Remembering Tata Madiba: Prison unveils huge portrait blanket in honour of Mandela

Remembering Tata Madiba: Prison unveils huge portrait blanket in honour of Mandela

Keeping Madiba’s legacy alive, the 67 Blankets for the Nelson Mandela organisation has a gigantic portrait-blanket that was handmade by inmates.

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This blanket covers an area measuring more than 7 000m squared. It is so big that one will only see Madiba’s face from the sky.

The masterpiece was launch at the Zonderwater Maximum Correctional Centre near Cullinan. Those attending the launch included members of the organisation, government officials, Department of Correctional Services officials, inmates and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Graca Machel, the former president’s wife, was also in attendance.

Celebrating and paying tribute to Madiba’s centenary year, this portrait blanket spoke a thousand words. Distribution of the blankets making up the portrait will be handed out to communities in need throughout the country.

The launch took place today, displaying more than 4 000 blankets making up the portrait.

Carolyn Steyn is the founder of 67 Blankets. The work inmates at the Zonderwater facility has made her extremely proud of the work they have done by creating the massive Mandela masterpiece.

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Acknowledgment was also given to all South Africans who made a contribution. This included Jeppe Girls High school that were also part of the festivities.

“I'm lost for words I'm very overwhelmed. When I came here this morning I was taken aback by how this project came about, I mean thousands of people from South Africa and other countries contributed. I really appreciate it,” she said.

Once the blankets have been disassembled, they will be given to the needy.

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