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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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Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada honoured

Dedicate their awards to others

14 November, 2011 – Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada were today honoured by the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) for their role in South Africa’s armed struggle.

The ceremony, hosted by the MKMVA, was held at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation as part of their celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the armed wing of the African National Congress.

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Vote for Table Mountain

8 November, 2011 – The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, supports the call to vote for Table Mountain to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature.

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Book recommended

Ariel Dorfman work published in South Africa

7 November, 2011 – The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory recommends to readers the just-published Writing the Deep South: The Mandela Lecture and Other Mirrors for South Africa by Ariel Dorfman.

The collection opens with Dorfman’s acclaimed 2010 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, and offers readers a sustained encounter with one of the world’s premier authors expressing a deep connection to South Africa.

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Role revealed of Madiba’s comrades in Long Walk to Freedom

Assembly line of Laloo Chiba, Mac Maharaj, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada

4 November, 2011 – The recent revival of interest in the making of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom has resulted in fresh discoveries from the archive of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory – including the typed version of the original manuscript.

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Royal visit to Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall view archive

3 November, 2011 – A portion of Nelson Mandela’s archive was viewed today by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall when they visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg.

They were accompanied by Mr Mandela’s wife Mrs Graca Machel, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the Court of St James His Excellency Zola Skweyiya and Achmat Dangor, the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

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