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South Africa Tour – Mandela’s Legacy

Nelson Mandela helped define South Africa as model multi-racial democracy. Our South Africa Tour examines his legacy, and the challenges facing the nation today. Led by Peter Sullivan, former editor of  The Star newspaper.


Dates: 27 Feb - 8 March, 2015
Cost:  £3440.00 
Single Supplement:  £400.00


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Almost two decades on from the end of Apartheid, South Africa is an amazing success story. It remains a multi-racial democracy and a regional power. But 18 years after Nelson Mandela helped bring the ANC into power, the party that fought so hard for change is struggling to meet the needs of its own supporters. Ordinary South Africans lack basic services, unemployment is high, and leading ANC members stand accused of corruption.

On our South Africa Tour: Mandela’s Legacy, first-rate speakers and guests brief us on the latest issues affecting the country, and ordinary South Africans of all backgrounds give their perspective, as we ask if the country can keep Mandela’s dream of a united, prosperous and democratic South Africa alive.

We have added an additional day to the tour to allow for extra visits. It is now ten days long.

Highlights of the South Africa Tour include:

- Analysis of rural development, and home visits
- Tour of Soweto new and old
- Visit to an SA mine – one of the key sectors of the economy
- Visit to The South African Stock Exchange
- Analysis of South Africa’s key problems from infrastructure to unemployment
- Stays in some of South Africa’s best hotels, and meals offering the huge range of South African cuisine

Day One – Durban

Durban: Dinner and Overview

Welcome dinner. Local and international analysts give an overview of where South Africa stands at the beginning of 2014. The country’s politics, economics, intra-African diplomacy and a look at its place in global structures.

Day Two – Lebombo Mountains & Dundee

North Coast to Tegula Ferry, Lebombo Mountains and Dundee

Travel north along sugar cane and dolphin coast to rural KwaZulu Natal for a visit to a local family. We hear about education, local services and healthcare. The battle against HIV and TB. Lunch with local councillors. Dinner with district councillors in Dundee.

Day Three – Dundee, Battlefields

Dundee, Battlefields, Local Township

We visit Rorkes Drift, a key site of the Anglo Zulu wars. A key point in British colonial history, but also in Zulu culture and identity. Picnic lunch. Local farming; in this fertile area families are no longer able to provide for themselves, as people leave for the cities and HIV depletes communities. Dinner in Dundee and discussion about growing poverty in rural areas vs urban growth.

Day Four – Johannesburg

Drakensberg, Harrismith, Vaal River, Johannesburg

Visit to a local school before departure to Johannesburg. Lunch overlooking the Drakensberg.  Then cross Vaal River to country’s financial hub, Gauteng, for dinner in Johannesburg with Don Ncube, ANC Sandton Branch chairman; political commentator Denis Beckett, Ann Bernstein, CEO of think-tank the Centre for Development and Enterprise, and Dr Paul Davis of the Aurum Institute.

Day Five – Soweto

City Council, Constitutional Court, Wits, Prison, Soweto

Early breakfast with Official Opposition leader Mike Moriarty to examine Johannesburg, a city whose annual budget exceeds that of Botswana, Mozambique and Angola combined. Tour Constitutional Court building with its politically relevant art works, with a briefing on Court’s current political and judicial role. Tour of Old Fort Prison in the grounds, home for many political prisoners for years. Lunch at Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Drive to Rustenberg, dinner with geologist, platinum mine employers and workers.  Stay at Royal Bafokeng hotel, where facilities were purpose built for English soccer team for 2010 World Cup.

Day Six – Mining

Mining politics, underground, Soweto

Breakfast at a platinum or gold mine, possibility of going underground. An explanation of how South Africa’s extraordinary mineral and metal resource wealth was laid down over billions of years, how long it will last and how difficult it is to get out of the ground. Mining guru Mike Solomon will examine resource taxation; from nationalisation to windfall and a wealth tax. In Soweto we visit the Hector Petersen memorial, Winnie Mandela’s home, a school and Regina Mundi, a famous church that provided shelter during apartheid. Dinner in Soweto.

Day Seven – Cape Town

Fly to Cape Town: Parliament, Mayor, Khayalitsha Flight to CT, South African Airways. SA 333 depart Johannesburg OR Tambo (JNB) 12h00 arrive Cape Town (CPT) 14h10 to Cape Town.  Flights are not included in the price as we are a land-only tour operator. We can help you with the booking process.

Meeting with former President F W de Klerk’s foundation, scheduled visit to Premier Helen Zille and Mayor Patricia de Lille. Tour of Parliament. Dinner in Cape Town’s biggest township, Khayalitsha, with ANC leaders.

Day Eight – Hout Bay

Cape Town, Hout Bay and Analysis

Visit the remarkable township on the slopes of Table Mountain at Hout Bay, speak to local activists, see local industry. Lunch is fish and chips on the rocks of Hout Bay, under Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most beautiful in the world. Dinner with veteran MP, radio personality, diplomat and commentator Peter Soal, who will answer all our questions.

Day Nine – Wine & Tourism

Peninsula, Wine Farms, Tourism Industry

Industrial unrest is more commonly associated with the Mid-Rand but workers at wine farms went on a violent strike to double their pay in 2012. What do they think in 2013? A first-hand look at how the wine industry is doing. We also look at tourism’s significant contribution to the SA economy. Lunch on a wine farm. Dinner in Cape Town with Kate O’Regan, highly respected former Constitutional Court judge and Deputy Chief Justice.

Day Ten – Leave

Final Day – Breakfast and departure for airport

If you would like to book a tour please click here to fill in our booking form. Or call us on 0843 289 2349 or email us at info@politicaltours.com to find out more.

Essential Information

If you would like to book your South Africa Tour please click here to fill in our booking form. Or call us on 0843 289 2349 or email us at info@politicaltours.com to find out more.

How to make your South African Tour booking

You can make a booking by contacting Political Tours directly by phone on 0834 289 2349, email info@politicaltours.com or click here to fill in our booking form.

To confirm your booking you need to send a non-refundable deposit of 15% of the total holiday cost or £250 per person (whichever is the greater) made payable to Political Tours Limited.

If you are booking less than 8 weeks prior to departure the full cost of the tour is payable.

If you would like to contact Political Tours’ Director, Nicholas Wood, he can be reached by email at nicholaswood@politicaltours.com or by mobile phone on +44 7855 266 151.

What is included in the South African Tour?

The price includes accommodation in 3-4 star hotels in South Africa as well as all meals during the visit. All the accommodation includes private bathrooms.

Please be aware that Political Tours is a land-only tour operator. Our clients travel from many countries and the costs of flights to and from the destination, as well as any internal flights needed, are not included in the price.

How to reach South Africa

There are regular daily flights or bi-weekly flights between Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo Airport) and most countries.  Most international airlines operate along this route. There are also less frequent direct flights to both Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban.  There are regular daily flights within South Africa between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on a number of airlines.

Climate & Clothing Suggestions

South Africa has hot summers (over 25C) and mild winters. There is occasional rainfall during the summer in the Highveld/ Johannesburg area and in Natal, whereas the Cape has winter rainfall.  Thunderstorms in the late afternoon are common in Johannesburg in the summer months.  Temperatures can reach the low 30’s, and cool clothing and layering is suggested.

Passports, Visa & Health

All clients are personally responsible for ensuring that they have a valid passport, relevant visa's and conform to the health regulations required by the country's that will be visited during the tour.

Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP, or alternatively from the Department of Health leaflet Advice on Health for Travelers, or the Department of Health in the UK. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the NaTHNaC or NHS Scotland’s Fit for Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Personal Safety

South Africa has experienced an increase in crime, and it is advised to be vigilant and not carry large amounts of money, visible jewellery or electronic equipment.

For further information check the Foreign Office’s travel advice website before departure.



Appropriate and adequate travel insurance is essential and is a condition of travelling with us. Your policy must include comprehensive medical cover including the cost of evacuation and repatriation from the remote destinations included in your tour in the event of illness or accident in addition to other medical requirements.

Please provide us with confirmation of the name of your insurance company, the policy number and the insurers’ emergency contact telephone number for use in a medical emergency no later than 8 weeks prior to the tour departure. If you fail to do so, we are entitled to cancel your booking and apply the cancellation charges shown below.

Hazards Inherent in Our Tours

As a tour company that specialises in politics and international affairs we have specific conditions that concern the risks inherent in some of our tours.

It is in the nature of some of the destinations, issues and areas we cover that standards of health and safety will not be the same as in the UK and may often be lower.

It is in the nature of the itineraries we offer that the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office may have issued advice against all travel or all but essential travel in relation to the country or parts of the country we are intending to visit prior to confirmation of your booking. Where the FCO issues such advice, we may, as a result, cancel your tour or make changes so as to avoid the area concerned (see clauses 10 and 12 of our Terms and Booking Conditions). Alternatively, we may ask you to sign a form confirming you wish to proceed with the tour notwithstanding the FCO advice.

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If you feel you need to cancel a tour before departure we reserve the right to make the following charges.

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Please pay the invoice within 10 days of the invoice date otherwise we reserve the right to treat the booking as cancelled and apply the cancellation conditions as set out below. Your travel documents are dispatched about 7/10 days before the tour departs.

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Further Reading

Political Tours recommended reading list for the South Africa Tour 2013 - Mandela's Legacy:

"After Mandela: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa"by Alec Russell

  • Publisher: Hutchinson (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926014

Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom is a must.

"An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the 'new' ANC" by Fiona Forde

  •  Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books (September 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094EPI96


Alan Paton's Cry the Beloved Country is a universal tale of urbanisation and of apartheid.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First as such edition (December 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074326195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261951


"Khayelitsha: Umlungu in a Township" by Steve Otter is also an interesting (but non-essential) read about racial divides today.

  • Publisher: Penguin Global (May 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143025473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143025474


The Madonna of Excelsior by Zakes Mda, a novel that looked at inter-racial relations in the 1970s but tells an interesting tale.

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (February 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312423829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312423827

There are current biographies of Cyril Ramaphosa and Thabo Mbeki, and there's also a slew of books on SA politics for the Christmas season.


SA Institute of International Affairs (www.saiia.org.za)

Center for Development and Enterprise (www.cde.org.za), CDE has an excellent series of policy papers and also has useful reading lists for those wanting a more in depth or academic assessment of economics and development in South Africa.

SA Institute of Race Relations (www.sairr.org.za)

The best place for reading about the day-to-day political debate is www.politicsweb.co.za

There is The Daily Maverick as an unusual and informative irreverent site. www.dailymaverick.co.za

This is one view of what’s happening in the Marikana –Lonmin dispute: www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=339442&sn=Marketingweb+detail&pid=90389

For a more academic approach it is worthwhile seeing some of the papers published by the South African Labour and Development Research Unit – SALDRU.