Human Rights Day, South Africa 2018 - Ideas & Activities on How to Commemorate It
Human Rights Day, South Africa 2018 - Ideas & Activities on How to Commemorate It
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Human Rights Day, South Africa 2018 - Ideas & Activities on How to Commemorate It
Human Rights Day in South Africa commemorates those who were slain outside the Sharpeville police station amidst protests against pass laws.
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Human Rights Day, South Africa 2018 - Ideas & Activities on How to Commemorate It

Human Rights Day in South Africa commemorates those who were slain outside the Sharpeville police station amidst protests against pass laws.
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Human Rights Day, South Africa 2018 - Ideas & Activities on How to Commemorate It
Human Rights Day in South Africa commemorates those who were slain outside the Sharpeville police station amidst protests against pass laws.

In 1960 a group of 10 000 people peacefully marched and protested against the pass system. This system was used to control people of colour, it was made a legal requirement which prohibited black people from freely accessing certain suburban areas throughout the city.

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Interesting Facts

  • Since the 1950s The South African government implemented measures to restrict the flow of black people in cities, the pass system was in full force.
  • In South Africa, Human Rights Day commemorates the victims who were slain in Sharpeville, amidst anti-pass law protests.
  • Since 1994 this day has been celebrated and commemorated as a public holiday.
  • A staggering number of 180 people were injured, including 31 women and 19 children, the majority of these people were shot in the back as they attempted to flee the shooting.
  • The 21st of March is internationally recognised as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Activities

The public holiday serves to remind us of the struggle and lives that were lost so we could be equally treated and united as a nation.

Here at Vibescout we feel strongly rooted to the past and feel for those who suffered during this painful time, so we have compiled this list of things to do, to respectfully commemorate Human Rights Day.

Visit a Memorial Site

There are three recognised memorial sites of the Sharpeville Massacre. These sites are, the memorial garden, the police station where the masses gathered and the graves of those who were killed which can be found in the Phelindaba Cemetery.

The sites are all located in Vereeniging. A good idea on this day is to reach out to your friends and family and listen to stories from those who have first hand experience of the hardships that led up to the massacre.

Visit the memorial sites, place flowers on the graves of those who perished so we could walk this land freely.

Be respectful of others and the grounds of the memorial sites if you do pack a light lunch be sure to remove all your litter before you leave.

  • Address: 3847 Seeiso St, Vereeniging, Gauteng

Watch a Documentary with Friends & Discuss this Inequality our People have Faced

If you are not in the Gauteng area and visiting a memorial site is not an option, invite some friends over and take in the experiences through the magic of cinematography.

We have collected some documentaries that properly portrays the devastation of the Sharpeville Massacre. Gain better insight as to just how tough the struggle for a free South Africa was.

Events

This day really is about sharing stories and remembering how our ancestors fought for our freedom. Below we have highlighted a few events which rightfully honour the spirit of Human Rights Day.

Cape Town

Aside from all the events commemorating this day, squeeze a trip into a local Museum in Cape Town and view the conditions in which people of colour were forced to live in South Africa.

The Rivertones Live - Human Rights Day Gig

We cannot think of a more appropriate band to play some loving Reggae tunes than The Rivertones on the Human Rights public holiday. We will feed you, entertain your kids, keep you well rehydrated and make sure that your heart sings along with the band. Come and join us for a great evening!

  • Operating Hours: 21 March, 4:30pm- 7pm
  • Address: South Palms Centre, 333 Main Rd, Cape Town, 7965
  • Full Event info: The Rivertones Live

Petite Noir & Slow Jack - Live at Kirstenbosch

Petite Noir is a Belgian-born, Congolese singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Cape Town. His debut extended play The King of Anxiety was released in January 2015 and his debut studio album La vie est belle / Life Is Beautiful was released in September of the same year.

Slow Jack formed in 2015 and has grown into an ensemble of some of the most talented musicians in Cape Town.

With power vocals, astounding guitaring and music that speak of abundance, hardship and everyday life that affects us all, they render a rare and seldom seen chemistry on stage. Gates to the concert area open at 16h00. All concerts take place irrespective of rain. Regret no refunds are issued.

  • Operating Hours: 21 March, 4:30pm- 7pm
  • Address: C/o Rhodes Ave & Kirstenbosch Dr, Cape Town
  • Full Event info: Petite Noir Kirstenbosch

Durban

Aside from all the events commemorating this day, squeeze a trip into a local Museums in Durban and view the conditions in which people of colour were forced to live in South Africa.

Francoféte Human Rights Day Festival 7th edition

The ever proactive Alliance Française uses this annual opportunity to showcase some of the best French, Francophone and French-inspired music, dance, theatre, story-telling, workshops, visual arts, and, of course, wonderful food and crafts in the alfresco market.

The Alliance Française of Durban presents the fabulous (and free) 7th annual Francofête on Human Rights Day which will be held at the Alliance Française of Durban in Morningside on Wednesday 21 March 2017 in two parts – a matinee (morning) family event from 10:30am until 1pm and an afternoon music concert featuring an array of music from the Francophone world, as well as local artists from 1.30pm until 6.00pm.

  • Operating Hours: 21 March, 10:30am - 6pm
  • Address: 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside
  • Full Event Info: Francofete Festival

Durban Pizza Festival 2018 (Human Rights Day)

The ever proactive Alliance Française uses this annual opportunity to showcase some of the best French, Francophone and French-inspired music, dance, theatre, story-telling, workshops, visual arts, and, of course, wonderful food and crafts in the alfresco market.

The Alliance Française of Durban presents the fabulous (and free) 7th annual Francofête on Human Rights Day which will be held at the Alliance Française of Durban in Morningside on Wednesday 21 March 2017 in two parts – a matinee (morning) family event from 10:30am until 1pm and an afternoon music concert featuring an array of music from the Francophone world, as well as local artists from 1.30pm until 6.00pm.

Strauss & Co. Lecture by Dr Alastair Meredith at KZNSA

Strauss & Co - Fine Art Auctioneers and Consultants and The KZNSA Gallery invites you to a lecture on 'A Century of South African Art in 10 Pictures' by Dr Alastair Meredith, Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 17h30 for 18h00.

Strauss&Co will be conducting obligation free valuations at KZNSA Gallery from 09h00 to 16h30 on Wednesday 21 March 2018

  • Operating Hours: 21 March, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Address: 166 Bulwer Rd, Bulwer, Durban, 4001
  • Full Event Info: Strauss & Co. Lecture

Johannesburg

Aside from all the events commemorating this day, squeeze a trip into a local Museums in Jozi and view the conditions in which people of colour were forced to live in South Africa.

Cerebral S1E4 Human Rights Edition

Let it be known that the struggle for human rights continues into current generations. Ours of free thinkers, spans across a wide spectrum of expression, occupation, race, sexual orientation and religious affiliation.

Once again, we bring you this platform for young expressionists. An environment to exhibit and share their art, ideas, merchandise and music with peers and industry alike. Cerebral S1E4 will be a celebration of some of the hard fought freedoms that those who gave their lives 58 years ago allowed us all to enjoy.

  • Operating Hours: 12pm to 12am
  • Entrance Fee:
    • R30 - Before 5pm
    • R50 - Thereafter
  • Address: 94 Juta St, Johannesburg,
  • Full Event info: Cerebral S1 E4

African Conference on Experimental Archaeolog

This first African Conference on Experimental Archaeology is organised by a local organising committee at the University of the Witwatersrand and the international organisation of Open-Air Museums and Experimental Archaeology (EXARC).

The aims of the conference are to showcase experiments and closely related activities in African contexts and to provide a networking opportunity for researchers to take African archaeology to new places within and outside Africa.

  • Operating Hours: 12am to 3am
  • Address: 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2000
  • Full Event info: African Conference 2018

The Gardens - Human Rights Day Rooftop Vibe

On Wednesday 21 March 2018, join us as we celebrate Human Rights Day in true 'Jozi Rooftop' Style. Located in the heart of Johannesburg, this glorious rooftop garden is a secret retreat, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Surreptitiously hidden between the many high rise buildings of the JHB CBD, the Gardens offer an intimate and elegant rooftop experience like no other in the city.

The venue is found +-300 metres from the highway and boasts 4 levels of safe and secure underground parking.

  • Operating Hours: 21 March, 9am - 6pm
  • Address: 162 Anderson Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Full Event Info: The Gardens Rooftop Vibe

Whatever you and your family choose to do this Human Rights Day find some time to think and talk about what exactly happened all those many years ago. South African culture is so dense with history and struggle it’s our duty to pass these stories onto the younger generations.

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