Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha gets R93 million make over

BY JESICA SLABBERT - JULY 19, 2016

As the World observed International Mandela Day on Monday, the day also saw the relaunch of the Nelson Mandela Museum at Bhunga Building in Mthatha.

“Today is a very happy day for us in the museum. With all the family of Mandela, today the Nelson Mandela Museum celebrates yet another milestone in its history; the relaunch of the Nelson Mandela legacy,” said Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Museum Council, Mrs Nozuko Yokwana.

Refurbished at R93.4 million over the past four years, building preserves the legacy of the Province's global icon, Madiba, and also serves as an educational facility about the history of South Africa.

“The launch of the new exhibition inside this institution will therefore mark the beginning of the agenda for the museum. In an era in which we will re-commit to Mandela’s dreams and ideas of a world free of hunger, disease, inequality, deprivation and free from conflict, and a better world for everyone,”  said Yokwana.

The Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle was also in attendance at the relaunch.

“It gives me great joy to be part of this handover ceremony today, and on behalf of the people and the government of the Eastern Cape, may I extend our appreciation to both the national departments of Arts and Culture as well as Public Works as well as the Nelson Mandela Museum for ensuring this project did not become another dream deferred,” he told the media.

Masualle along with many of the honoured guests in attendance spoke fondly of Mandela and the legacy he has left behind.

“We are here to salute the memory of that icon, who stood head and shoulder above many of his peers, and through the reopening of this museum we preserve not only his memory but the memories of other heroes who perished in the name of freedom.”

Also in attendance were the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, and Father Michael Lapsley, who reminisced about Madiba and how he has changed their lives and the lives of the people of South Africa for the better.