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July 07, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Museum is dedicating the whole month of July as the Mandela Month, through a series of activities that seek to benefit needy communities. Nelson Mandela once said in his book called Long Walk to Freedom “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” It is in this spirit that Nelson Mandela Museum is inspired to commit its 67 minutes by ‘Making everyday a Mandela day’.

 As an epitome of Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela’s vision, the museum launches the Mandela Month program with a focus on the ‘three special women in Madiba Life’: Evelyn Mase-Mandela; Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Graca Machel. The theme aims at awakening the voices and legacies of these women, which form the three core layers of Nelson Mandela’s life and times; “The humble beginnings’, ‘The Freedom Struggle’, ‘and Human Rights Advocacy”. The programme is multifaceted, composed of outreach activities, targeting destitute families and public institutions that are located in the villages where these women were born. The objective is to link their legacies to existing tourism routes for economic development. It will also serve as a stepping stone in spearheading preservation of tangible and intangible heritage associated to Nelson Mandela.

Other activities will include a DIALOGUE focusing on ‘Lessons and values that could be derived from the life of the late first democratic President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’ to be held at the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu on 18 July 2014 from 13h00; handing over of the Information Center for use by the Qunu Tourist Guide Association; Handing over of craft production material to the elderly, all on 18 July 2014. Cultural Sport Exchange – Germany versus Eastern Cape; Siyadlala Mandela Games; Memorial Unveiling for Chief Jongintaba Mtirara who raised Madiba in Mqhekezweni, and the launch of the League Of Friends Of Nelson Mandela Museum will also be hosted by the museum and its partners such as DSRAC, DAC, ECPTA, Engcobo Municipality and Mbizana Municipalities.

As an institution we felt it a necessity to give honour to these unsung women for the contribution they have made in the life of our icon. These women represent different stages in the life of Nelson Mandela.

For further information please contact: Ms. Nokuzola Tetani 0824834643


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