Oliver Reginald Tambo or OR Tambo for short was born in 1917 and died in 1993. OR Tambo was a central figure of the African National Congress and was an avid anti-apartheid politician.
On the 27th of October in 1917 Oliver Tambo was born. His mother was Julia and his father was Mzimeni. OR Tambo was born in Nkantolo in Bizana in the eastern part of Pondoland which is now named the Eastern Cape. After OR Tambo matriculated from St. Peters Johannesburg where he then proceeded to do his university degree at the Fort Hare University, however in 1940 he was expelled from the university along with Nelson Mandela because they took part in a student strike.
OR Tambo went back to Johannesburg to teach science and mathematics at his former high school in 1942. OR Tambo, Mandela and Walter Sisulu founded the ANC Youth League in 1943 and became the first National Secretary of the league to become the National Executive in 1948.
The ANC protested the anti-apartheid movement through the use of petitions and demonstrations, however the ANC Youth League believed that these actions were not enough and created their own programme of action which included various tactics like civil disobedience, strikes, boycotts and non-collaboration.
OR Tambo Airport
The OR Tambo Airport also known as OR Tambo International Airport is an international airport which is a major airport situated in Kempton Park in Gauteng which is near Johannesburg. OR Tambo Airport is the hub for most international and domestic travel from and in South Africa and is able to cope with 28 million passengers per year. The OR Tambo Airport is also the centre for South African Airways which is South Africa’s largest domestic and international flight carrier as well as local airlines that fly domestically.
OR Tambo airport was not always named this and before was called the Johannesburg International Airport and before this it was called the Jan Smuts International Airport. The name was first changed in 1994 after the new South African Government came into being and in 2006 it was once again renamed to OR Tambo in dedication to the former President of the African National Congress.
The OR Tambo airport is classified as a hot and high airport which means that because of where it is placed the air is thin as its 1700 meters above sea level. The effect that this has on the airplanes is that the aircraft’s need to reduce their weight by having less fuel. Also the runways are also longer because of the air being thin.
A few features available at OR Tambo Airport
- Flights can be booked via the O.R Tambo Website
- O.R Tambo Airport has car rental facilities which can easily be booked online via this website
- O.R Tambo Airport has hotels
- There are also shuttle buses available to transport you in and around O.R Tambo International Airport.
OR Tambo is more commonly known by international travelers as Johannesburg Airport. It is one of two Airports in the city of Johannesburg with the other being Lanseria International Airport. Johannesburg Airport is the busiest in Africa and is located in the business hub of South Africa catering for both business and private travelers. A number of major airlines operate from Johannesburg International Airport including Mango Airlines, SAA (or South African Airways) , British Airways and Kulula Airlines. The airport also has an array of shops and services including car rental and airport shuttle services.