The Hector Pieterson Memorial is located in Soweto and stands to commemorate Hector Pieterson, a 13 year old student that was killed during the student uprisings of the 1970‘s. Following his death he came to symbolise the youth resistance to apartheid and this memorial serves to honour not just Hector Pieterson but all of the 566 students that died during this uprising.
The memorial stands on Khumalo Street, a few hundred metres from where the boy was shot on 16th June 1976 on Orlando Street. It was erected during the late 1990’s and forms part of the organised tourist tours of Soweto where it is now a popular tourist attraction. It was officially opened on 16th June 2002, along with the nearby museum where visitors can discover more about the life of the boy behind the memorial.
The memorial is in the form of a red granite stone slab. The red colour is the same colour as the bricks that were used to construct the museum and represents the red colour of the houses that dominate the area.
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Located on the so-called "Panorama Route" of the Mpumalanga escarpment, the Blyde River Canyon is one of the deepest gorges worldwide and offers panoramic views as well as a variety of fauna and flora, the latter including some rare and endangered species. Access is via the R532 north of Graskop and information centres are available at Swadini and Bourke's Luck Potholes.
A number of hiking trails are available to explore the sandstone ravines and rock formations, whilst local activities include fishing, horseback-riding, 4x4 game drives, abseiling, boat trips on the Blyde Dam and white water rafting. The reserve covers an area of approximately 29,000-hectares which is the natural habitat for various species of buck, birds, zebras, hippo and crocodile.
The Sterkfontein Caves are a World Heritage Site and home to the famous Mrs Ples, a Australopithecus africanus, whose fossilised remains were discovered in the upper levels in 1947. Until now, about 500 human ancestor specimens have been excavated. Findings of about 1.5 to 2 million years old stone tools are considered to be the earliest cultural remains yet found in southern Africa.
The lower levels of the caves which are open to the public contain an underground lake and limestone formations.
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