The Mandela House strives to be a world-class visitor attraction, and a leading centre for the preservation, presentation, and research of the history, heritage and legacy of the Mandela Family.

The Mission of Mandela House is to provide an effective, efficient and meaningful experience to all visitors, informing them of President Nelson Mandela’s story, both in the context of his home, and in the context of his life as a whole, in a manner that promotes human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the peoples of South Africa.

The Mandela House is managed by the Soweto Heritage Trust, a partnership project between the City of Johannesburg, the Standard Bank Group, and the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and his family lived here from 1946 into the 1990’s. He donated the house to the Soweto Heritage Trust on
1 September 1997, to be used for the above purposes.

On 16 March 1999, the National Monuments Council declared the property a national monument In terms of Government notice 126 as published in the Government Gazette no. 19719, February 1999.

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