“Madiba’s Journey” app aids navigation around historical sites

Historical South African tourist destinations are now available on an innovative smartphone application.

The app, Madiba's Journey, aids users to navigate their way online before visiting the sites.

The nifty tool includes 27 historical sites of Nelson Mandela’s journey which symbolise the 27 years he spent behind bars, from popular places of interest to the relatively unknown ones.

App demonstrator Cheynenne Gilbert says, "Even if you are not going to use it to visit, you can use to gain knowledge and an understanding of what happened. People who have not visited South Africa have an idea of what they can do and where they can go."

For 36 learners, Human Rights Day kicked off with an educational drive. First they paid tribute to the youth of 1976, who fought against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. On the next stop they visited Vilakazi Street, one of the most famous streets in the world.

Minister for Tourism Derek Hanekom says, "It is very important to feel it and to stand here and have that sense of history. That is why so many tourists from all over the world come right here to Vilakazi Street. The important thing is to be infused with this sense of pride of who we are and where we come from, and extend that to as many people as possible."

The learners trek ended in Kliptown, the cornerstone on which our democracy was founded. Many described the experience as “educational” and ‘a privilege”.

The app can be downloaded free of charge.