NOTE:(Event has been cancelled) Arts and Culture to brief the media about the re-opening of the Nelson Mandela Bhunga Building


The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Museum invites members of the media to a press briefing about the re-opening of Nelson Mandela Bhunga Building tomorrow. The event will take place on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Centre of Memory in Central Street, Houghton , Johannesburg in Gauteng. The briefing will amongst others outline the new vision of the museum since the passing on of Nelson Mandela wherein the museum moves from celebrating the “living legacy” of Nelson Mandela to celebrating the “living the values.” The new chapter in the legacy of former President Mandela due to be to be launched in this year’s International Mandela Day in Mthatha.

In the current political climate in South Africa where racism is rearing its ugly head, the time has come to seriously propagate and educate society about the values of our founding fathers and what they represented.

Located at Qunu in Mthatha District, the Nelson Mandela Museum is a national heritage project of the Department of Arts and Culture. Mr Mandela, himself, mooted the idea of establishing a museum in his beloved Transkei to house gifts and awards he received from around the world that he believed rightly belonged to the nation. The re-opening of the museum will also stimulate local heritage tourism and create much-needed jobs.

The guest of honour at the briefing will be Mr Ahmed Kathrada (Mr Mandela’s dear friend, comrade and fellow Rivonia Trialist), while Professor Dennis Goldberg (also a friend, comrade and fellow trialist) and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu have sent special recorded messages to the gathering.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date                : Tuesday , 05  July 2016

Time               : 11:00

Venue             : Nelson Mandela Foundation, Centre of Memory in Central Street,                              Houghton , Johannesburg in Gauteng

RSVP: Patience Mogomotsi, 071 680 6709 / email:

For more information contact  Ms Nokuzola Tetani, Nelson Mandela Museum Communication Manager: 082 483 4643 or

Lisa Combrinck, Spokesperson for the Minister: 082 821 4886


Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture


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