Located in the Ginsberg Township of King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, the Centre focuses on translating global interest in the legacy of anti-apartheid activist Bantu Stephen Biko into a developmental resource for the region.
Often, when articulating the developmental agenda, housing, electricity and water are at the fore of discourse; less emphasis is placed on the intangible, yet equally important aspects of heritage, culture and history. The Steve Biko Centre contributes to both facets of development, serving as an intellectual resource, while providing an economic opportunity for the region.
The Steve Biko Centre is comprised of:
The bricks and mortar of the history now remembered, the museum is more than a tourist attraction, it is a rich resource that supports the work of the arts and culture, education and research and policy units to name a few.
The multipurpose space seats 600 cinema style, 405 classroom style or 330 banquet style. The venues can be configured to a client’s requirements, with mobile partitioning allowing for a variety of group sizes and seating configurations.
Biko Heritage Trail
Located in the Eastern Cape, The Biko Heritage Trail is comprised of seven Biko related sites; it is significant to state that some of the sites were declared national monuments in 1997 on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. These sites have been declared national heritage sites and consistently garner both local and international attention.
For more special treats while at the Centre you can visit the Aluta Restaurant and Lounge.
Recognizing the link between economic realities and human dignity; through its programs, SBF seeks to advance economic development by empowering individuals and communities to develop sustainable livelihoods. The Foundation’s approach is underpinned by the principle of self-reliance and aims to assist in diminishing degrees of uncertainty and vulnerability in the lives of the economically disadvantaged.
The main library is open to the public and boasts a wonderful range of fiction and non-fiction books, which library-users may borrow or use on site. Providing knowledge and information in various formats, other resources that can be found at the library include audio CDs, DVDs, e-books and virtual library items, microform media, photographs, academic journals, periodicals, maps and pamphlets.
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