to be able to speak up for what they believe in.  

Mo took the opportunity to travel to the Eastern Cape with South African Tourism to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, from Qunu where he grew up to Mqhekezweni, where he lived during his teenage years under the tutelage of Chief Jongintaba. 

This year for the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, South African Tourism identified 100 experiences, attractions and destinations around South Africa that have strong historical and social ties to his life and which have become familiar to the global community. As part of this celebration, we partnered with South African Tourism and offered some young Mandela’s from our Mandela100 project a unique and memorable chance to explore other provinces and cities and walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. A showcase of South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s memory can be found on the South African Tourism Madiba’s Journey App, which allows users to view the attractions on a map, build their itineraries and share their own journeys on social media. Visitors can also experience the emotion and relevance of each location through audio, text and image galleries. The app also offers real-time weather information, distances and details of nearby attractions.

Discover all the Eastern Cape experiences from beautiful beaches of East London to the history in Qunu and Mqhekezweni, The Great Place as well as other spots in the Eastern Cape with South African Tourism.

This trip was made possible by South African Tourism and South African Airways

This post is sponsored by South African Tourism produced by Brandstudio24 for Traveller24.

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