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Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2014: transcript of President Michelle Bachelet’s address

Building social cohesion through active citizenship

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet delivered the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Cape Town City Hall on Women’s Day, 9 August 2014.

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Media advisory: conference on nation formation and social cohesion

Issued for and on behalf of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA)

The Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA), in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will host a conference on 14 August 2014 to release the research report for its project on nation formation and social cohesion.

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Race, gender and the elephant in the room

The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series Gender in Dialogue: the University of Cape Town, 10 August 2014

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet concluded her two-day visit to Cape Town engaging in what was, at times, a deeply moving and, at others, rousing discussion about gender-based violence and women’s rights.

The event at the University of Cape Town’s Jameson Hall took place the day after she delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in the Cape Town City Hall. The Gender in Dialogue event formed part of the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series, in partnership with the African Gender Institute and UCT.

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Memory Dialogue: reckoning with oppressive pasts

In conversation with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

On the morning of the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 9 August, the Lecturer, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, gave two hours of her time to a conversation with two dozen South Africans on the challenges of reckoning with oppressive pasts.

Hosted by Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) chairman Professor Njabulo Ndebele at The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the conversation provided an intense dialogical exploration of the theme.

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Cohesion and unity the only viable way – Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2014

Nelson Mandela’s life had been based on a “profound certainty that there are no differences that justify discrimination, violence, abuse or oppression”. He had shown that the only viable path was one of cohesion and unity.

This was the view of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as she took to the podium to deliver the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in the Cape Town City Hall on 9 August 2014.

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Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2014: what the audience thought

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet ‘fantastic’ and ‘inspirational’

Hundreds of people attended the 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, delivered by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Women’s Day, 9 August 2014, in the Cape Town City Hall.

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Mandela Day container library opens in Phalaborwa

On 6 August 2014, students and teachers at Pondo Combined School in Lulekani in the Mopani District of Phalaborwa became the recipients of a Shout SA-sponsored SEED library.

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Thought leaders on Mandela Day: Corinne Woods, UN Millennium Campaign

On living (and working) Mr Mandela’s legacy

Corinne Woods currently serves as Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, which supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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Thought leaders on Mandela Day: insights from Rhodes University’s Trading Live initiative

“Students need a 3D education,” says Nosipho Mngomezulu, co-ordinator of the Student Volunteer Programme at Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Unit.

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Mrs Graça Machel and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in gender dialogue: Jameson Hall, UCT

UCT Chancellor will host Chilean President at UCT in Gender in Dialogue event

This year’s Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Series will include an interactive dialogue, where President Michelle Bachelet of Chile will engage with South African proponents of gender equity to answer the question: Does gender still matter in the ongoing work of liberation?

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