The South African High Commission in Canada participated in a pre-launch event hosted by the Afro museum in Montreal. The purpose of the event was to thank the private, institutional and government donors who supported the afro museum for the past five (5) years. The event was also aimed at kick-starting the fundraising campaign before the launch of the museum planned to take place in January 2022. Afro museum’s objective is to promote and draw attention to economic, educational and cultural exchanges between Canada and the African countries.
High Commissioner Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo delivered a key note address highlighting the role of art, whether through paintings or music that the real stories of the situation in South Africa during Apartheid were told. She acknowledged and applauded the brains behind Afromusee that continued to educate, promote and raise awareness of the rich African Heritage, arts and culture. She further indicated that art is a powerful education tool that could bring people together and create awareness of social issues. The guests were treated to South African wines donated by the Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and the African music. The event was attended by donors, academics, business people, young professionals, friends of the museum and artists, including those who took part in the creation of paintings of Mr Nelson Mandela on 4 September 2021.