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Emperors Palace proudly displays rich South African history

16 July 2010

During the last years of the 20th century, the world’s eyes were focused on South Africa and its transformation under the newly appointed African National Congress (ANC) into a true democracy. One of the most significant times in the rich South African history were the CODESA (Convention for a democratic South Africa) talks held at the World Trade Centre, (formerly Caesars Gauteng) now Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Entertainment Resort which eventually led to a democratic South Africa.

In December 1991, political parties gathered at the World Trade Centre, now Emperors Palace, to commence negotiations for a political settlement in South Africa. This was to be the venue for formal talks for the next two years. The CODESA negotiations took place from 1990 until 1993 between the governing National Party (NP), the ANC, and a wide variety of other political organisations. Negotiations took place against a backdrop of political violence in the country, including allegations of a state-sponsored third force destabilising the country. The negotiations resulted in South Africa's first multi-racial election, which was won by the African National Congress.

The CODESA walkway has now been erected in the heart of the Convention Centre at Emperors Palace in what was the original area of the World Trade Centre where the negotiations took place. "The CODESA walkway was developed in commemoration of the CODESA negotiations that took place within the now Emperors Palace walls. The walkway highlights the negotiations that took place, and depicts historical events occurring at the time with displays augmented by copies of newspapers, press articles and interviews from the late 1980's and early 1990's," says Bob Yearham, Emperors Palace Chief Operating Officer.

For further information on all the CODESA Walkway please call Emperors Palace on (011) 928 1000.


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