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IIn the heart of Cape Town city, on St George’s Mall stands a century old building designed by the famous architect Sir Herbert Baker. Built in 1903 to house the newly founded De Beers mining corporation, it was donated to the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in 2003 and now houses their headquarters. 

For many years the beautiful building, with granite quarried from the Table Mountain, was known as Rhodes House after Cecil John Rhodes. Rhodes began a scholarship program in the early 1900’s to award bright young minds with the ability to study at Oxford in England. In recent years the scholarship was taken on by Nelson Mandela, with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation being formed.

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TThe Mandela Rhodes Foundation only gives out scholarships to a very select few students each year, and covers all of their expenses at Oxford including tuition, board and food.

TToday Mandela Rhodes House not only forms the headquarters for the Foundation, but also has a number of rooms rented out to similar institutions. The top floor is used as a penthouse for VIP’s and guests of the Foundation.

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NNearby a modern multi-story building called  Mandela Rhodes Place hosts a hotel, retail space and apartments. Four other historic buildings have been restored and integrated into the general area of the Mandela Rhodes Building. 

The nearby hotel which is linked to the Mandela Rhodes Building shows Madiba’s life in fourteen stages. From his childhood to his death, you can find information on how he lived and changed the face of South Africa forever. Along with artworks depicting him, there are a number of paintings and sculptures of other great struggle heroes such as Desmond Tutu. Be on the lookout for a piece of the Berlin wall, which was gifted to Tata Madiba. The piece now sits outside the Mandela Rhodes House symbolising freedom from oppression.

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