Madiba, portrayed 100 ways

2018-07-17 06:01
Dr Peter Magubane on location PHOTO: David Meyer-Gollan

Dr Peter Magubane on location PHOTO: David Meyer-Gollan

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A hundred images of the late Tata Madiba have been exhibited at the V&A Waterfront-based Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island this month.

These images that were taken by Dr Peter Mugubane (86) are the first ever free-to-view on exhibition.

This exhibition, named “Mandela: 100 Moments in Time” runs online and is also expecting an audience that’s both national and international. It is open daily from 08:00 to 15:00.

Mugubane, South African veteran and self-taught lensman, said at the opening of the exhibition: “You will find some pictures of Mandela being serious and in the next he is holding a baby; at other times he is jiving and dancing. This is the man who most white South Africans feared, but instead of confirming their worst fears of pushing them out of the country, he offered hands of peace, saying: ‘Come, let’s work together, let’s build this country together’.”

He added that these words should serve as a daily reminder to us to an extent where we ask ourselves how we can contribute to the vision Madiba had for our country.

Southafrica.co.za, which will be launched on Wednesday 18 July (Mandela Day), is also the platform for Siyabona Africa, the hosts of this exhibition. “Siyabona Africa and its flagship platform decided to host this exhibition because it aligns well with our objective of showcasing South Africa’s collective heritage and we couldn’t think of two more applicable icons to start with than Magubane and Mandela,” says marketing and sales manager, Francois Viljoen

At the opening, which took place on Thursday 5 July, Viljoen said: “His (Mugubane’s) commitment to photojournalism helped pave the way to transformation in South Africa.”

V The online exhibition can be found at southafrica­.­co.za

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