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Nelson Mandela Museum Soldiers-on in Honour of Nelson Mandela Month

July 16, 2012

The Nelson Mandela Museum has once again honoured Mr. Nelson Mandela’s birthday by engaging in activities that will make a difference in communities, destitute families and most of all revive the ‘Past for a better tomorrow’.

For the previous years the Nelson Mandela Museum has positively responded by making a difference to the community of the Eastern Cape and further restored visible sites relating to Nelson Mandela. The 94th year birthday of Nelson Mandela has kick-started with a number of activities aimed at continuing to where Madiba left off?

The International Mandela Day mainly portrayed  as a day where businesses and the have’s need to make a contribution to the have-not, has seen the museum engaging directly and indirectly with various NGO’S, government departments, businesses, churches and institutions of higher learning in the social, educational upliftments of our communities. 

 As an institution representing a man of many talents; an Academic and an archivist in his own capacity, the Nelson Mandela Museum in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting scholars and heritage practitioners through a Colloquium program looking at the Legacies and the state of the archive in honour of Nelson Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Museum further views the content of a book written by Madiba at the time when in Robben Island and various documents and motion as part of the archives. It is through this notion the institutions embarked on fact finding mission about the current state of South Africa’s archives in relation to the forms of struggle waged by South Africans. The event is embraced by Minister Tokyo Sexwale who is the chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Revered Frank Chikane. This, colloquium will also feed to the international conference on’ archives deepening democracy’ planned for September 2012 and to be held in East London. 

 The community of the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality through Liberty in partnership with SpringAge will be hosting springbreak think tanks creating innovative ideas and projects with youth leaders within KSD and O.R.Tambo District Municipality in the footprints of Nelson Mandela. Liberty and SpringAge will contribute its 67 minutes Big Walk titled ‘stepping out for education’.  The financial broker will also assist community members through financial literacy workshops for the benefit of the community of KSD.  

As part of its Month long program, the Nelson Mandela Museum in partnership with the Mbizana Local Municipality, Ludeke Methodist Mission Church will revive the historical importance of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela Mandela footprint at Mbizana. The initiative will see the restoration of the site where Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela got married. The two stalwarts got married in 1958 after Nelson Mandela divorced Mrs Evelyn Mandela in 1957. The event will also see the Museum, Mbizana Local Municipality and the business community of Mbizana making a difference in the lives of two destitute families and further revamp one of the schools at Ludeke rural village. The event will take place on the 19th and 20th of July at Ludeke and Nkatolo village.  As part of its programs the Nelson Mandela Museum sponsored a bus to the Mvezo Traditional Council for the delivery of blankets to the elderly people of the Eastern Cape. The Winter Warmth Outreach Project is a project aimed at donating 2000 blankets to the elderly people of the Eastern Cape. The program has target rural areas of Mthatha, Lady Frere, Cofimvaba, Engcobo to mention a few. As an institution we felt it a necessity to support the initiative as our Patron always endorses a respect of the elderly.

 The Nelson Mandela Museum further views the Nelson Mandela month as a month aimed at honouring the unsung heroes of the struggle in relation to Madiba’s statement “i was not alone”. It is in his words that the Nelson Mandela museum has engaged with the Family of the late Chief Zwelebango “Msebenzi” Bhalizulu an ANC stalwart and an UMkhoto Wesizwe member and the family of Comrade Nkathazo who also spent 7 years in Robben Island. As a gesture to the contribution made by the late stalwarts, the institution honoured the two families by donating Tombstones to the two families.

 As a youth and an Artist by birth (Nelson Mandela), the Nelson Mandela Museum mentored artists from the Eastern Cape through an intensive 8 week Arts Incubator program at the Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Centre. The program was launched on the 13th of July 2012 in honour of Nelson Mandela art of war that brought us freedom of speech, peace and democracy.

 Knowledge sharing and heritage preservation is a form of the struggle Madiba waged especially through scribing and dialogue. As part of knowledge sharing the Nelson Mandela Museum in partnership with Vodacom, Google, Daily Dispatch and Uluvo lwethu Rural Development Agency capacitated unemployed grade 12 learners within the rural communities of Qunu in the field of Computer, Technology and Research. The initiative will see the formal launch of Qunu Online that will keep the world updated about current affairs of Qunu inter-alia Nelson Mandela’s footprints.  

 For more information contact Nokuzola Tetani on 0824834643 emails: nokuzola@nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za/mandelamuseum2@intekom.co.za/nokuzola3@gmail.com


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