The Sobukwe Museum and Learning Centre

Sobukwe’s birthplace, uMasizakhe, is home to the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Museum and Learning Centre. The public launch is scheduled for 27 February 2020.

Designed by architect dvburns, the building will support the intellectual and recreational activities of residents and visitors to Graaff-Reinet. It houses an archive, work and reading rooms and an exhibition hall. It will host clubs for children, including the Craft-Tech and Eco-Tech Clubs. The building’s ‘green’ technologies will provide a local model for sustainable living.

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A lasting memorial to Robert Sobukwe, interpreting his life, times and ideals.

Exhibit the history of the Masizakhe and Kroonvale and liberation struggles of the area.

Enable the community, in particular its youth, to act as caretakers of the cultural and natural environment and as creators of their own futures.

A sustainable model of ‘green’ technology – for the environmental education of residents and visitors.

And, in the spirit of Sobukwe, provide a resource that builds community pride and inspires the quest for knowledge and life-long intellectual curiosity.

The Sobukwe Trust will ensure that the museum contributes to the development and diversification of the heritage and tourism landscape and the mainstreaming of marginalized histories within the region as a whole.

Graaff-Reinet, the jewel of the Karoo, has a steady influx of visitors, both national and international. As a significant addition to its existing cultural and natural resources, the museum will draw tourists into uMasizakhe. Masizakhe is the 4th oldest township in South Africa and its rich heritage provides scope for a range of cultural and eco tour opportunities.

The site of the museum was donated to the Robert Sobukwe Trust by the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works. The National Lotteries Commission is funding the construction of the building. The Camdeboo Municipality has supported the Sobukwe Trust throughout the project.