Passing of Judge Fikile Bam

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory sends condolences to family, comrades and friends

18 December, 2011 – On behalf of our Founder, Trustees and staff, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory sends its deepest condolences to the family, comrades and friends of the late Judge Fikile Bam.

Justice Bam passed away on Sunday 18 December 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

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50th anniversary of the launch of Umkhonto weSizwe

‘Spear of the Nation’ launched 50 years ago with series of explosions

On 16 December 1961 South Africa’s armed struggle was formally launched with a series of explosions in the name of Umkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation).

Nelson Mandela was the first commander-in-chief of the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the armed wing of the African National Congress.

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Madiba’s personal chef releases her book

Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen

12 December, 2011 – The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is delighted to announce the release of Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen, a book by his long-time personal chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya.

Ukutya Kwasekhaya contains more than 60 recipes that Ms Ndoyiya has made for Mr Mandela and his family in the 19 years she has worked for him.

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The story of South Africa’s Constitution

New book marking the 15th anniversary

10 December, 2011– To mark the 15th anniversary of the adoption of South Africa’s 1996 Constitution, the Constitution Hill Trust in collaboration with Jacana has just published One Law, One Nation: The Making of the South African Constitution. Authored by Lauren Segal and Sharon Cort, this book charts the histories that shaped the Constitution.

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World Aids Day

1 December, 2011 – The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory notes and welcomes yesterday’s comments by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi.

Mr Motsoaledi was releasing the National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence Survey 2010 ahead of World Aids Day on December 1. “At the moment we are stable, but we think the war still has to be won,” said the minister.

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Help make Mr. Mandela’s retirement a reality

25 November, 2011 – The Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation has recently experienced an upsurge in requests to facilitate personal messages from Madiba in support of events, commemorations and campaigns. As you know, Madiba has over the years repeatedly stated his wish to retire from public life.

Perhaps his most emphatic call was made in 2008 at his birthday celebrations where he called on a new generation of leaders to take responsibility when he said “It is in your Hands”.


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Pictures of Nelson Mandela’s first democratic vote

23 November, 2011 – A photographer has given the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory a set of previously not widely known photographs of Nelson Mandela voting for the first time on 27 April 1994.


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Protection of State Information Bill – an expression of concern

22 November, 2011 – Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, together with the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law, has been engaged in processes of dialogue around the Protection of State Information Bill since its first emergence as a draft piece of legislation in 2008.

From the outset we have sought to ensure that the Bill meets standards of constitutionality and aspirations for freedom of information and expression while at the same time providing protection for legitimate state secrets.


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Media release

On behalf of Zindzi Mandela

18 November, 2011 – Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is being treated at Milpark Hospital for an existing diabetes condition.

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The Secrecy Bill will affect your right to information

On behalf of the Civil Society Network

17 November, 2011 – Throughout the course of the debate on the Secrecy Bill, government representatives gave numerous assurances that the proposed legislation would not impact on the citizen’s right to information under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). Despite those assurances, the final version of the Bill passed by the ad hoc committee restricts the right to information under PAIA.

After assurances from government in mid-November last year that the Bill would be aligned with PAIA, less than three weeks prior to the passage of the Bill by the ad hoc committee a few key provisions were inserted that completely reverse the position between the Bill and PAIA.

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