Tourism dept. to launch Mandela App

One of the rooms depicting Nelson Mandela life at the Nelson Mandela Museum.
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The Tourism Department will on Saturday launch an App in Mthatha that will show 100 tourist destinations aligned with the international acclaimed liberation struggle icon, Nelson Mandela.

The launch is part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations taking place at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

A number of African National Congress members and friends of Nelson Mandela will also share their memories after being part of the campaign to achieve his release from prison.

They include the Reverend Frank Chikane, Bulelani Ngcuka, Valli Moosa and Father Smangaliso Mkatshwa.

Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa says, “We are launching an App where we want to identify hundreds of places throughout South Africa that would lead us to have attractions, infrastructure, SMMES  that will develop, skills that will develop young people to man those attraction and give our tourist , domestically and internationally those experiences they are looking for around this legend.”

Meanwhile, the CEO of the National Heritage Council, Advocate Sonwabile Mangcotywa says the launch of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary celebrations in his home town of Mthatha points to the rural heritage associated with the former statesman.

His journey began in the rural areas of Mvezo, Qunu and Mqhekezweni.

Mangcotya says as the Heritage Council, they will make sure that there is content in the preservation of Nelson Mandela’s legacy for local and international tourists to appreciate.