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October 17, 2011

Qunu J.S.S. on the Footprints Tour

The Nelson Mandela Museum is accompanying learners from the first school attended by Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in Qunu, on a journey of discovery to important heritage sites associated with Mr Mandela in the Western Cape. Qunu Junior Secondary School is a place that shaped Mr Mandela’s life. It was there that he acquired the Christian name, “Nelson”, from his first teacher, Ms Mdingane. “The school is our next door neighbour in Qunu,” said the Museum’s Marketing and Communications Manager Ms Nokuzola Tetani. “We have what we call The Footprints Tour in Qunu, where visitors are exposed to some of the authentic sites and sounds associated with Mr Mandela’s growth. Those with stamina can extend their tour beyond Qunu to the nearby villages of Mvezo, where Mr Mandela was born, and Mqhekezweni, where Mr Mandela was raised by the AbaThembu Regent after the death of his father. “What we are showing these learners is that the footsteps of our icon extend way beyond the villages, through the cities and across the world. We are exposing them this week to Robben Island, the old Victor Verster Prison, Parliament and Table Mountain. I believe they are having the time of their lives,” Ms Tetani said. This journey of discovery not only exposes learners to particular historical sites, but further seeks to add to their understanding of the political, economic and social conditions in our country. Thus, the journey also takes the learners to Cape Town’s old Gugulethu Township, where they will visit the Gugulethu Seven Monument and forge links with a local school. Media wishing to accompany the pupils to the Groot Drakenstein Prison on Thursday should please contact Ms Tetani (details below). Ends… For more information: Ms Nokuzola Tetani, and Tours, 047 5325110 or 082 4834643,

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