Iconic South African Dr Gcina Mhlophe to celebrate her birthday and share a dream of an Oral History Museum at Newtown Junction mall

Author: JT Comms
Date: 20 Oct 2015

Renowned South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe will celebrate her birthday, reveal and share information about a lifelong project very close to her heart: the establishment of an Oral History Museum - Memory House, to honour the ordinary people who make our lives better - a pioneering first for South Africa and launch the Hope Song CD!


You are invited to celebrate Gcina’s birthday and the re-birth of our oral history on Saturday, October 24 from 12h30 to 15h00 at Newtown Junction mall. Open to the public - entrance is free - come and experience the song, music and sound that is unique to Gcina Mhlophe and support the 1000 Signature Campaign for the Memory House.


Born in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, Mhlophe matriculated at Mfundisweni High School, Transkei and went on to study journalism at Rhodes University. Multi-talented, she’s established herself as a multilingual actor and activist, poet, a playwright, composer and director. Over the years she has received an immense array of prizes and as an ardent campaigner for literacy, has been recognised with honorary doctorates from the Universities of London, KwaZulu Natal, Pretoria and Fort Hare. Her guest appearance at the 2006 FIFA World Cup South African handover ceremony (Germany) and at the 2010 Arctic Winter Games (Canada) brought South Africa’s rich cultural heritage to the world’s notice. Mhlophe has written Have You Seen Zandile?, Love Child and Umcelo Nezindaba Zase-Afrika.


Touch the past, feel the future. “My own people have named me Gcinamasiko, which means the keeper of heritage; I wear this name like a blanket and honour it with my being” says Mhlophe. The establishing of The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust (GAHT) founded in 2012, was a true testimony of her commitment to preserving oral history and educating all South Africans towards an understanding of the value and role of oral tradition in a modern South Africa society. Now the Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust is poised to launch its heritage project, The Dr Gcina Mhlophe Memory House, in Durban next year.


This being the first-of-its-kind, an oral history museum and “home of storytelling’’ to be established in South Africa, the Dr Gcina Mhlophe Memory House will be a space where visitors from all walks of life can listen to stories and histories of ordinary people, record their own stories, view heritage films, documentaries and other material in an environment conducive to honouring African Oral Tradition.


The Newtown Junction celebrations line-up will feature Gcina Mhlophe with Bheki Khoza, (musical director and lead guitar), Melvin Peters on Piano, Saxophonist Jerry Kunene, Paki Peleole on Drums, Bass guitarist Mandla Zikhalala and percussionists, Mabi Thobejane and Mpho Molikeng who’ll also perform music from the Hope Song CD.

‘’Hosting Dr. Gcina Mhlophe at Newtown Junction mall is an honour and a part of our vision to actively support arts, culture and heritage. We are grateful to be associated with her.’’, says Michael Clampett, asset manager at Attacq Limited.


Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust and Newtown Junction


For media queries, interview requests and access to high resolution pictures please contact JT Comms on media@jtcomms.co.za or 011 788 7632.


Notes to Editor:


Gcinamasiko Heritage Trust

The Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust·(GAHT) is founded on the success of its founding member, actress and story-teller, Gcina Mhlophe. The (GAHT) is committed to enhancing the culture of reading, providing writing and story-creation opportunities and promoting African writers and the heritage of story-telling within the education institutions (especially those who have poor access to resources) and in the public arena of South Africa through its Edutainment programme.



Over the past 21 years, Atterbury has become a leading name in property investment and development, and continues to be the driving force behind several landmark South African property developments. To date, it has developed more than 1.5 million squares metres of commercial, retail and residential properties. Newtown Junction is the first significant economic injection in the Johannesburg CBD in 40 years and demonstrates Atterbury’s commitment to urban regeneration through its transformation of the historic Newtown precinct into a vibrant mixed‐use shopping and leisure destination with prime office space.

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