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Nelson Mandela 100 Years Celebration:

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


In celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day for Freedom, Justice and Democracy; Nelson Mandela Museum has partnered with both Public and Private Institutions to celebrate the values of Nelson Mandela and a centenary of Oliver Tambo by bringing hope to needy communities through poverty elevation initiative.

Nelson Mandela Museum, Department Of Arts and Culture and Eastern Cape Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape Department of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture and the Department of Public Works views Nelson Mandela International day as a day where private sector and public sector representatives dedicate 67 minutes of their time by making a difference in the lives of both urban and rural needy communities.   

In advancing Nelson Mandela International day course; Africa Rising, British America Tobacco, Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Department of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture and Nelson Mandela Museum will embark on a 1 Million seedlings project (planting of seeds) within the area of Qunu.

The 1 Million Seedlings Project aim at addressing the recent global rise in food prices and poverty by addressing encouraging rural communities to prioritise importance of the agricultural sector for social and economic stability of within rural communities.

The Mandela Day event will foresee an official unveiling of the Mandela Legacy Canvas which was bought by BATC (British American Tobacco Company) from a fundraising auction in 2011.

The Mandela Legacy Canvas is made from the hand - prints of 67 celebrities that included former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Prince Albert of Monaco; Boris Johnson, London Mayor; Reggie Bush, US football star; Djimon Hounsou, Hollywood star; Black Mambazo; Freshly Ground; Jurgen Klinsmann, German soccer legend; President of Gabon ;Ali Bongo Ondimba, Dr Danny Jordan, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, The Western Cape Premier Ms Helen Zille, The Minister in the Presidency Mr Jeff Radebe and former Bafana Bafana stars Quinton Fortune, Sean Bartlett and many other legends .

The canvass will be officially handed over to the museum by the Head of External Affairs for British American Tobacco South Africa, Mr. Joe Heshu for permanent exhibiting at the Nelson Mandela Museum Bhunga building site in Mthatha.

The official unveiling of the Mandela Legacy Canvas will be accompanied by the launch of the League of Friends of Nelson Mandela Museum.

In preparation for the upcoming centenary celebrations of Nelson Mandela scheduled for 2018, the museum will host a dialogue on ‘Critical Reflections on the Legacies of Nelson Mandela and O.R.Tambo’ as part of celebrating the lives of two Human rights activities and ANC presidents.

 The speakers for the dialogue are Professor Balintulo who will be looking on Africa through the eyes of Tambo and Mandela, Dr Buhlungu on locating Tambo and Mandela values within the Liberation Struggle, Dr Tom on the Meaning of Tambo and Mandela.

 The dialogue seeks to advance South Africa’s democratic gains through dialogue on memory, reconciliation and human rights values both leaders stood-for.

The theme of the dialogue is ‘’ Critical Reflections on the Legacies of Oliver Reginald Tambo and Nelson Mandela’’.

The dialogue will take place on the 18th July 2017 from 18h00 at the Bhunga building premises in Mthatha.


For more information please call Ms. Nokuzola Tetani 047-501 9500/082 483 4643 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The ‘famous handprints’ project was first launched in as part of its World Cup legacy projects to honour former president Nelson Mandela for his advocacy for peace and unity. The canvas was auctioned in 2011 to raise funds Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

With overwhelming detail at the edges, bearing the letters ‘HOPE, PEACE, LOVE, UNITY’ that evoke emotion, exhilarating and thought provoking at the same time at a time when scattered thoughts are norm of the day, with confusion ripe, South Africans distracted by a whole lot of things that are prevalent in the country today, this artwork was conceptualised and produced by Celebrity Services Africa (CSA) for the City of Cape Town as part of its World Cup legacy projects to honour former president, Nelson Mandela.

Led by the new board, the Nelson Mandela Museum will advocate Nelson Mandela’s values, working with partners in Africa and abroad. There is growing interest in working with Nelson Mandela Museum globally. The Nelson Mandela Museum recently signed a partnership agreement with the University of Winchester, to work with Nelson Mandela Museum in its endeavour to inspire positive change in society through the legacy and values of Nelson Mandela.


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