Highlights of Previous Tours

1st Tour Highlights

Some have commented that the first tour was the best tour because even the organizers ( former students) where for the first time reconciling with the past, thus the emotions where palpable.

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The first tour was mixed group of gender and generations. Its beauty lay in the rawness but significant passion of the program and the sense of rediscovery. It was a typical pilot, it did not involve a structured heritage walk, nor did it have a dialogue or any senior officials. However, the beneficiaries of the tour continue to be part of the SOMAFCO network and have written about SOMAFCO in their studies.

2nd Tour Highlights

The second tour was more structured and even the pre-tour preparations were far more organized. This resulted in a larger group than the first, with an increased interest in the program.

3rd Tour highlights

This tour was the most structured of the tours, involving a senior government representative from South Africa and a strong showing from one of our partner organizations.

The program also involved a business dinner in the evening in Dar Es Salaam and also involved the first lecture undertaken in SOMAFCO. It also involved the renaming of the Primary School from Solomon Mahlangu Primary to Chief Albert Luthuli Primary.

4th Tour highlights

This tour involved significant partnerships with different stakeholders. The tour taking place in 2012 which marked 100 years since the establishment of the ANC, resulted in the tour tracing the exit routes that many ANC activists took to go into exile.

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Supported by the Department of Arts and Culture in South Africa, the tour involved a 2 day visit to Swaziland where the group visited the Salesian High School which has a lot of liberation struggle history. Another 2 days where spent in Mozambique where a monument in tribute of the Matola massacre is being built by the Department of Arts and Culture.

5th Tour Highlights

The 2013 tour capitalized on some lessons from the previous tours and also boasted better co-ordination with key stakeholders. Lessons and major improvements have influenced the planning and preparation for future tours.