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On 5 December 2013, South Africans woke to the sad news that Tata Mandela, the Father of the Nation, had passed away shortly before 9pm. With the international spotlight firmly upon the country, many were filled with hope – and actively working towards – the unity that was witnessed at the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The Mandela Capture site, about a 35 minute drive from Rockwood Karkloof Lodges, is about 5kms outside of Howick. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site commemorates the spot where on 5th August 1962 Nelson Mandela was captured after having evaded the Apartheid police for 17 months and before being tried at the Rivonia Trial where he was sentened to prison where he spent 27 years before becoming the President of South Africa.

We encourage all our visitors and local Midlands folk, to visit the site which is filled with historical memorabilia and a world renowned sculpture of Nelson Mandela. Marco Cianfanelli and Jeremy Rose (Mashabane Rose Architects) originally collaborated in 2007 to make the interactive sculpture that incorporates the image of Nelson Mandela. Culture Mechanics, a specialist museum, exhibition, design and art consultancy curated the project and commissioned the installation.