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NELSON MANDELA MUSEUM IN MTHATHA CLOSING FOR MAJOR UPGRADE AT THE END OF OCTOBER

October 11, 2011

The Nelson Mandela Museum will temporarily close its Mthatha site for a major upgrade at the end of October and will operate solely from Qunu.

The closure of the Bhunga Building will not affect normal Museum operations. The Museum’s exhibition offering is being expanded at its multi-facetted Qunu site – also known as the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre. The Museum also offers accommodation and conferencing facilities, indoor and outdoor sports, a restaurant and secure parking Various cultural and adventure tour options customised to suit visitor needs are available. These include the popular Footprints Tour, also known as the Nelson Mandela Heritage Trail, that allow visitors to walk in the footprints of Nelson Mandela visiting various sites of historical significance directly associated with him from Mvezo, Qunu and Mqhekezweni, to the University of Fort Hare. The upgrading of the Bunga Building has been on the cards for several years as the structure does not fit the expectations of a modern museum. The Bunga was custom-built in the 1930s to house the region’s administration. Its upgrade will take up to 30 months. The state of the art Nelson Mandela Museum building that will emerge will meet 21st century standards, and will once again feature a display of gifts awarded to Mr Mandela by the people of the world. The architecture and specialised internal environmental control system will meet international heritage and preservation standards. Furthermore, the renovation of the site will help boost the image of the Eastern Cape Province and the city of Mthatha. The new structure will include a reference library, IT Centre, children’s room, theatre, exhibition halls and orientation centre. The Museum would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience and urge all stakeholders, South Africans and members of the international community, to take the long walk with us to Qunu.

 For more information and Tours, Contact:

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communication: Ms. N.Tetani Tel: (047) 532 5110/ Cell: 082 4834643 Email: nokuzola@nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za Marketing and Communications Department Nelson Mandela Museum, Bunga Building, Mthatha


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