Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan to host the Timbuktu Manuscript and Scholarship Exhibition

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18 Jul 2008

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan will host the launch of the Timbuktu script and scholarship exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town on the 7th August 2008.

President Thabo Mbeki will deliver a keynote address at the event.

The exhibition is an integral part of the South Africa-Mali project which was initiated by the President in 2002. As a New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) flagship cultural project, the collaborative programme between South Africa and Mali seeks to conserve the important collection of manuscripts held at the Ahmed Baba institute of Higher Islamic Studies in Timbuktu.

The exhibition co-hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Iziko Museums of Cape Town will highlight the heritage value of the manuscripts especially in their conservation. Significantly, the exhibition will travel to all the major cities throughout the country.

“It is very important for our people to be given the opportunity to view a diversity of manuscripts from Timbuktu. Various writing materials and subjects are included, revealing a multifaceted history of reading and writing in Africa,” said Minister Jordan.

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