Denver, Colorado (WiredPRNews.com) — The iconic Former South African President Nelson Mandela quietly signed his Cape Town home over to the city for use as a living museum on Wednesday.
According to the AFP, a weakened but still positive and smiling Mandela sat through the proceedings silently. The chairman of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Jakes Gerwel explained that the house had been Mandela’s “only home outside of prison in the Western Cape.”
Mandela has three charity organizations and a scholarship program. Iconic by character, the nobel peace prize laureate held the title of the first South African black president. He spent 27 long years behind jailhouse bars in South Africa oppressed and silenced by the white minority apartheid government.
By opening up the doors of Mandela’s home, City premier Lynne Brown said that the living museum would benefit the young people and would also be the venue to host youth leadership programs in the future. Additionally, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation announced that Mandela’s influential scholarship program had been enhanced by several major donations, including a donation of $1.3 million from South Africa’s Absa Bank and $4.6 million from London-based Leverhume Trust.
A giver and educator in spirit, Mandela’s Foundation donations will stand to provide 13 scholarships per year for young Africans.
Wired Education Reporter