Dr Booi

The Nelson Mandela Museum, has appointed Dr Vuyani Gweki Booi as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr Vuyani Booi will resume his duties as the CEO from the 16th of May 2022. Dr Booi is replacing Mr Bonke Tyhulu who had been with the museum since 2017.

Dr Booi is a seasoned heritage practitioner, public intellectual and researcher that is passionate about the national liberation heritage. He holds PhD in Social Sciences (UFH), MA in Visual and Public History (UWC), PG Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies (UWC) and BA in Social Work (UFH). He attended the International Curatorial Training Program at British Museum (BM) in the United Kingdom.

Dr Booi worked at University of Fort Hare as a Senior Curator/Manager at the National Heritage and Cultural Studies (NAHECS). He further had an opportunity to serve as an Acting Director of NAHECS for several occasions in the same centre. He has more than 20 years working experience within the field of Heritage and Culture. During his 20-year service at Fort Hare, seventeen (17) of those years he worked as a Senior Manager with a mandate to uphold the vision, values and the integrity of NAHECS.

NAHECS is a leading heritage development Centre whose objective is to contribute to the development and transformation of South African heritage landscape. It houses the archives of liberation movements namely, ANC, PAC, AZAPO/BCM, NUM and personal papers of Nelson Mandela, OR Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Robert Sobukwe. It also keeps the South African Contemporary South African Black Art and artists collection dating from 1937 to 1992 and African Indigenous collections dating from 1880 to 1937.

Dr Booi served on various boards and committees representing the University of Fort Hare. The boards included but not limited to Nelson Mandela National Museum, ANC Centenary Task Team, Victoria Hospital Board, Archival Platform Board at University of Cape Town, Eastern Cape Oral History and Indigenous Music Committee and ANC-Fort Hare Archives Committee.

He has a very strong international experience as he represented University of Fort Hare in various platforms and even abroad. For instance, he had an opportunity to visit City of Reggio Emilio in Italy, Cairo in Egypt and London in the United Kingdom and University of Connecticut in the US to advance the position of the University of Fort Hare on issues related to liberation archives, heritage, research and collaborations and partnerships.

“We are pleased and happy to have Dr Booi as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela. His knowledge and experience within Universities, Government, Heritage and Cultural, Liberation route and historical interpretation of South Africa’s liberation struggle history will serve as a bonus in augmenting and preservation of Nelson Mandela’s values and that of his political peers.

“His appointment came at a time when the Museum is asserting itself and claiming its authority and have set the bar of accumulating three consecutive Clean audits and we believe that he will continue to take the museum to greater heights. Furthermore, Dr Booi’s expertise will help strengthen Nelson Mandela Museum brand locally, nationally and internationally”, said Nelson Mandela Museum Chairperson Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa.

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