The presence of the past: re-engaging the legacy of South Africa’s chemical and biological warfare

Why is it important that a disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPC) recently found Dr Wouter Basson guilty of unethical conduct in relation to the work he did as head of the apartheid state’s chemical and biological warfare programme? And why is it equally important that Basson receive an appropriate sanction from the HPC? Answers to these questions are suggested by a visit to the vast laboratory complex that was the home of military front company Roodeplaat Research Laboratories until 1993.

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Nelson Mandela Children's Fund: Be aware of scam currently circulating via mail

Fraudulent email requests the receiver to act as Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Manager

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has been made aware of a fraudulent email currently in circulation that requests the receiver to act as Foreign Representative and Fund Manager for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Please be aware that this is a scam.

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Welcome home, Mandela Fellows: Foundation hosts US Embassy event

On 16 September 2014, the US Embassy in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation officially welcomed home 46 young South African leaders who spent six weeks in the United States under President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).

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Foundation partner Sunderland's 2014/15 side

Premier League football club Sunderland AFC, a Legacy Partner of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has released the official portrait of its 2014-2015 squad.

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Social media/email scam doing the rounds

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has been made aware of a new social media/email scam doing the rounds.

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Alexandra school celebrates National Literacy Week with Mandela Day container library launch

On 6 September 2014, right in the middle of National Literacy Week, students and educators at Skeen Primary School in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, celebrated the opening of the school’s Mandela Day container library.

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Media advisory: Welcome home reception for Mandela Washington Fellows

Issued by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the US Embassy in South Africa

The US Embassy, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will officially welcome home 46 young South African leaders who recently returned from the six-week programme in the United States under President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative.

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Container library opens in Sedibeng village, Northern Cape

The principal and staff at Sedibeng Primary School were happy to celebrate the arrival of their very own Mandela Day container library on 5 September 2014. Sponsored by the Public Investment Corporation and launched by Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the container library is the 48th installation under the Mandela Day libraries project umbrella, and will serve the school’s learners and community members in the surrounding Sedibeng village.

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Media statement: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has taken note of the statement by South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation to the effect that a request for a visa to visit the country has been submitted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and that the application “will be taken through normal due process”.

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Ubuntu Sessions hosts youth-led dialogue: the changing roles of women 20 years into democracy

Nelson Mandela Foundation, in association with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative and Kaya FM, hosts conversation

On Thursday 28 August 2014, the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted the third Ubuntu Concepts dialogue session (see first dialogue here and second dialogue here). The dialogue was essentially a moderated conversation about gender dynamics in South Africa and the changing role of women in today’s democracy.

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