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University of CT receives almost R400 million donation to build new Nelson Mandela memorial centre

The University of Cape Town (UCT) received its largest donation ever of $21.5 million, which it intends to use to build a new Nelson Mandela Memorial Centre.

The grant from Atlantic Philanthropies is equivalent to about R390 million.

A spokesperson for the university Elijah Moholola said the money will be used to build a new home for UCT’s Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance.

“Conceptualised to honour the legacy of the late President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, this iconic building will be a living memorial to emulate his leadership in the best way possible: by building a new generation of ethical leaders.”

Moholola said UCT aims to create a vibrant meeting space located within the memorial centre, which will be curated with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

“The Nelson Mandela Memorial Centre and School of Public Governance will serve emerging leaders from across the African continent.”

Moholola said the statutory processes to begin the project are still underway.


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