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Historical tour of the Old Prison in Pietermaritzburg

Historical tour of the Old Prison in Pietermaritzburg

Project Gateway, Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Core Activity:Heritage – Prison Tour Type:Facilitated Duration:1-day tour experience Budget:R20 per person (adult) R10 per child and R5 for school student groups. When to Go:All year-round, although tours of The Old Prison must be booked in advance. Opening hours 08h00 to 16h30, Monday to Friday. Visits on weekends and public holidays can be made by prior arrangement. Itinerary Rating:All age groups are welcome, from scholars to adults. Other:Safe and free parking is available in the prison grounds. Disabled access is limited. Toilets are available. Other Activities:Fashion, Design and Sewing classes, computer literacy training and business mentorship take place on site. We also have an overnight shelter that feeds and accommodates the poor. Points Of Interest:Project Gateway took over The Old Prison site in 1991 to use as a centre for community development. We assist local communities through Care, Education and Empowerment. Tourism, Teams and the letting of conference venues help us to provide for the poor. Every year, volunteers and teams from overseas offer their time to assist with various Gateway projects. These volunteers stay in refurbished prison cells located on the Project Gateway site, and assist in local communites with practical tasks such as digging, fencing and painting. We have a permanent exhibition on the life of Kasturba Gandhi and King Dinuzulu, as well as a variety of fascinating artifacts and displays of life within the prison.

The Old Prison, built in 1862 has accommodated many people that have since become heroes nationally and internationally. These include King Dinuzulu, Derrick R.C Marsh, Moses Mabhida, Kasturba Ghandi, Harry Gwala, A.S.Chetty, Hloni Zondi and Peter Brown, who have made a great impact on the lives of many people in South Africa.

The Old Prison dates back to Voortrekker times, with more than 150 years of history including the Colonial times, Apartheid, the Liberation Struggle, Political Struggle and ultimately to the dawn of democratic South Africa in 1994.

This tourist attraction educates people about the history of The Old Prison. The site was commissioned in 1862, and the first building built there was the monument block, which was later converted into a state of the art, world class museum. This, together with other fascinating buildings and isolation cells is a ‘must see’, as they depict the horror and torture of imprisonment in former days.

The changes that have taken place since those years have resulted in this emotion-laden historical place, (now used as a base by Project Gateway) becoming an inspiring incubator that uses empowerment programmes such as fashion design, computer literacy training and business development to enhance the lives of local people. Skills training and psycho-social support is transforming vulnerable youth throughout the province of KwaZulu-Natal by equipping them with ways to improve life for themselves and their families, turning a place of darkness into a place of light – and hope.

Our newly refurbished fashion and craft store featuring handmade products made by local crafters is also well worth visiting!

Project Gateway, Burger Street, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

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