Museum & Learning Centre

A key objective of the Trust is to support and strengthen the rural communities of Graaff-Reinet and the surrounding areas, with a focus on young people. The Trust has eight young interns, trained and mentored through participation in the Trust’s projects and programmes.

  • RobertSobukwe Museum & Learning Centre is under construction, located in uMasizakhe, Sobukwe’s birthplace. It is scheduled for completion in June 2017:
    The learning centre and library will support youth education and training.
  • Exhibitions will interpret Sobukwe’s life and ideals and the history of Graaff-Reinet.
  • The museum will 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 environmental education.
  • And, in the spirit of Sobukwe, provide a resource that builds community pride and inspires the quest for knowledge and life-long intellectual curiosity.
  • Provide a ‘home’ and ongoing support for youth-based income generating cooperatives

Between February and September the Sobukwe Trust is conducting a project to produce a large-scale woven tapestry (wall-hanging) for the Sobukwe Museum & Learning Centre. The tapestery will depict Sobukwe’s life and times and the history of the Graaff-Reinet area from the earliest geological formations to our post-liberation present. Oral histories reflecting lives of uMasizakhe residents and Robert Sobukwe, will be major elements in the design.

The design will be workshopeed with youth in Graaff-Reinet and produced by the Stephens Tapestry Studio in Johannesburg. Two young people from Graff-Reinet will be trained in the weaving craft during the production of the tapestry. This training will provide the foundation for a small weaving operation, to be set up at the Sobukwe Museum & Learning Centre in uMasizakhe, Graaff-Reinet.

Project deliverables/outcomes

  • The tapestry will ensure that the history of Graaff-Reinet, and in particular the history of one of South Africa’s oldest townships, uMasizakhe is conserved for future generations in a innovative, engaging and sustainable manner.
  • The tapestry will be a ‘centre piece’ display in the exhibition hall of the Sobukwe Museum drawing visitors into the township and provide a source of community pride and cohesion.
  • Training provided by the tapestry producer will assist young people to establish a weaving operation based at the museum.
  • The museum shop will provide an outlet for products produced in situ by the weavers.
  • The weaving cooperative will establish a working relationship with a local organisation of women spinners. Through this relationship, beneficiation of locally produced wool will occur.

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If you have further questions about the ROBERT MANGALISO SOBUKWE TRUST or any of its projects and initiatives, or if you are conducting research on the life and times of ROBERT MANGALISO SOBUKWE, please get in touch with us via the supplied contact form or contact us directly through one of the channels listed below:

1893 Hillside, uMasizakhe, Graaff-Reinet, 6280
Eastern Cape, South Africa

P   049 891 1007

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