The 2017 Johannesburg Conference Hosts are creating a wonderful experience for registered attendees. The Opening Reception, Gala Dinner and Afternoon City Tour will highlight the history and future of Johannesburg and South Africa in memorable settings. If you are not already on our mailing list, please use our Contact page to sign up for the Johannesburg 2017 Conference emails.
Details for the Opening Reception and the Gala Dinner will be forthcoming.
Please find details of the City Tour below. The specific times for the tour itinerary will be available soon.
Soweto is about people leading their lives - working, commuting, celebrating and grieving. This lengthy tour offers an insight into the daily lives of the people of Soweto, the origins of "Matchbox City" and its complex relationship with greater Johannesburg.
XX:XX PM Pick up from Hotel and drive via the city of Johannesburg to visit the Apartheid Museum, a museum complex dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. The museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.
XX:XX PM We shall drive through affluent suburbs, Diepkloof Ext. Phase 3. The experience shows the diversity of the different homes in Soweto: matchbox houses, elephant houses and informal settlements.
XX:XX PM Tour continues past Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. With 2,964 beds, the hospital is one of the largest in the world. The Hospital grounds cover an area of 173 acres, consisting of 429 buildings with a total floor area of 233,785.19m2. Bara is one of 40 provincial hospitals in the Gauteng Province, which is financed and run by the Gauteng provincial health authorities. It is the only public hospital serving approximately 3.5 million people in Soweto.
XX:XX PM Drive past University of Johannesburg which was established in 2005 as a result of incorporation and the merger of the Rand Afrikaans University with Vista University and Wits Technikon. Opposite the University is Orlando Power Station, a decommissioned coal fired power station which was commissioned at the end of the Second World War and served Johannesburg for over 50 years. The two cooling towers built in 1951 are a prominent landmark in Soweto.
Both towers are painted, one functioning as an advertising billboard, the other containing the largest mural painting in South Africa. The towers are also used for bungee and base jumping from a platform between the top of the two towers as well as a bungee swing into one of the towers.
XX:XX PM Drive by the Hector Pieterson Museum, located in Orlando West within two blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed. The museum is named in his honour. It became one of the first museums in Soweto when it opened in 16 June 2002.
XX:XX PM Walk along Vilakazi Street, the most famous street in Soweto, and is the only street in the world to have had two Nobel Prize winners as its residents. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived on Vilakazi Street. Nelson Mandela's house has now become a museum, and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gauteng. The house has been preserved in exactly the same state it was when the Mandelas lived in it in the 1960's.
Visitors to the museum include international tourists, heads of states and local residents. The Tutus' house is across the street from the Mandelas and is still used as a normal home by the Tutu family. The Tutu house is also a major tourist attraction (not open to the public) and is an important part of the rich history of the Vilakazi Street precinct.
XX:XX PM Welcome drinks served at Chaf Pozi, a buy and braai establishment where lunch will be served with a traditional braai menu consisting of boerewors, stake and pap. A dietary menu will be considered.
XX:XX PM Depart to Lion Park
XX:XX PM Visit the Lion Park. The Lion Park provides guests with a unique opportunity for a close encounter with the majestic animals of Africa. There are over 80 lions to see, from the cutest cubs to magnificent white lions. See other indigenous game including spotted hyena, wild dog, cheetah, herbivores and many more.
XX:XX PM Tour ends and drive back to the hotel.