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A personal message from Mr. Mandela

6 March 2005

To Whom It May Concern


The Nelson Mandela Museum is a not for profit institution established by the government of South Africa as part of a portfolio of legacy projects that seek to transform the heritage landscape from our apartheid past. At the same time, it is a resource for promoting economic development throughout tourism in an impoverished region of the country. This is a region in which I was born and grew up.

I was privileged to open the Museum five years ago, and continue to take personal interest in its work. In our view it is working hard to give substance to its vision of becoming “a living museum….. that embraces development and inspires people through education, culture and tourism.”

We would encourage and value any assistance which you are in a position to give to the Museum.

I thank you


Nelson R. Mandela 1918- 2013

“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” –  Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Museum present memoirs with Madiba


Nelson Mandela Museum will host activities to celebrate the establishment of the museum nineteen years ago and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison twenty nine years ago. The organised Nelson Mandela release celebrations are part of Nelson Mandela Museum centenary celebrations earmarked to end in the month of July.

The release of Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster prison on the 11th of February 1990 is characterised by the Pain and Joy endured by his family and a Pain endured by different South African families who lost their loved one’s on the day of Mandela’s release.


In celebrating the 29th year of Mandela’s release from prison and the 19th year celebration of the opening of Nelson Mandela Museum, the museum will host events at the Nelson Mandela Museum's Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu and Bhunga Building component in Mthatha in honour of the museum’s milestone and the heritage legacy brought upon by this month of February.


Nelson Mandela Museum will host a dialogue on interactions with Nelson Mandela prior his presidency and beyond. Panelists for the dialogue are Ms Ndileka Mandela(Madiba's first grand-daughter), Mr Sonwabile Ndamase (Madiba shirt designer), Ms Xoliswa Ndoyiya (Madiba’s Chef), Mr Mzwandile Vena (served as body guard of Madiba after his release). The Honourable Deputy speaker of the EC Legislature Mlibo Qoboyishane will facilitate the program.

The dialogue will take place on the 10th of February at the Nelson Mandela Museum, Bhunga Building component from 16h00. “As an embodiment of Nelson Mandela’s Legacy, our (Nelson Mandela Museum) existence is built on the sweat and blood of many South Africans and Internationals who embraced an ideology of Freedom, Justice and Democracy shared by Mandela.

Nelson Mandela’s release from prison highlights moments of joy and pain amongst South Africans and international community that supported a call for an end to minority rule. “We have set aside the 11th of February as an important day to celebrate. The planned activities cater for different audiences , where on the 08th of February we will be having schools competition ; on the 10th we will have a sporting event followed by a dialogue on experiences with Madiba and a Time travel event on the 11th of February.

“The objective behind the celebration of President Nelson Mandela’s Release is to encourage youth and communities to preserve South Africa’s democratic values for the betterment of our society”, said Public Engagement and Marketing Senior Manager Nontlahla Tandwa.

On the 08th of February 2019, the Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Centre will host debate, poetry and drama activities in order to make presentations on the heritage Legacy of Mandela. Participating schools are Dalindyebo High, Milton Mbekela, Clarkebury High and Xolilizwe Sangoni, Qunu, Mzimvubu Junior secondary school, Mandela Primary school, Zingisa comprehensive school, Mthatha High , Holy Cross High School, St Johns High School and Mqhekezweni Junior Secondary.

In the morning of the 10th of February 2019, Nelson Mandela Museum Bhunga building precinct will host an outdoor boxing tournament featuring boxers from Chris Hani and O.R.Tambo district municipalities from 10h00 to 15h00. The tournament is organised by Umtata Health Club, Ingwane FM, SANABO. BMSP and O.R.Tambo amateur boxing.

On the 11th of February 2019, the museum host a Time Travel event focussing on the footprints of Nelson Mandela’s release. Time travel event will take place at the Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu.

For more information and interviews call Nelson Mandela Museum Senior Manager Public Engagement and Marketing Ms Nontlahla Tandwa @ 047-501 9500/072 791 3493 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


DATE OF PROCEEDINGS: 08th, 10th and 11th February 2019

VENUES: Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Center in Qunu and Nelson Mandela Museum, Bhunga Building


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