R11.8m to refurbish Mandela Centre

Johanneburg - The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg has received a R11.8 million grant for its refurbishment from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

National Lottery board chairman Alfred Nevhutanda said it was a contribution to maintain the Mandela legacy, as the world celebrated July as Mandela Month.

Nelson Mandela. Credit: Associated Press

“The legacy left to us by Tata Mandela is most significant. We are proud that the ordinary people of South Africa, through participation in the National Lottery, are going to contribute to maintaining this rich legacy.”

Nevhutanda said one of the fund's aims was to support projects which would leave a legacy.

The centre's premises in Houghton, Johannesburg, were first used by Mandela for his post-presidential work. After his retirement in 2004 it was turned into an archival and dialogue centre.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which would feature a permanent exhibition, would be opened to the public in mid-2013.

The centre's CEO Achmat Dangor said: “This grant will assist us in fulfilling Madiba’s mandate to make the record of his life and times available to the world, especially young to people.” - Sapa