It was in South Africa that Gandhi developed, between 1910 and 1913, his Satyagraha philosophy of passive resistance, and it was on Tolstoy Farm that he and his followers lived out this philosophy. The Farm was named after Russian novelist and philosopher Leon Tolstoy. Hermann Kallenbach, a white farmer, was so impressed with the peaceful way of life at Phoenix that he offered Gandhi his own big Farm near Johannesburg to start another colony. He suggested that all those who had lost their jobs and homes by their participation in the Satyagraha could be settled there. The new colony was established in 1910 and named ‘Tolstoy Farm’, after the great Russian writer whom Gandhi much admired. Here people who were different in nationality, religion, and colour lived together like one family. They worked hard and shared the fruits of their labour! At present, all that is left of Tolstoy Farm, on land owned by brick company; 'Corobrik' are the foundations. Negotiations are currently underway between the Gandhi Centenary Council (GCC) and Corobrik to draw up an agreement governing the use of the land. "The owner has shown an interest in keeping the legacy of Gandhi alive and is prepared to donate the land, provided it is used for the museum and training centre. The GCC plans to erect the Mahatma Gandhi Museum and a multi-skills training centre on the Lenasia property, approximately 35km from the City centre and 17km from Soweto. Work will begin on the development in February, said GCC vice-chairman Prema Naidoo. At present, all that is left of Tolstoy Farm, are the foundations! "The revival of Tolstoy Farm, the Commune started by Mahatma Gandhi during his tenure in Johannesburg a Century ago, received a further boost with contributions from the Indian government on his 152nd birthday on Saturday." (an exert from
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