The 466/64 will come alive and will be a much talked about as most people will for the 1st time see the cell in which Nelson Mandela spent his most prison years on Robben Island Museum. The replica cell built by the South African National Defence Force in the Western Cape in partnership with Robben Island Museum will give an opportunity to communities to have an understanding of how Nelson Mandela’s life was like in Prison.
The cell will be temporarily opened at the Nelson Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre, a second component of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, pending the re-opening of the Main Museum, the Bhunga Building in town, on 11 February 2015. This will coincide with the launch of the 5th December as an Annual Commemoration Day, by theHonourable Premier of the Eastern Cape.
The 5th will be characterised by a series of events that begin at 07h00. The first activity will be:
1) The Walk- For- Peace and Unity that will start at 07h00 from the Mandela Residence in Qunu, and will end at the Nelson Mandela Youth & Heritage Centre also located in Qunu, followed by a recommitment pledge to Madiba’s values in the form of isivivane.
2) Opening of the 466/64 permanent exhibition- Nelson Mandela Cell replica built and donated to the museum by SANDF, in partnership with Robben Island Museum; Time-Midday, Venue-Qunu NMY&HC
3) Official endorsement of the 5th as the Annual Commemoration Day. The day will be declared an annual commemoration day by the Honourable Premier Of The Eastern Cape; Time- Midday, venue – QunuNMY&HC
4) Amateur Boxing Tournament symbolising Madiba’s love for boxing and sport in general; Time-Evening
The 466/64 exhibition cell will temporarily be on show at the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage centre but later transferred to a refurbished Nelson Mandela museum Bhunga building site in the city of Mthatha. The cell will form part of a newly refurbished Bhunga Building along with other new components such as; reference library, Multi media Centre, children’s exhibition rooms, theatre, exhibition halls and orientation centre etc.
“On behalf of the Nelson Mandela museum family, the people of South Africa and International community; we are proud of the honour bestowed by the South African National Defence Forces Western Cape division’s appreciation of the role played by the democratically elected first commander in chief of the South African National Defence force.
We see this initiative as a symbol of Unity and appeasement among members of the South African Defence Forces who once fought each other. As an institution we promise members of the South African National Defence Force to open this exhibition for viewing by both inbound and outbound tourists visiting Nelson Mandela Museum, “said Nelson Mandela museum acting C.E.O, Dr Noel Solani.
For further information please contact: Ms. Nokuzola Tetani 0824834643