JOHANNESBURG: The Nelson Mandela Museum is offering visitors to its stand at the Festival of Africa exhibition at Melrose Arch a chance to win a small slice of history – a stunning signed photograph of Madiba himself.
The Nelson Mandela Museum – with sites in Qunu and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape – has launched a series of satellite exhibitions across South Africa as part of a national outreach programme.
Residents in Gauteng will be able to enter the raffle when visiting the Museums’ stand. The winner – who will receive a letter of authentication – will be announced at 3pm on July 3, when the exhibition closes.
The outreach programme is designed to showcase the Museum, a legacy project that celebrated its 10th anniversary on Mr Mandela’s 20th anniversary of freedom, on February 11, 1990.
The Museum recently received approximately R6m in funding from the national Department of Arts and Culture to proliferate Mr Mandela’s message of peace and hope to the world during the Fifa 2010 World Cup.
An important exhibition entitled In Conversation: Mandela and Luthuli – a collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Chief Albert Luthuli Museum in Stanger – is to be launched at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, on June 25.
Satellite In Conversation: Mandela and Luthuli exhibits are to be mounted at venues including the Nelson Mandela Gateway in Cape Town, Bloemfontein Museum, and at the Polokwane and King Shaka Airports. And the museum’s outreach programme will also embrace Sandton, and various other South African airports and public spaces.
Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Museum Mr Khwezi ka Mpumlwana said the Museum was thrilled that its funding proposal for 2010 outreach was selected to be part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s contribution to enhancing the 2010 World Cup visitor experience.
“The Eastern Cape region where Mr Mandela was born and raised – and built his retirement home – is an area rich in heritage. It is the authentic historical landscape of Mr Mandela, whose legacy is something the nation holds dear. Now the Museum has the opportunity to reach out from Mthatha and Qunu to showcase Mr Mandela and our institution to the world that will be visiting South Africa,” Mr ka Mpumlwana said.
The principles, life and work of leaders of the calibre of Mr Mandela and Chief Luthuli – Nobel Peace Prize winners, both – is something for all South Africans to cherish, and an example to all other peoples and countries.
The exhibitions will be on display until after Mr Mandela’s 92nd birthday on July 18. They would thereafter move to other South African heritage and educational institutions. A large version of the exhibition is on display at the Nelson Mandela Museum’s Bhunga Building site in Mthatha, along with another acclaimed installation, The Meaning of Mandela.