WHAT DOES THE MUSEUM AIM TO ACHIEVE?
Establish an inspirational destination for local, national and international visitors.
Commemorate Sobukwe’s ideals and provide public access to his thoughts, life and times and the history of the community into which he was born.
Provide safe, resourced community space in which youth and children explore their creativity and access 21st century technology and skills.
And, in the spirit of Sobukwe, build community pride and inspire 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 funded the construction of the building and projects in 2020. The Department of Arts and Culture funded the 2019 training and infrastructure development.