Come and celebrate Mandela Day with
us on 18 July 2009. It's Nelson Mandela’s 91st birthday and we are compiling a special
book of birthday messages for Madiba.
Each visitor to Mandela House on 18 July can write a personal birthday message to Madiba in a special birthday book which we will be presenting
to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
If you share your birthday with
Madiba, you will be allowed free entry to Mandela House on 18 July 2009 (proof of identification required)
March 20098 Mandela House opens
On 19 March 2009, the restored Mandela House and new Visitor Centre was opened by Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile at a prestige function held in Ngakane Street, adjacent to the House. Hosts Soweto Heritage Trust were honoured to welcome Ms Winnie Madikizela Mandela and her daughters, HRH Princess Zenani Dlamini and Ms Zindzi Mandela, and their family members, as well as MMC for Social services Ms. Nandi Mayethula, and Mr. Sim Tshabalala, CE of the Standard Bank of South Africa, along with other valued guests and community members.
At the function Ms Zindzi Mandela read a statement from her father, former President Nelson Mandela, congratulating the Soweto Heritage Trust on its initiative to restore and develop the heritage site, and underlining the importance of preserving these memories and significance of the House for the nation:
“We are pleased that the Soweto Heritage Trust has undertaken the restoration refurbishment and upgrading of our family’s old Soweto property.
The heritage of this humble dwelling is of course one of struggle and sacrifice, but it is also one that demonstrates the ability of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. It is the heritage not only of one family, but that of all the people of Soweto and of our nation who refused to bow down to tyranny or succumb to bitterness.
It is fitting that number 8115 Ngakane Street, Soweto, should now become part of a community of institutions dedicated to ensuring that our country’s history is preserved and made accessible to future generations. There is much we can learn from the past as we chart the future. This was the vision which informed our decision to place the property in the custody of the Trust originally.
Congratulations to all the dedicated fundraisers, funders, researchers, designers and curators who have made this possible.
We wish you every success in this important endeavour.
I thank you N R MANDELA
(Copy of Mr Mandela’s statement courtesy of the Nelson Mandela Foundation)
International Museum Day - 18 May 2009
International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977. Each year, a theme is decided on by the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Museums. This year, the theme is ‘Museums and Tourism’.
The event provides the opportunity for museum professionals to meet the public and alert them to the challenges that museums face if they are to be - as in the ICOM definition of museums - "an institution in the service of society and of its development".
To celebrate this important day in the heritage and museum sector, entrance to Mandela House will be half price for all on 18 May 2009. We hope you will join us.