“The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality deserves a pat on the back for the publication of a well-researched liberation heritage book, entitled A Walk Through Our Past”; launched at the Nangoza Jebe Hall yesterday.
The Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Bulelwa Tunyiswa, made this remark and announced a number of critical liberation heritage projects currently ongoing in the province during her keynote address at the event.
“I am taking this opportunity to extend a hand of gratitude to the municipality for embarking on an ambitious journey of developing a book that will take the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route dream forward and make it a reality,” MEC Tunyiswa said.
The coffee table book with international liberation icon Nelson Mandela on the cover was handed over to several family members of profiled liberation heroes and heroines and highlights salient events from 1800 to 1994.
Numerous liberation heritage projects
“As we speak, the province has identified and submitted to the national government three Eastern Cape Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route Pilot Projects, namely Oliver Reginald Tambo Cultural Landscape (Mbizana), Bhisho Massacre Heritage Precinct (Bhisho) and Sarah Baartman Centre of Remembrance (Hankey) for development purposes. All three sites received financial injections and are at a final construction phase.
“Other sites will also benefit from this initiative, as the plan is to ensure that all districts have iconic sites that trigger socio-economic growth and development in the areas where they are located.
“Also, I need to mention here that the province has submitted two sites associated with uTata Nelson Mandela: University of Fort Hare in Alice, and Mqekezweni Great Place at Mthatha to UNESCO as part of a tentative list of 10 South African sites that will be proclaimed a World Heritage Route. This is to ensure that the Eastern Cape, like other provinces, also has World Heritage sites.
“Let us grab this opportunity with both hands and work in unison to ensure this ambitious programme betters the lives of the people of Nelson Mandela Bay and the Eastern Cape as whole,” MEC Tunyiswa said.
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