Launch of the National Development Plan for the Dube Memorial site

The National Department of Arts and Culture launched the Development Plan for the John Langalibalele Dube Memorial Site on Saturday 25 February 2012 at the Ohlange High School, Inanda. The programme started with a wreath laying ceremony at the family grave site and proceeded with a function held on the adjoining sportsfields of the school.

Guest speakers included Ms Baleka Mbete, former Deputy-President of South Africa, members of the Dube family and Mr Paul Matshatile, National Minister of Arts and Culture. Mr Matshatile shared some details of the R65 million development of the John Dube Memorial site with the 500 guests at the function. He unveiled a scale model of the development which has kicked off with the restoration of the grave site.

Both Dube homesteads and the study rondavel will be renovated, a concert hall and performance space and craft centre will be built and a music, dance and drama school will be developed from existing classrooms on the school grounds. The old double storey stone house will be renovated and refurbished for visitor accommodation. The road infrastructure upgrade linking the different elements of the memorial site will include a commemorative pedestrian bridge.

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