Anniversary of Mandela's release from prison commemorated

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The 12th anniversary of South African former President Nelson Mandela's release from prison was commemorated Monday with the announcement of a major development at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata.
Arts, Science, Culture and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane said a Youth and Heritage Centre would be built in Qunu, Mandela's birthplace, at a cost of 20-million rand (about 1.
7 million US dollars).
The Centre would be used for the exhibition of traditional arts and crafts.
Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town 12 February 1990 after spending 27 years in prison for his fight against apartheid.
He immediately began steering South Africa towards democracy, freedom and re-integration into the international community.
The "Madiba" won the country's first all-race presidential poll in 1994 and since his retirement, has been involved in his pet project of persuading the private sector to finance rural development and regularly escorts business leaders to rural areas to meet the poor and underprivileged.
This is in additional to his crowded calendar of international engagements.

12 february 2002 10:04:00

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