The Red Location is one of the oldest settled black townships of Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) and derives its name from a series of corrugated iron barrack buildings, which are rusted a deep red colour.
Building materials for the sheds stem from the First South African War (1899-1902) structures – the Boer concentration camp at Uitenhage as well as the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at De Aar.
It became a site of struggle during the years of Apartheid and many prominent political and cultural leaders were either born or lived in Red Location, with a number of significant “struggle” (umZabalazo) events occurring here.
The Red Location Museum of Struggle is a must-see on any visitor’s itinerary. The museum chronicles South Africa’s turbulent apartheid history and long struggle for freedom. Several prestigious awards have been bestowed on the museum for its magnificent architecture.
Visitors are active participants. The floor space contains various “memory boxes”, each one exhibiting the life story or perspective of people or groups who fought against the Apartheid regime. There is no clear hierarchy to the arrangement of these boxes, and visitors are free to walk between and into them in whichever order they wish.
Corner Olof Palme and Singaphi Streets, New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, 6200
Mondays to Fridays 09h00 to 16h00; Saturdays 09h00 to 15h00; Closed Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas and New Years Day
Telephone: 041 408 8400