The achievements of four of South Africa’s greatest leaders are being commemorated in a new museum which was opened by the South African Gold Coin Exchange (SAGCE) and The Scoin Shop in Sandton this week.
The Peacemakers Museum in Nelson Mandela Square, was unveiled by SAGCE executive chairman, Alan Demby.
The museum, the first of its kind in the country, honours South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize Winners – Albert Luthuli (1960), Desmond Tutu (1984) and Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk (1993) – and the contribution they have made to peace in our country and abroad.
Demby expressed pride in the Peacemakers Museum which exhibits commemorative coins honouring the Nobel winners.
“The medallions on display are pieces of history and celebrate the legacy of these four leaders. A platform such as the Peacemakers Museum will ensure that South Africa’s Nobel Laureates are honoured by future generations.”
“The contributions which our national icons Luthuli, Mandela, De Klerk and Tutu have made to peace in our country needs to be celebrated and the Peacemakers Museum provides a fitting platform for this,” Demby said.
Each of the exhibits were opened: Brian Xaba and Dr. Albertinah Luthuli on behalf of The Luthuli Foundation, MrsThandeka Tutu-Gxashe on behalf of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Robert Coutts of 46664and Dave Steward on behalf of the F.W. de Klerk Foundation.
Entrance to the museum is free to the public and visitors to the museum will be able to view the South African Nobel Laureates set – the first of its kind to be produced internationally – comprising a presentation box of medallions of the four Nobel Peace Prize winners.
SAGCE has chosen the peace dove as a very symbolic element throughout the museum. The peace doves folded by the patrons are a symbol of peace throughout the world. After completing a tour, patrons are encouraged to pledge that they would pursue the mantra of being a peacemaker.
They also signify the efforts of all Nobel Peace Laureates in working towards peace, justice, equality and freedom for all humankind.
Another first at the museum are the individual gold medallions of Nelson Mandela, Albert Luthuli, FW de Klerk and Desmond Tutu. Their uniqueness lies in their being the first medallions to feature the laureates’ wreath on the reverse of the medallion. The medallions carry the Mint of Norway’s mark.