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Liliesleaf Farm, Sandton

liliesleaf farm sandtonLiliesleaf is uniquely connected with the Rivonia trial - which came to represent the essence of the liberation struggle and focused world attention on South Africa. The media surrounding the trial and the harsh sentencing of the accused catapulted the atrocities of South Africa onto the international stage. The trialists became international icons of a struggle against an oppressive regime.

In addition, Liliesleaf Farm is acknowledged to be the birth place of MK (Umkhonto we Sizwe - Spear of the Nation). MK was the military wing of the ANC, and the farm was the nerve centre from which the MK leadership planned the struggle for liberation and justice.

It was at Liliesleaf farm where the high command met to plan Operation Mayibuye – the plan to overthrow the apartheid regime. The outhouse buildings on Liliesleaf housed the printing presses which were producing freedom literature; And it was from the brick structure that the inhabitants of the farm broadcast the first test of radio freedom using the lightening conductor as an Arial transmitter.

Today, Liliesleaf Farm is a tourist attraction, a place you can visit. There are guided tours, a conference centre for hire, a museum and the restored house to visit. In 2010 it was awarded a Merrit Award Certificate that recognises the Liliesleaf Project as one of the best new tourism projects in the world.

The house has been as authentically restored as possible – 60% of the building today is the original brickwork, whilst the outbuildings were only uncovered during the archaeological excavation. There is also an interactive table that allows one to experience video, images, audio and text in a 3d interface.


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