The very photogenic Nelson Mandela Capture Site is set to grow!
The KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nomusa Dube-Ncube today inspected the progress in the construction of a R100-million Mandela Multi-Purpose Centre which her department is advancing and which is billed as a game changer for tourism in the KZN Midlands.
According to Dube-Ncube the investment by the provincial government into this project will ensure that KZN leverages its rich heritage and its connection to the life of the late former President Nelson Mandela.
“The sculpture we built here at the Mandela Capture Site has grown in stature and we have hundreds of tourists, local and international, who have made their way into our country and visited this sacred site as one of the highlights of their visit to our province. This is a clear indication that we have something special as a province which we need to build on so as to ensure that we maximise the opportunities made available by this historic site,” said Dube-Ncube.
The MEC together with representatives from the Mandela family and uMgungundlovu Mayor Cllr Yusuf Bhamjee visited the Capture Site and inspected the progress in the construction of the Mandela Multi-Purpose Centre as a big game changer for tourism in the Midlands. Once the centre is completed, it will consist of a conference centre and a museum specifically focusing on the heritage of this province.
“This site is also a key focus area for the Mandela Day Marathon which attracts close to 10 000 participants each year. This marathon starts at the Manayi Hall in Edendale – the last public gathering that Mandela addressed prior to being arrested by apartheid government forces on 5 August 1962. The race finishes at the Capture Site – the place where he was arrested,” said Dube-Ncube.