JOHANNESBURG, October 8,2013 (Times of India): South Africans are increasingly embracing Indian culture, opening up historical venues to Hindus to celebrate religious events. "The way in which other communities have embraced Hindu cultural activities is a direct result of the Rainbow Nation ideal of former President Nelson Mandela," said the Chairman of the Gauteng chapter of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, Sinthal Ramiah.
"We find that even the few whites who sometimes resist temples or mosques being built in their areas in their areas become friendlier when they learn what the Indian cultures are about," Ramiah added. The Sanathan Shakti Society, a recently-formed Hindu organisation, hosted first-ever Navratri Yatra in country's Gauteng province.
The Tshwane Chariot Festival 2013 saw a procession from Church Square to the Union Buildings, both historic sites in the capital of Pretoria. Both Church Square and the Unions Buildings were forbidden to people who were not white in the apartheid era.The same lawns on which free vegetarian food was being enjoyed by hundreds used to be splattered with signs warning that non-whites and dogs were not allowed on them.