The late Nelson Mandela¡¦s primary residence in
Houghton, Johannesburg, is set to be transformed into a
"presidential 5-7 star tourism product", The Mandela
Set to be "a place of
reflection", Thebe Tourism Group (TTG) and The Nelson
Mandela Foundation have joined forces in the creation of
the new offering announced on Monday, 6 November, at the
World Travel Market in London.
This project will see the "conversion of Nelson
Mandela¡¦s primary residence into a place of scholarship
and reflection", says TTG, with the aim of creating an
"avenue that will provide visitors with additional
insights into the Mandela heritage".
The project aims to offer an experience inspired by
Madiba's life while he resided and worked at the
property, and Mabena says it will ¡§create a special
retreat and reflection hotel".
The centre will consist of nine bedrooms and will be a
"boutique hotel that will attract a primary market of
high-end business travellers and the Diplomatic Corps
and scholars from around the world, and a secondary
group of leisure travellers".
The hotel will also offer a fine dining restaurant where
Nelson Mandela¡¦s cook, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, will share the
former President's favourite meals with hotel visitors.
According to TTG, the attractiveness of the site is that
it offers visitors an opportunity to stay in the former
residence of Nelson Mandela.
"The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a key stakeholder in
this development, as the property owners, and the hotel
will provide an experience inspired by Madiba¡¦s life,"
Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation says:
¡§Nelson Mandela was a walker and a traveller who made a
difference in the lives of those he met and those he
travelled with. He had an impact on the places he
touched and left a part of his beloved land wherever he
went. May we continue to be the travellers who make a
difference." He says that the centre will be a
reflection of these qualities.
Mabena adds that this ¡§unique project" has "iconic
status" and believes that "by creating products which
enhance the scenic beauty and global political
importance, more people will be enticed to explore
tourism offerings in South Africa¡¨.