Work to refurbish struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s Brandfort house in the Free State into a museum is set to start soon after the government appointed a contractor.
The erstwhile apartheid government banned the late struggle icon to the now dilapidated shell house in May 1977.
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Wednesday introduced a new contractor to work on the project.
Mthethwa said the project will also see the clinic Madikizela-Mandela’s ran turned into a multi-purpose centre with WiFi facilities.
“Visiting Mama Winnie’s House was also a reminder of this gallant fighter’s contribution to the freedom we have today,” the minister said in a statement.
The house was declared a national heritage site in 2005. A year later, the government announced that refurbishment would be done at a cost of R2.9 million.
“The Winnie Mandela house represents the apartheid regime’s failed attempts to break her fighting spirit. Today we are here because she refused to give up,” Mthethwa said during the visit.
Following Madikizela-Mandela’s death last year, the ANC in the Free State announced that the house was going to be renovated and turned into a museum by the end of 2019.