Mandela house rescue efforts bear fruits

Gauteng Provincial Government together with Soweto Tourism and relevant stakeholders are understood to be locked in talks as they scramble to secure a rescue deal for the embattled Mandela house. The Mandela house museum has dominated the news headlines in recent months after it was placed under provisional liquidation.

In a statement dated 01 March and thus exposed to Sunrise news, the Soweto Tourism has expressed its intention to rescue the country’s historic landmark and international tourist attraction despite the buckling pressure that the museum continue to face.

“We cannot afford to delay local community development, job creation, economic restoration and tourism development as described in the objective of the trust due to organizations that do not want to take accountability and show remorse for the emotional and developmental disturbance inflicted to the community of Soweto and South-Africa”, stated the Soweto Tourism.

The late former president’s home commonly referred to as Mandela house is located in Soweto – the largest black township in South-Africa. Soweto’s Vilakazi street is a hive of activities, with the street dotted with several restaurants and hugely important historical sides. In his state of the province address recently, Premier David Makhura, stated that the Gauteng Provincial Government has decided to intervene in the matter of the Mandela museum to safeguard the interest of the public.

While short on details, Makhura noted that the Mandela museum is and emblematic heritage sites which has a critical role in engendering a sense of identity and pride within the Soweto community and increasing public awareness and appreciation of the historical culture role of Soweto in South-Africa and internationally.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News