Trailblazer

Twin Mosia

“ Hope is the fuel that keeps me going forward, it’s not a matter of if, but when. ”

Twin Mosia is the founder and curator at Elandskop Museum based in the small town of Mamafubedu, Petrus Steyn in the Free State, South Africa.

The museum is currently being run virtually, it will be housed at an old Transnet train station in the Free State and is set to launch in September 2019.

Driven by his passion for South African history, culture, heritage and the environment, Mosia saw a career in curating as an opportunity to contribute towards nation building and social cohesion. In 2013, he met historian Dr Van Zyl at the Anglo Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein, South Africa, who encouraged him to pursue his passion. From then he engaged with other like-minded with a passion for the preservation of our history and nation-building. He has never looked back.

In 2016 Mosia was awarded the Golden Shield National Heritage Award in the Young Heritage Activist category. He also made history when he became the first young, black person to be honoured with the Simon van der Stel Gold Medal by the Heritage Association of South Africa since the award’s inception in 1969. Although currently being run virtually, his museum contributes to tourism in Mamafubedu as tourists are encouraged through the virtual tour of the museum to visit the small town.

Mosia admits that the journey has been very lonely, but persistence has enabled the realisation of this dream. His passion for the preservation of the country’s history for purposes of nation-building has opened doors for him to contribute across a number of platforms.

He has been invited to lecture at Sol Plaatje University and continues to raise awareness about heritage, culture and the environment in his community. He has also been invited to contribute towards a book, as well as contribute in international documentaries and writing of essays about his work.

In 2017 he was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the civil society category and was awarded the Kudu Award by South African National Parks for his work in heritage conservation. Twin is also the bronze award winner in the Eco-Warrior category for the 2018 Eco-Logic Awards. He has been selected as one of News24’s 100 Young Mandelas of the Future. In October 2018, he will be attending the Global Cultural Leadership Programme in Amsterdam.

His vision establishes a fully functioning museum in Mamafubedu and to upgrade their local park. His aim is to subsequently contribute to the small town’s economic development and employment creation. He plans to develop research and archiving hub at the museum, where he will exhibit historical works in collaboration with other like-minded people.


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