ABOUT STALLION TOURS

Stallion Day Tours in Gauteng

Alfred, is an organized and punctual individual who worked at a company called Chillers for 9 years as a manager and then decided to run his own Tourism Company. His command of the English language is excellent and this makes communication a great asset. His mission is to show as many people as he can, just how diverse and energetic Gauteng really is and what a major contribution it makes to South Africa as a whole. His vision is to expand beyond the borders of Gauteng and grow into a national tourism company and all the while maintaining the honour of forming intimate relationships with guests. With over 4 years of experience, his vision and mission are certainly leaving footprints of a great legacy on our African soil.

JOHANNESBURG


Stallion Day Tours in GautengJust over 100 years ago, the economic and industrial centre of South Africa today was an endless untouched savannah.This changed very fast when the first gold was found in 1886.
The news spread like wildfire and the area experienced an unprecedented gold rush. The government sent two deputies, who founded a little settlement and named it after the first name they both had in common, Johannesburg.

Three years later the place was the biggest town in the country. By 1875 almost 100,000 people lived in Johannesburg and the mines employed more than 75,000 workers.

Black people from the reservations were forced to work in the mines. The men had to do that for at least a year. During this time they were separated from their wives and children and were living under inhumane conditions in the so-called "hostels". To stay emotionally in contact with their home and their culture, many of the men started to practise their traditional dances. In the course of the years these performances of the mine dancers also became part of the weekend entertainment for many whites in Johannesburg.

GHANDI


The Gandhian notion of “passive resistance” or satyagraha, the strategy that won independence for India in 1948, had earlier roots in South Africa. Mahatma Gandhi lived in South Africa for 21 years from 1893. He arrived as the lawyer for an Indian trading company, but, appalled by the racism and discrimination he encountered, he founded an Indian political movement, the Natal Indian Congress. He conceived his ideas of “passive resistance” during protests in 1906 when he made a speech warning that “violence begets violence” and that love and truth must eventually prevail.
Gandhi, founder of non-violent resistance and father of India's struggle for independence from Britain, arrived in South Africa in 1893 to handle a legal case in Pretoria. He moved to Johannesburg in 1903 and, in between return visits to India, stayed in the country for 21 years before going back to his homeland.

The early period of Gandhi's stay in Johannesburg was taken up with establishing his legal firm, but from 1906 he became actively involved in politics and this helped formulate his ideas on passive resistance.

When Gandhi first came to Johannesburg he lived in rooms behind his law offices in Rissik Street. Henry Pollak was a partner in his law firm and Gandhi moved into Pollak's house in Orange Grove, at 34 Grove Road. The house still stands - a jolly yellow house, with green roof, and a bignonia and plumbago hedge, with pointsettias in the front garden.

Gandhi, who said in his autobiography that he would "always be a South African Indian", has been remembered in Johannesburg through the naming of Gandhi Square in 1999, which was originally the site of the first courthouse, built in 1893. It was called Government Square, but was renamed Van der Byl Square (first chairman of Eskom, built on the square) when the old building was demolished in 1948. Some 40 percent of the square is used as a bus terminus, with banners flying indicating: Gandhi Square.