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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Passing of Professor Wangari Maathai

26 September, 2011 – On behalf of our Founder, Board of Trustees and staff we offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades of the late Professor Wangari Maathai.

It was with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of this exceptional environmental activist.


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@NelsonMandela a top Tweeter

Our Twitter page #27 in South Africa

22 September, 2011 – Within six months of starting the @NelsonMandela Twitter account, it has been named the 27th biggest Tweeter in South Africa.

The social media influence rating site Klout, which scores more than 80-million individuals, has found that @NelsonMandela is “regularly recognised as a leader in your industry. When you speak, people listen”.

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Nelson Mandela most trusted world figure

New study puts Madiba on top

22 September, 2011 – More than 51 000 people in 25 countries voted for Nelson Mandela as number one in a new study designed to measure the degree to which a person is liked, respected, admired and trusted. The Reputation Institute released its findings yesterday.

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