Renovations at Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre

Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu

The renovations at the Nelson Mandela Museum Youth and Heritage Centre have finally started. The Centre, located in Qunu serves as a Catalyst for youth and community development programmes. It was officially opened in 2006 by South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.

On 12 August 2019 the Department of Public Works handed over the site to the contractor to enable actual renovation work to begin. The maintenance programme includes the following: building, electrical, civil works and upgrading of sewer system.

The renovations will be at an amount of R36 515 415.63. There are approximately 49 direct job opportunities to be created with local Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) also expected to benefit. The center possesses authentic ruins that are associated with the former world statesman.

A sliding stone is one of the major attractions available in the center. There are also ruins of a rondavel where he was named Nelson on his first day of school. The family grave site is located not far from the center, a church where he was baptised and a residential place where he was laid to rest. ‘We fully understand the inconvenience that was caused by the closure of the center to its clientele. Visitors are also reminded about other sites that are part of the narrative, that include Clarkebury and Mqhekezweni.

The renovations will indeed provide much improved offerings and programming. Infrastructure will also be improved’, said Senior Manager for Public Engagement and Marketing Ms Nontlahla Tandwa.

For more information and interviews call Nelson Mandela Museum Senior Manager Public Engagement and Marketing Ms Nontlahla Tandwa @ 047-501 9500/072 791 3493 email nontlahla@nelsonmandelamuseum.org.za