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"Mpophomeni" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of KwaZulu-Natal Things to Do Tip by MikeAtSea

Province of KwaZulu-Natal Things to Do: 89 reviews and 112 photos

by MikeAtSea

The Zulu-Mpophomeni Tourism Experience serves as a unique metaphor for the miracle that is South Africa.

Mpophomeni was founded in 1972 when the original settlement was moved under the segregationist policies of the apartheid govenment. There was much unhappiness about the move and the farmer whose land was expropriated committed suicide and had his ashes scattered over the land.

Mpophomeni housed most of the workers at the British Tyre and Rubber plant in Howick and in 1984 a massive strike was called to protest low wages. The entire workforce was fired and some of the shop stewards wee subsequently shot.

A Wall of Reconciliation was built to commemorate the 120 people who died in the violence and fittingly, is named after Nokulunga Gumede, the five-year old who was run over by a military vehicle during the cyle of violence.

Directions: Close to Howick in the Natal Midlands
Phone: +27 (0) 33 238 0966

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 30, 2005
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