Freedom Day in Johannesburg

This year, the multi-faceted, cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg is once again going to celebrate history on the 27th of April, Freedom Day, with more splendour than ever.


Each year South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to commemorate the first non-racially divided, truly democratic election that occurred in 1994. Before this day, not all races were allowed to take part in elections. More than 19 million votes were cast that year to create the National Assembly, which then elected Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela as the President of South Africa.


Freedom Day is a huge event in South Africa and Johannesburg. The day has been a symbol of peace, unity and preservation of human dignity since 1994. It has a rich history of breaking down the stigma of racism and unjust established laws. More than that, it is also the celebration of a long walk to freedom for so many South Africans. Visitors to Johannesburg can experience the history of the event by visiting several places in Johannesburg that were keys to the revolution.


The Nelson Mandela Museum, located in the house where the Nobel peace prize winner lived in the 50s and 60s, is one of the activities suggested by Hyatt Regency Johannesburg and one of the most interesting attractions in the province of Gauteng. The Museum allows you to explore Mandela’s former residence and hosts educational programs that aim to continue the former president’s vision of spreading diversity, respect, and acceptance of all people. Around Freedom Day is an especially poignant time to visit this historic location.


Paul Mashatile, South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister, launched on the 20th September 2013 the Freedom Fridays campaign in Soweto, close to the old house of former President Nelson Mandela. This campaign is the official countdown to the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa. During this period, every South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their pride in being unified as ‘one people with one destiny’ by wearing anything which expresses the country’s unity. These events will culminate in the Freedom Day celebration on 27 April 2014. On this day, a number of famous buildings will stand as monuments to history, like the Regina Mundi church, where political meetings were held during apartheid, and the Morris Isaacson High School, which was the cradle of the student uprising in 1976. Both of these historic locations are must-sees for any history buff and are located at 30 minutes’ drive from the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg.


For more information and any questions that arise, guests may contact our concierge via email at johannesburg.regency@hyatt.com or visit the e-concierge website atThis year, the multi-faceted, cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg is once again going to celebrate history on the 27th of April, Freedom Day, with more splendour than ever.


Each year South Africa celebrates Freedom Day to commemorate the first non-racially divided, truly democratic election that occurred in 1994. Before this day, not all races were allowed to take part in elections. More than 19 million votes were cast that year to create the National Assembly, which then elected Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela as the President of South Africa.


Freedom Day is a huge event in South Africa and Johannesburg. The day has been a symbol of peace, unity and preservation of human dignity since 1994. It has a rich history of breaking down the stigma of racism and unjust established laws. More than that, it is also the celebration of a long walk to freedom for so many South Africans. Visitors to Johannesburg can experience the history of the event by visiting several places in Johannesburg that were keys to the revolution.


The Nelson Mandela Museum, located in the house where the Nobel peace prize winner lived in the 50s and 60s, is one of the activities suggested by Hyatt Regency Johannesburg and one of the most interesting attractions in the province of Gauteng. The Museum allows you to explore Mandela’s former residence and hosts educational programs that aim to continue the former president’s vision of spreading diversity, respect, and acceptance of all people. Around Freedom Day is an especially poignant time to visit this historic location.


Paul Mashatile, South Africa’s Arts and Culture Minister, launched on the 20th September 2013 the Freedom Fridays campaign in Soweto, close to the old house of former President Nelson Mandela. This campaign is the official countdown to the 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa. During this period, every South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their pride in being unified as ‘one people with one destiny’ by wearing anything which expresses the country’s unity. These events will culminate in the Freedom Day celebration on 27 April 2014. On this day, a number of famous buildings will stand as monuments to history, like the Regina Mundi church, where political meetings were held during apartheid, and the Morris Isaacson High School, which was the cradle of the student uprising in 1976. Both of these historic locations are must-sees for any history buff and are located at 30 minutes’ drive from the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg.


For more information and any questions that arise, guests may contact our concierge via email at johannesburg.regency@hyatt.com or visit the e-concierge website at //johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.

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