The year 2021 marks the 21st anniversary of the establishment of the iconic Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha and the 31st remembrance of the release from prison of our global icon, the late former President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. The Museum was launched exactly ten years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison on the 11th of February 1990. Mandela served a 27-year sentence for his fight against the apartheid system. The celebration of his release started in 2001 for the purpose of keeping alive his memory and legacy.

The Museum will host two activities to commemorate the release. They will include an international summit and a radio programme entitled, “Mandela Release Programme”. On the 10th of February 2021, the Museum will hold a virtual international summit on the Zoom platform. The link to join the proceedings is: 

Topic: International Summit
Time: Feb 10, 2021 03:00 PM Harare, Pretoria

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Meeting ID: 723 5801 4790
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Speakers will be from both our national and international stakeholders, and the proposed theme will be: The release of Nelson Mandela: How it shaped current South Africa and the world. The proposed theme will look at the role played by Nelson Mandela after his release. His role included the abolition of apartheid that has remained his most prominent legacy and the fight for racial reconciliation. Apartheid was a system of racial inequality and racial separation.

National and international museums, heritage institutions, institutions of higher learning as well as schools have been invited. The speakers will be from some of the institutions.

The Mandela Release programme will follow the International Summit. Before Mandela's release, there was a Reception Committee established to welcome Mandela and honour his sacrifices. The committee members included Former Ministers Trevor Manuel, Vali Moosa, Sydney Mafumadi, former National Director of Public Prosecution Bulelani Ngcuka, and others. The Committee was established to prepare and co-ordinate his release. It was also tasked to assist in normalising the country's political situation during his release.

The Museum will celebrate the 31st anniversary of Mandela's release on the 18th of February 2021. The event will be hosted by SAFM, the country’s national radio broadcaster. The event will be a two hour show during prime time (10:00 -12 -00). The event will have live interviews with the Reception Committee members sharing their experiences on his release. It will be in the form of a debate and listeners' call-ins, posing questions to the presenters and SAFM's social media platform.

Former Ministers and Reception Committee members Trevor Manuel, Sydney Mafumadi and Acting Area Commissioner Mr. Jumaats at Drakenstein Correctional Services, will form part of the debate. Drakenstein Correctional Services is a prison where Mandela spent his 14 months of his 27 year imprisonment and the last stop of his long walk to freedom and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, unpacking their experiences and the country's challenges after 31 years of Mandela's release.