Nelson Mandela’s Renovation
[Johannesburg, 29th February] – The Collen Mashawana Foundation (CMF), in collaboration with the Mandela family and the Gauteng Provincial Government, conducted a site visit this earlier on Thursday afternoon on the 29th of February 2024, to the late President Nelson Mandela’s residence in Houghton, Johannesburg. This significant visit marked the commencement of the planned renovation project aimed at restoring and preserving the historical integrity of this important site. The Premier of Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, joined the foundation for this initial inspection.

The main purpose of the visit was aimed at assessing the necessary work needed to return residence to its former glory, ensuring it continues to serve as a beacon of the former statesman’s enduring legacy of peace, reconciliation, and unity. The collaborative effort underscores the commitment of both the Collen Mashawana Foundation and the Gauteng Provincial Government to honor and preserve South Africa’s rich heritage.

President Nelson Mandela, a global icon of freedom and democracy, spent his final years in this Houghton home, which has since become a symbol of his monumental legacy. The renovation project aims not only to restore the property but also to inspire future generations through the values and ideals that Madiba himself lived by.

The Collen Mashawana Foundation, with the support of the Mandela family and the Gauteng Provincial Government, is dedicated to ensuring that the renovation process is carried out with the utmost respect and sensitivity to the historical and cultural significance of the residence.

“We are deeply humbled to undertake this project, which will pay homage to President Mandela’s legacy. This initiative is a testament to our shared values of preserving history and fostering unity,” stated Dr. Collen Mashawana, Founder of the Collen Mashawana Foundation.

The Premier of Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, expressed enthusiasm about today’s project launch: “This is a pivotal moment in our efforts to preserve the legacy of our beloved Madiba. The Gauteng Provincial Government is proud to support the Collen Mashawana Foundation in this noble endeavor.”

Further details about the renovation project will be shared as the project progresses. The Collen Mashawana Foundation and the Mandela family are committed to transparency and will provide updates to the public and the media.

“We welcome any further support for this historic and wonderful initiative as we call upon any organizations and general public to contribute towards the restoration of President Nelson Mandela’s former residence” Mashawana concluded.

For more information, please contact:

Obren Msuku
Public Relations & Communications on behalf of the Collen Mashawana Foundation
Contact number: 079 342 6636
Email: obren@msukumedia.com

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