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Mandela Poster Project:
Poster collection sold for target price

The master print set of the Mandela 95 Collection, an initiative started in May last year to honour the life legacy of late Nelson Mandela, was recently sold to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for the targeted price envisaged by the Mandela Poster Project Collective (MPPC) volunteers who initiated the project.

The full target amount, set at R1M, will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. A second master print set of the collection will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital to be used as part of its interior design once the facility has been built.

According to the CEO of the SABS, Dr Bonakele Mehlomakulu, the Bureau acquired the Mandela 95 Collection to ensure that it remains accessible to the public. “It is a public asset which needs to be shared with as many people as possible,” she said and added that the collection is a one-of-a-kind in the world. “Its value lies in its uniqueness, its subject matter, aesthetics, international representation, public interest and scholarly potential.”

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust raises funds to establish Africa’s fifth dedicated children’s hospital which will be in Johannesburg. This dedicated children’s facility was Madiba’s lasting wish for the children of southern Africa. The soil-turning ceremony for the hospital takes place on Thursday, 20 March 2014. The hospital will admit its first patient in March 2016.

Says Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust: “Following the tremendous efforts of the Mandela Poster Project Collective, we are thrilled at the news of the sale to SABS – and the funds that will be donated to us. In addition to that, to have the collection also donated to us gives us a memento that will allow us to remember our beloved Founder for years to come.”

The Mandela Poster Project Collective curated the more than 700 poster submissions in 2013 and in the end 95 posters from 37 countries were selected based on narrative relevance to form part of the Mandela 95 Collection (representing 95 years of Madiba’s life).

The Mandela 95 Collection first went on public display on Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2013, and received a great deal of media attention from around the world including major channels such as CNN, Fox News, BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, USA Today, Washington Post and Arab News, among others. By the end of December 2013 the Mandela 95 collection had been exhibited at 21 venues in South Africa, as well as in Montreal, London and Barcelona. These posters will be on travelling exhibition this year at several venues, locally and abroad.

The selected Mandela 95 collection can be viewed at www.mandelaposterproject.org.

For more information on the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, visit www.nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.org.