Former president Nelson Mandela’s first home in Houghton, Johannesburg, has been refurbished, transformed, and re-envisioned as an iconic hospitality experience. Renamed the Sanctuary Mandela, the hotel features nine rooms accommodating up to 18 guests and is the only former residence of Madiba accessible to the public as a venue.
The development is a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which owns the property, and Motsamayi Tourism Group (previously known as Thebe Tourism Group), which is the administrative and marketing partner for the management of this extraordinary hospitality experience.
Sello Hatang, CEO of the Foundation, believes that this is an important step in testing a model for the sustainability of heritage sites related to the life and work of Nelson Mandela.
“Madiba dreamed of a just and peaceful world in which societies prosper. He lived to make a difference in the lives of everyone; his leadership was about service to the people. We hope to attract global leaders and other visitors to stay at Sanctuary Mandela to reflect and draw inspiration from the spirit of Madiba,” he says.
“We announced plans to begin the construction of this project on the centenary of his birth on the 18th of July 2018 and, since then, have made great progress. We are now ready to show this special tourism experience to the global community,” he adds.
Motsamayi Tourism Group (MTG) was, until recently, part of the Thebe Investments stable – a company established by Nelson Mandela and some of his friends, including Walter Sisulu, Beyers Naude, and Dr Enos Mabuza – for the sole purpose of fostering real economic transformation in South Africa. The company continues to drive transformation in the tourism sector, an industry which Madiba himself declared is a key economic sector that can be used to change the economic disadvantage of all Africans. A few months ago, CEO Jerry Mabena and the MTG management team took ownership of the business alongside funding partner Future Growth and will be undergoing a rebrand over the next few weeks.
Bookings will open from 1 July 2021 for stays from 1 August 2021.