Wits are the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. There is interesting things to do for the public on campus. I have made a list of 5 interesting things:
1. Origins Centre:
The centre starts with the origin of humankind in Africa and then moves through the development of art, symbolism and technology. It also covers the San rock art and more recent rock art of Khoekhoen and Bantu-speakers. They make use of displays and videos and you have a handset speaker guide. (www.origins.org.za)
2. Origins Shop:
This shop is different from the other shops at these places. They have an excellent book collection with a focus on rock art and the origins of humanity in Africa. You cannot miss the shop if you go through the Origins Centre.
3. The Café Fino Coffee Shop:
The coffee shop is funky and so are the waiters. They serve coffee, cake and light meals. They are open on weekdays. (www.cafefino.co.za)
4. The Planetarium:
The Planetarium is walking distance from the Origins Centre and it offers regular shows for children and adults. It is one of my favourite places and I once did an astronomy course there. (www.planetarium.co.za)
5. Wits Art Museum:
If you drive out of the campus gate and up in the street, then you will find the Art Museum. The museum is free of charge, but you can make a donation. They had 3 different exhibitions going on when I was there. There is a friendly lady that works there, and you can ask her all your questions. (www.wits.ac.za/wam/)
At the Origins Centre and the Planetarium you must pay an entrance fee and you can park on campus. Everything is together and it can keep you busy for a day.
In August 2012, in the KZN Midlands, a sculpture of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the site where he was captured in a road block on 5 August 1962.
The sculpture consists of 50 columns and this represents the 50 years since his capture. If you stand 35 m away, then a portrait of Nelson, Mandela, who looks west, comes into focus. There is a mark where you should stand.
The sculpture is collaboration between the artists Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose. The 50 steel columns are between 6.5 and 9.5 m tall.
N3 Highway to Durban/Joburg.
Take the Tweedie turnoff to Lions River.
Turn right onto the R103.
Sculpture is 5 minutes from the N3 and is well signposted.
I am the owner of Flycatcher Travel and my idea with this blog is to report on sites that we visit. I am also very interested in South African history.