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Mandela Museum reaches out to the world

June 07, 2010

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha and Qunu is proud to announce its receipt of approximately R6m in funding from the national Department of Arts and Culture to proliferate Mr Mandela’s message of peace and hope to the world during the Fifa 2010 World Cup.

An important exhibition entitled Mandela and Luthuli: In Conversation – a collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Chief Albert Luthuli Museum in Stanger – is to be launched at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, on 25 June.

Satellite Mandela and Luthuli: In Conversation exhibits are to be mounted at venues including the Nelson Mandela Gateway in Cape Town, Bloemfontein Museum, and at the Polokwane and King Shaka Airports. And the museum’s outreach programme will also embrace Sandton, and various other South African airports and public spaces.

Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Museum Mr Khwezi ka Mpumlwana said the Museum was thrilled that its funding proposal for 2010 outreach was selected to be part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s contribution to enhancing the 2010 World Cup visitor experience.

“The Eastern Cape region where Mr Mandela was born and raised – and built his retirement home – is an area rich in heritage. It is the authentic historical landscape of Mr Mandela, whose legacy is something the nation holds dear. Now the Museum has the opportunity to reach out from Mthatha and Qunu to showcase Mr Mandela and our institution to the world that will be visiting South Africa,” Mr ka Mpumlwana said.

The principles, life and work of leaders of the calibre of Mr Mandela and Chief Luthuli – Nobel Peace Prize winners, both – is something for all South Africans to cherish, and an example to all other peoples and countries.

The exhibitions will be on display until after Mr Mandela’s 92nd birthday on July 18. They would thereafter move to other South African heritage and educational institutions. A large version of the exhibition is on display at the Nelson Mandela Museum’s Bhunga Building site in Mthatha, along with another acclaimed installation, The Meaning of Mandela.

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