The Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976, and other events leading to this historical day, have contributed immensely to what we significantly see as the buzzing Soweto today. Museums and memorial sites have been erected since the dawn of democracy to commemorate the day that today counts among many efforts to achieve the freedom that we enjoy today. This June 16, as part of the Winter season domestic travel promotion, Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) encourages Gautengers to explore these attractions and other experiences, to join in remembering and celebrating our fallen heroes who laid the foundation for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Here are some of the places and spaces to visit on the day or this month:
The June 16 Memorial in Jabavu, Soweto, is an extensive open-air memorial designed to form the start of the so-called June 16 Trail. The story of the protest June 16, 1976 is told in pictures and words with archive photography and murals depicting the scenes of the fateful day. The Hector Peterson Museum and Memorial commemorates those who died in the uprisings and celebrates the student’s role in the struggle for freedom.
Constitution Hill will host a Free Access Day on the 16th to commemorate the day. The living museum tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.
Throughout the month, Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers hosts a tour special valid until 30 June 2022. Visitors will get to explore Soweto and its iconic sites the best possible way, by bike, foot or Tuk-Tuk. The special is discounted at 30%, snacks and lunch included on all tours.
#becauseofjune16 is back at The Box Shop Lifestyle to celebrate the #WeUprisngYouth Movement on Wednesday 15 June & Thursday 16 June respectively. June 15: Sober Discussions – To explore solutions through conversations about building economically sustainable townships, developing emotionally stable youth, and defining the future of South African townships. June 16: #TheJuneExperience – That includes a 4km commemoration morning walk and wreath laying ceremony, followed by an all-day fashion & food market with music entertainment.
The month of June also celebrates #PrideMonth. The GTA, in its endevour to promote destination Gauteng as an inclusive city region will showcase the pink tourism route and highlight LGBTIQ+ friendly attractions and experiences for members of the community. These spaces continue to set destination Gauteng apart and bodes well for the development of a consistent events calendar for the province to attract LGBTIQ+ travellers.
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Enquiries: Barba Gaoganediwe, Spokesperson Gauteng Tourism
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About the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA)
GTA is the official destination marketing agency for the Gauteng City Region. Its mission is to effectively, efficiently and professionally grow the visitor economy and enhance visitor’s experiences by: branding, marketing and promoting tourism in Gauteng; bidding for and hosting mega, major, significant, local and community events; and providing and managing visitor information services.