President Motlanthe hands over new archives and library building
By Sasha Forbes
23 January 2009
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe will later today be travelling to Timbuktu, Mali where he will participating in the handing over of the newly completed archives and library building to the government and the people of Mali tomorrow.
“In this regard President Motlanthe’s participation in this project acts as a news partnership in the development of Africa’s Fexi Cultural Project.” said Foreign Affairs' spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa
“The project to construct the archives and library building began after then President Thabo Mbeki visited Mali in November 2001 and was shown the ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu. It was upon seeing the condition of the manuscripts that a need to preserve the manuscripts arose.” said Mamoepa