Practitioners in the heritage sector are paying attention to the worrying state of historic legacies and how they are preserved for the country and the continent of Africa. Professionals in the sector believe that there is a growing urgency on all the affected public and private role-players to craft a national plan for the safeguarding of historic evidence that is potential archive material.

The Mandela month provides a moment for the role-players to address the subject and also reflect on the desired archival strategy of the historic material of Nelson Mandela.

A colloquium focussing on the “Legacies and the state of the archives” will be held at the Nelson Mandela Museum, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa from 17 – 18 July 2012. A detailed programme is click here available on

Speakers at the colloquium include Reverend Frank Chikane, Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Professor Ciraj Rassool, Professor Gary Minkley, Dr Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, Professor Luli Callinicos, Dr Xolela Mangcu, Dr Phindezwa Mnyaka, Deputy Minister A. Dlodlo, Reverend B. Finca and Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa.

The Colloquium is a preparatory session for the International Conference on Archives that will be hosted by the National Heritage Council from 17 – 19 September 2012 at the ICC in East London, Eastern Cape Province.


Issued by:      The National Heritage Council – on behalf of all the partners, Nelson Mandela Museum and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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