Old World Charm

©Marinda Louw
Brightly coloured houses dot the hillside in Alice, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.
©Eric Miller
The town of Alice has a small population in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Alice is a quaint little town situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, known for its old charm. The town grew around a military encampment known as Fort Hare and became well known as a mission centre, with Presbyterian missionaries founding a famous educational centre known as Lovedale.

The small town of Alice is the site of the University of Fort Hare, the alma mater of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, and many other leading political figures in the liberation movement and the government of South Africa. The University of Fort Hare was established as a place of higher education of black graduates from Lovedale and other schools. The archives of the African National Congress (ANC) are found there, as well as significant collections of African art from all over the continent.

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History of Alice

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University of Fort Hare in Alice

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