Brand­fort mu­seum in NEC fo­cus

The Sunday Independent - - News -

THE ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) would see to it that the de­vel­op­ment of Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela’s Brand­fort home into a mu­seum was not botched again, com­mit­tee mem­ber Siyabonga Cwele has pledged.

He has been tasked by the party’s high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body to over­see the re­con­struc­tion, which is 12 years be­hind sched­ule. Speak­ing on the side­lines of the late icon’s funeral at Or­lando Sta­dium in Soweto yes­ter­day, he blamed the fail­ure on the pre­vi­ous con­trac­tor, the In­de­pen­dent De­vel­op­ment Trust, which he said had done shoddy work on the site. Madik­izela-Man­dela was ban­ished to Brand­fort by the apartheid regime from 1977 to 1986.

“Now we have a new con­trac­tor. All that’s left is to meet with com­rade Win­nie’s fam­ily and brief them on the fi­nal plan,” Cwele said. “We will make sure the legacy of Mama Win­nie lives on.”

On Wed­nes­day, the De­part­ment of Arts and Cul­ture an­nounced the ap­point­ment of a new con­trac­tor. De­part­men­tal spokesper­son Asanda Ma­gaqa said Risi­mati Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers had en­tered into an agree­ment with the de­part­ment on March 13, with the last con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing tak­ing place on April 7.

Also on the side­line of the funeral, Bri­galia Bam, an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned gen­der and so­cial ac­tivist and for­mer chair­per­son of the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, urged women, who face tougher chal­lenges than Madik­izela-Man­dela’s gen­er­a­tion, to use her as a lodestar in dis­man­tling pa­tri­archy and ad­vanc­ing gen­der equal­ity.

“Women of to­day have harder chal­lenges be­cause they have to be mul­ti­skilled, still be moth­ers, nur­ture other peo­ple and com­pete in the job mar­ket.

“The tra­di­tion has al­ways been that women should be at home tak­ing care of the chil­dren – not com­pet­ing with men at the work­place,” Bam said.

“But I hope ev­ery women of this coun­try, in­clud­ing the gen­er­a­tions to come, will know about Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela, who was able, dur­ing the last cen­tury and this one, to em­brace wom­an­hood. Win­nie em­braced wom­an­hood at its best in terms of the im­age of a leader. She will never be for­got­ten.” – Khaya Koko

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