26 November 2018
For Immediate Release
Freedom Park and The Nelson Mandela Museum Conduct Dialogues on Nelson Mandela’s Early Life in Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province.
Freedom Park, a National Heritage Destination and an Agency of the National Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Museum will commemorate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela by conducting a series of dialogues on the early life of the liberation struggle icon from 26 -30 November 2018, at Mthatha in the Eastern Cape Province.
The dialogues will be conducted in Mvezo , where Mandela was born and his umbilical cord lies ; Qunu where he grew up , Mqekezweni/Great Palace where Paramount Chief of the Thembu people lived and where Mandela went to heed his s father’s wish , a place where he was circumcised and trained in African leadership, Qokolweni where he studied grade seven as well as Clarkebury Senior Secondary School in Ngcobo.
This ambitious project is spearheaded by the Pan Africanist Archives unit of Freedom Park. Primarily, the project aims to capture, keep and preserve the narratives from the organic intellectuals, for utilization by the public for generations to come. These activities will also include capturing of the landscapes. Participants in the dialogues will include community members who observed Mandela from a distance, those who grew up with him, traditional leaders, Researchers and Archivists.
Members of the media are invited as follows:
27 November 2018: Clarkebury & Mqhekezweni
28 November 2018: Great Palace
29 November 2018: Qokolweni
30 November 2018: Tyalara
Starting Time: 7h00 am
Naomi Madima: 012 336 4006 /060 961 3851 or Nontlanhla Tandwa 076 469 3195 / 072 791 3493