SAA hands over Mandela Day libraries in Qunu and Mvezo

27 October, 2011 – The installation of Mandela Day libraries continues to spread the Mandela Day message about people’s capacity, when working together, to bring about positive change. The libraries promote a reading culture and address the call for equal access to resources for education.

The twelfth and thirteenth Mandela Day Libraries were opened at schools in the historically important areas of Mvezo and Qunu in the Eastern Cape district where Nelson Mandela was born. The two refurbished container units were sponsored by the South African Airways which, in the last two years, has involved primary schools in the area in their Mandela Day activities.

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Family wants answers on 40th anniversary of Timol’s death

Mandela called him “brave young man”

26 October, 2011Statement on behalf of Mr Imtiaz Cajee, nephew of Ahmed Timol and author of the book Timol: A Quest for Justice

In 2009 President Jacob Zuma posthumously awarded the Order of Luthuli to Ahmed Timol for his “excellent contribution and selfless sacrifice” in the anti-apartheid struggle. But the truth remains elusive around the death in police detention on 27 October 1971 of this 29-year-old school teacher.

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Nelson Mandela has 50 000 followers on Twitter

@NelsonMandela a hit on social media

25 October, 2011 – Seven months to the day after it started, the Twitter account @NelsonMandela has 50 000 followers.

“We are delighted at reaching this milestone,” said Sello Hatang, Communications Manager at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. “What this means is that 50 000 people around the world and their thousands of followers get daily tweets of Mr Mandela’s words spoken in a variety of contexts over 60 years. They also receive daily historical dates in Mr Mandela’s life and reliable news updates.”

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Nelson Mandela officially counted

Third Census for retired statesman

21 October, 2011 – Nelson Mandela was today officially counted on the eleventh day of South Africa’s Census 2011. He was officially enumerated at his home in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, by the Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Mr Mandela, who is now fully retired, has joined millions of South Africans in being counted in the Census which began on 10 October 2011 and is scheduled to end on 31 October.

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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory receives prominent visitors

“Very special” experience

14 October, 2011 – “Very special”, was how Sarah Dunn, the new head of UKAID, described her tour of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory archive today.

Ms Dunn and her colleague Hilary Nkulu were shown items from Mr Mandela’s personal archive by Sello Hatang, head of communications of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM). They saw the oldest items in the archive, Mr Mandela’s Methodist Church membership cards from 1929 to 1934, a photograph of him when he was a teenager at high school, and letters he meticulously transcribed in prison.

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Media release: Nobel Peace Prize winners

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory congratulates winners

From all of us at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory we would like to congratulate the three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni Activist Tawakkul Karman.

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Birthday wish for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Happy 80th birthday, Arch

On behalf of all of us at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we would like to wish you a very happy birthday.

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Opening of the 11th container library on 30 September, 2011

Mandela Day container libraries bring books to students

4 October, 2011 – The 11th Mandela Day container library was opened at the Nobuntu Senior Primary School in Dimbaza, near King William’s Town on Friday 30 September 2011.



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Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

27 September, 2011 – The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a book by Nelson Mandela’s personal chef.

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Opening of the 10th Mandela Day container library on 23 September, 2011

26 September, 2011 – The 10th Mandela Day container library was opened on 23 September at the Mid-Ennerdale Primary School in Gauteng. The school was chosen because of its close association with the 46664 Bangles campaign.

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