The National Heritage Council (NHC) of South Africa’s 9th Annual Golden Shield Heritage Awards has awarded the City of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela in Cape Town – Legacy Exhibition and Education Programme for its contributions and efforts to preserve and promote heritage and history.
The ceremony took place in Polokwane last Friday and the Nelson Mandela in Cape Town – Legacy Exhibition and Education Programme won its award under the local Government Commitment category, which recognises ‘a municipality that has made outstanding contributions to local, regional or provincial heritage or history through innovative programmes that educate, interpret or promote public awareness of their heritage and history.
The win comes at a month where South Africa as a country commemorates and being reflective of the life of the freedom legend. Nelson Mandela passed on this day nine years ago following a long winding illness that eventually got ahold of his life. Nelson Mandela represented an epitome of humanity, peace and oneness and many remember him for his highly fashionable printed long-sleeved shirts that President Cyril Ramaphosa seems to have taken over the style for himself.
The award recipients and the projects reflect best practice in promotion, preservation, conservation and interpretation of our heritage.
The City’s Ald Eddie Andrews, Deputy Mayor & MMC: Spatial Planning and Environment said that the latest recognition from the NHC meant that the exhibition and education programme was now a multi-award winning initiative.
In October 2022 it also received an award at the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s Cultural Affairs Awards. We are extremely proud of this exhibition and the contribution it makes in building social cohesion and understanding.
“I firmly believe it is impossible to visit this exhibition and not be moved. We learn from our past which determines our present and future. I invite every Capetonian and visitor to our lovely city this festive season to visit the City Hall and view the exhibition,”