The long-awaited Nelson Mandela Capture Site Visitor Centre, funded by the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department and managed by the Apartheid Museum, will be opening to the public in mid-November 2019.
The new immersive exhibition includes a 360 surround film, a dazzling display of historical artefacts and photographs, as well as a replica of the Austin Westminster that Nelson Mandela was driving when he was arrested along the adjacent R103 on 5 August 1962.
Located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the exhibition focuses on struggles in this part of the country. Starting with the Bambatha Rebellion of 1906, it traces decades of resistance to colonial rule and apartheid, culminating in the mass mobilisation of the 1980s. In this way, the place of Mandela’s capture becomes a gateway to understanding the history of this province, and its contribution to the freedom of all South Africans.
The Visitor Centre is complemented with a ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ through the landscaped garden to view the iconic sculpture entitled Release, featuring 50 steel columns which dramatically come into focus as Mandela’s face from a particular vantage point.
Photo by Chris Allan