Statement from the Centre of Memory regarding appointment of Acting Chairperson

We join Professor Jakes Gerwel’s family, and indeed our country, in mourning his passing.

As Chair of the Board of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, his wise counsel helped guide the organisation through a complex transition to an archival and dialogue institution that pursues social justice.

The Board of Trustees has appointed Professor Njabulo Ndebele as Acting Chairperson.

Prof Ndebele is a renowned academic, writer and thinker.

His experience will help provide continuity, and together with other Board members, ensure that we achieve our objective of becoming a world-class “memory” institution that will stay true to the ethos and legacy of its Founder, Mr Nelson Mandela.