Minister of Tourism, Toko Xasa, says the memory of Nelson Mandela will help develop domestic tourism in the Eastern Cape.

“We plan to change this place (Eastern Cape) in honour of Nelson Mandela.”

Xasa has mentioned a number of tourism drives happening in the province like the pilot shark cage diving project at Port St Johns.

Speaking at the launch of the Mandela Centenary Tourism Programme at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, Xasa says the programme aims to revive memories of Madiba.

She says, “We are launching an initiative, to relive Mandelas memories. We are gathering this information for our archives, so we can use them to create dialogues with our young people.”

Mandela would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2018. Though deceased, his spirit of humanity and unity continue to inspire many.

One of Mandela’s grandchildren Ndaba Mandela, who represented the Mandela family, says he will remember his beloved grandfather as a people’s person.

Ndaba says, “I will remember my grandfather as a person who loved people and children.”

Remembering Mandela’s ability to unite people, Xasa says, “Leading up to Mandela’s funeral, SA saw something amazing – the convergence of various statesmen into SA soil; even countries that were enemies (U.S/Cuba) gathered and began the process of talks. This because of Madiba.”

Sunday will mark the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990.