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Nelson Mandela Museum celebrates Mandela Day through An exhibition launch

July 29, 2011

Nelson Mandela Museum launched its travelling exhibition of the two South African Icons Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela and Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli at Temba Library, Hammanskraal.

The official launch of the ‘Mandela and Luthuli In Conversation’ travelling exhibition formed part of the Mandela Day celebrations. The fruitful launch of the exhibition is because of an existing partnership the Nelson Mandela Museum has with the City of Tshwane municipality.

The Mandela and Luthuli In Conversation travelling exhibitions have been exhibited in Brandford, Cradock, Cape Town (Gateway), Soshanguve, Samy Mancs, Port Shepstone.

The concept of the exhibition focuses on inspiring, educating and also influences debate among ordinary citizens of South Africa and the world. The two African National Congress leaders strived and sacrificed for peace and transformation in South Africa and Internationally.  It is through these sacrifices that the two leaders were awarded the Nobel Peace Prizes. Chief Alfred John Mvumbi Luthuli is the First African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 and in 1993 Dr Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela became a recipient of this award.

The Mandela and Luthuli In Conversation exhibition seeks to encourage South Africans and the people of the world to refrain from discriminatory actions and to adhere to the principles of Ubuntu and Justice.

The event was embraced by the visibility of Traditional leaders, City of Tshwane Officials, community structures, Learners and educators.

In his opening remarks, Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Museum encouraged learners, educators and community members to visit the local library in order to acquire knowledge and learn about the two great leaders of the struggle against apartheid.

The Mandela and Luthuli exhibition is an extra special exhibition focusing at inspiring our nation and its people. The two leaders have made it clear that through dialogue and debate our differences can be resolved,” Said Khwezi Mpumlwana.

Khwezi Mpumlwana told delegates and learners that the Mandela and Luthuli ‘In Conversation’ exhibition will allow communities and the youth an opportunity to learn and understand the pillars of the struggle. “The launch of this exhibition here will help also stimulate tourist attraction for the benefit of community tours and travel companies. We foresee this as an opportunity for art and craft marketers to use opportunities like these to market their products”, Said Khwezi Mpumlwana.

The exhibition stimulates conversations around the principles shared by the late Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli and Chief Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela.

Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, Let My People Go, 1962 once said: “I shall die, if need be, for this cause. But I do not want to die until I have seen the building begun. ‘Mayibuye iAfrica’. ” Come, Africa, Come”.

On the other side Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela, Rivonia Trial, 1964 once said: “I have cherished the Ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.

The statements made by the two leaders encourages us to groom leaders of tomorrow who can resolve issues of concern through consultation and debates. Chief Luthuli never took a decision alone, he will first consult his constituency and this is something that needs to be taught to the youth.

As the Tshwane municipality we commit ourselves in sharing our heritage with the youth through a project like this. The availability of this exhibition here in Tshwane will help establish leaders that will follow in the footsteps of our great leaders”, said Member of the Mayoral Committee of Tshwane municipality Faith Kgaditse.

As an educator I do believe that this exhibition have a power to motivate and to encourage youth and the community at large to associate themselves with the ideologies”, said Lindiwe Ngwenya.

In his closing remark the Nelson Mandela Museum CEO Khwezi Mpumlwana reminded guests about the role of the museum and its goals. “For the Nelson Mandela Museum to achieve its goal of taking heritage knowledge to the people we want to build partnerships with government institutions, private sector, Civic organisations for the preservation of our legacy. This Travelling exhibition allows communities to understand their history and debate it, in order to make informed decisions especially when it comes to issues of national interests”, Said Khwezi Mpumlwana

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