Cape Town mense get will be the first to celebrate Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s 80th birthday.
The ex-wife of late former president Nelson Mandela is turning 80 on Monday, September 26, but the bash will be held on Thursday at the Artscape Theatre.
This musical party is one of several celebrations happening across the country, but Cape Town and Mama Winnie have a rich history.
Mandela Legacy director of stakeholder relations Lindo Mandela tells the Cape Times: “Cape Town was chosen because of its symbolic link to Madikizela-andela’s past. Gogo’s personal history of Cape Town has never truly been acknowledged; those issues of trauma and those 27 years travelling to Cape Town to visit Tata.”
Winnie also became a Parliamentarian and spent many weeks and months in the Kaap.
The birthday party boast talks and workshops with various acts including struggle stalwarts and music icon Letta Mbulu and Caiphus Semenya.
Those attending the celebration includes Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mayor Patricia De Lille and other politicians and well-known mense.
Artscape Chief Executive Marlene le Roux says it is a great honour to host such an iconic event.
“Artscape has become a cultural centre and it’s only fitting it host Mama Winnie’s celebrations,” she says.
Tickets are available on Computicket from R80 to R750.