On the 18th of July 2020, the Nelson Mandela Museum hosted a number of activities to celebrate the life and times of Nelson Mandela, with the needy people of Mthatha and followed by an Online Public Deliberations. The International Mandela Day event came at a time when the museum is celebrating twenty years of its existence and preserving Nelson Mandela’s legacy and values.
The COVID-19 pandemic did not deter on the museum‘s objective of dedicating its 67 minutes in honour of Nelson Mandela’s selflessness and compassion during his time. The museum kick-started its Mandela day event by feeding the homeless people, working jointly with Ibandla LaseMthini Evangelican Movement. The homeless people were given breakfast and lunch and face masks on the day.
The event was later followed by an Online Public Deliberation on “socio-economic impact of Corona Virus Disease 2019’’. The deliberation featured four guest speakers that include Professor Bonke Dumisa of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and an Advocate of the High Court, Bheki Mngomezulu, a full Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Cape, Clinical Psychologist Ms. Phaphama Makhalima who works for Livingstone Tertiary Hospital and Dr. Vukile Khumalo who is the Director of KZN Provincial Archives.
There was also a virtual launch of two exhibitions called ‘Freedom’ and ‘Mandela Quilt Exhibition’. The exhibition on Freedom has been produced and donated by the University of Winchester in 2018. This exhibition was developed using the information collected by Film students who visited South Africa earlier that year. The second launched exhibition is called “Mandela Quilt Exhibition” produced by South African and American artists who collaborated in making quilt art pieces to honour Nelson Mandela. The two exhibitions will be available on the museum’s website for virtual touring.