This year, former president Thabo Mbeki's birthday coincides with the 20th anniversary of his ascension to the presidency. Mbeki has chosen to mark the occasion with a fundraising gala, with proceeds going to towards the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library.
Thabo Mbeki has two things to celebrate this year - his birthday and the anniversary of his presidency.
In light of this, the former president has opted to host a fundraising gala, with tickets setting party-goers back by R7 500.
However, the funds raised will be going towards the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, the concept of which has been in development for years now, reports The Citizen.
The main objective of this initiative is to carefully preserve the history of Africa, both before and after colonialism.
Mbeki says that young people in particular would benefit, as it would provide them with vital information about the continent:
“You have a big store of knowledge about our past, our present and our future, so that in particular you give the possibility for young people who were not necessarily part of those experiences, to study what happened and understand why particular decisions were taken – to understand why certain decisions were not taken.”
Max Boqwana, spokesperson for the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, says that the library would be an important tool for SA's youth:
“If you talk about decolonised education, you need to be talking about us as Africans being the knowledge-producers, rather than consumers of pre-packaged knowledge from other parts of the world."
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