Mandela museums in Mvezo, Mthatha not complete

Only the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu will honour the former statesman today.

FILE: Construction underway at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mvezo on 4 December 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

MVEZO - Only one of three museums in the Eastern Cape dedicated to the life and times of Nelson Mandela will be opened to the public today.

The Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu is one of the heritage sites which will celebrate Madiba's life, a year after his death.

A replica of Mandela's prison cell at Robben Island is one of the items that will be shown off at the museum.

Construction workers are still putting on the finishing touches on the other two museums.

The museum in Mvezo, which is meant to depict Mandela's humble beginnings, is still under construction, while the Bhunga building in Mthatha is completed, but still awaiting artifacts.

Both are scheduled to open their doors in February next year.

In the meantime, visitors to Qunu will enjoy exhibitions, an amateur boxing match and a fun walk to remember the former president.

Mandela was elected SA's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison.

He had been receiving treatment for a lung infection since September 2013.

He died surrounded by his family and close friends.

When the news first broke a year ago, the nation mourned and celebrated the man who will always be remembered as a pillar of strength for all South Africans.

Public figures spoke to Eyewitness News about the lessons they've learnt from Mandela, the special moments they shared with him and how it impacted their lives.