In memory and honour of Oliver Reginald Tambo, the City declared the month of October as OR Tambo Month to celebrate the life and legacy of this struggle icon.
Oliver Reginald (OR) Kaizana Tambo was born on 27 October 1917. He was a South African anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary who served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 until 1991. He passed away on 24 April 1993 and he and his wife, Adelaide, are laid to rest at the Tamboville Cemetery in Wattville, Benoni. The couple had also lived in Wattville.
Tambo was honoured by the City by changing the name of the former Jan Smuts International Airport in 2006 and renamed it the OR Tambo International
“One of the things I have heard about OR Tambo is that he was passionate about education and for me to honour him will be through making sure that I do well at school and progress to be a lawyer as he was one,” said Tumelo Mollo from Vosloorus.
Some known activities that are undertaken to honour this gentle giant include the Wreath Laying Ceremony normally at the Tamboville Cemetery in Wattvile held on October 27, and also the Annual Adelaide and O.R Tambo Memorial Lecture.