Historical sites in Gauteng offer women-only specials

In line National Women’s Month as well as national celebrations honouring the Albertina Sisulu centenary, historical sites in Gauteng will offer special rates and activities to women in the province.

Home to many of the historical landmarks honouring South Africa’s road to liberation, Gauteng houses some of the most inspiring attractions in the country. Many of these attractions will offer special rates and activities to women in the province throughout the month of August, in celebration of Women’s Month as well as national celebrations marking the centenary of struggle icon, Albertina Sisulu.

Chief among them is the iconic Constitution Hill, home to the Old Fort Prison Complex where many of South Africa’s leading political activists including Mahatma Gandhi and former President Nelson Mandela were detained. The Women’s Jail located within the Constitution Hill precinct depicts the struggles that ordinary women experienced before the dawn of democracy in 1994. It also houses a cell dedicated exclusively to one of the organisers of the August 9, 1956 Women’s March, Albertina Sisulu.

The Women’s Jail at Constitution Hill will offer special rates and activities to women throughout the month of August, says Barba Gaoganediwe, head: promotions and marketing at the Gauteng Tourism Authority. Additionally, the museum will host the annual Metro FM Women’s Experience on August 24 for the first time.

“We want young women to emulate the heroism of the likes of Mama Albertina Sisulu, and will consequently seek to attract women – particularly those under the age of 35 – to visit the Women’s Jail and other historic sites throughout the month,” he says.

Other attractions such as the Apartheid Museum and the CitySightseeing Bus will also offer special rates to women throughout the month in an effort to draw young women to these sites and educate them about the lives and time of their predecessors who fought during South Africa’s liberation struggle, Barba says. More information about these specials can be found on the Gauteng Tourism Authority’s website.

Women in tourism lauded for maintaining spirit of Albertina Sisulu

Leading a tourism establishment while looking after a family or loved-ones is no easy feat, but women-led tourism businesses in Gauteng are thriving, says Barba.

“The business events sector in particular continues to grow in leaps and bounds as more young women launch events organising businesses, conferencing establishments and corporate accommodation offerings,” he says. According to Barba, this has impacted the local tourism sector tremendously, aiding economic growth and job creation.

Just as Albertina has been celebrated for joining her husband Walter Sisulu to fight for freedom in South Africa while looking after her family back in the Transkei, so too are young women in tourism being applauded by the Gauteng Tourism Authority for dedicating themselves to their businesses and aiding the growth of tourism in the region.

“Women of Gauteng are known for being go-getters, game-changers and independent women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. We applaud these women who maintain the spirit of Mama Albertina Sisulu by fighting the good fight to see their dreams become reality, all while supporting their families and loved ones.”