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WELCOME TO NELSON MANDELA BAY
Just as Nelson Mandela brought freedom to our nation, Nelson Mandela Bay is a destination that gives you the freedom to choose from an array of world class offerings.
Nelson Mandela Bay - uniting Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch
Tribute to Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela Bay – uniting Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch.
Nelson Mandela Bay, uniting the city of Port Elizabeth and the towns of Uitenhage and Despatch, is a major seaport and automotive manufacturing centre located on the south-eastern coast of Africa in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The city is one of seven metropolitan areas in South Africa. The city is a holiday hotspot for both national and international tourists. The predominant languages spoken are English, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa.
Nelson Mandela Bay — the only city named after Nelson Mandela — offers a unique combination of city life, beach, nature, culture and sport. The city has 40 km of pristine golden beaches, including four with Blue Flag status; is within a short drive of malaria-free Big Seven game viewing; is a nature lover’s paradise and bird-watcher’s and hiking enthusiast’s dream; is a tapestry of rich cultures, traditions and heritage; and is acclaimed as the Watersports Capital of Africa.
Nelson Mandela Bay is the hub of the automotive industry on the African continent, with many of the major vehicle and component manufacturers based in the area. It is the preferred region for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, flour, meat, frozen veggies, soft drinks, chocolates, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream, paper products and leather products. Nelson Mandela Bay is also a major exporter of everything from manganese ore, wood, fresh produce, fruit juices, wool and skins, and, of course, automotive components.
Nelson Mandela Bay is a regular host of international sporting events for soccer, rugby, cricket, golf and netball, to name but a few. The Bay is home to the only African Ironman Triathlon and the Rugby Sevens. Nelson Mandela Bay was one of nine South African host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A mecca for all beach and water sports enthusiasts, the Bay offers swimming, snorkelling, body-surfing, yachting, wind-surfing, jet-skiing, canoeing, kite-surfing, power-boating and angling, and our reefs offer an unsurpassed diving experience, with over 400 17th century shipwrecks.
CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Nelson Mandela Bay is a prime events destination for international concerts, theatre, conferences and exhibitions. The Bay has a plethora of entertainment venues, offers incomparable township tours and a variety of attractive shopping malls, upmarket boutiques and tourist-friendly craft markets. And, of course, Nelson Mandela Bay is famous for its warm, friendly and hospitable people.
Nelson Mandela Bay welcomes you!
Tribute to Nelson Mandela
"I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the idea of a democratic and free society. If need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die".(Nelson Mandela)
Nelson Mandela was born in Qunu, a small village near Mthata (Umtata) in the former Transkei, (Eastern Cape) on 18 July 1918. As member of the Madiba clan, he was raised amongst Xhosa royalty. He helped to found the ANC Youth League and, in 1991, was elected as President of the African National Congress. Upon returning from Algiers for military training, he was arrested and charged with attempting to overthrow the Apartheid Government. Convicted of sabotage and treason, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island – South Africa’s ‘Alcatraz’.
The SA Government responded to international pressure by releasing him on 11 February 1990 after 27 years’ imprisonment. He and South African President F W de Klerk jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize 1993 in recognition for their combined efforts towards reconciliation and peace in this country. On 10 May 1994, he became the first black President of South Africa after a landslide victory in the April 1994 elections; it was the country’s first ever election where black people were allowed to vote. As an act of reconciliation, he appointed F W de Klerk, his former rival, as one of two vice-presidents.
He retired from public life in June 1999, currently residing in Sandton, Johannesburg with his wife, Graca Machel. They exchanged vows on his 80th birthday in 1998. He regularly visits his birthplace, annually hosting local children to a Christmas Party. This great man, whose second name ‘Rholihlahla’ means "shaker of trees" or "troublemaker", united his country by urging citizens to reconciliation, not revenge. Nelson Mandela remains South Africa’s best-known and best-loved hero. He is the world’s icon of peace and reconciliation, personifying a "spirit of freedom" internationally.