US President honoured by Madiba’s congratulations
9 March 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
March 9, 2009 – Nelson Mandela has received a letter of thanks from United States President Barack Obama thanking Mr Mandela for his “words of encouragement”.
Mr Mandela sent a letter to the US President at the beginning of the year congratulating him “on taking office as the President of the United States of America”.
Foundation hosts consultative forum to promote social cohesion
2 March 2009 | Category: Dialogue for Justice
March 2, 2009 – The aim of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s community dialogue programmes is to promote social cohesion by creating a safe place in which members of a community can come together to discuss the challenges they face and find sustainable solutions.
It was fitting, therefore, that the Foundation created a space at its buildings today for organisations to discuss the challenges facing certain communities in South Africa after the recent xenophobic attacks.
“Nelson Mandela Foundation/Fifa World Cup Lottery Draw” a hoax
27 February 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Feb 27, 2009 – The Nelson Mandela Foundation would like to alert the public that there is an email lottery scam doing the rounds.
People are being sent an email which informs them that their “email address has been selected as one of the winners of the Nelson Mandela Foundation/Fifa World Cup Lottery Draw”.
Sampson family hand over his South African library to the Centre of Memory
20 February 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, Publications
Feb 20, 2009 – The autobiography of the late Anthony Sampson, The Anatomist, was launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation last night. The event marked not only the publication of Sampson’s memoirs but also the handing over of Sampson’s library of South African books to the Centre of Memory.
Born on August 3, 1926, in Billingham, England, Sampson is regarded as one of the greatest journalists and writers of his time.Read more
Madiba reflects on Valentine’s Day
13 February 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Feb 13, 2008 – In c. 1995 Nelson Mandela responded to a query from a young South African.
Here is an extract from his response:
“It will probably shock many to discover how colossally ignorant I am about simple things the ordinary person takes for granted. Having been born and grown up in a rural environment with parents who could neither read nor write, one hardly ever heard about Valentine’s Day.
Madiba’s first day of freedom 19 years on
11 February 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Feb 11, 2009 – Nineteen years ago today, Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years and five months in prison. The whole world watched him walk through the gates of Victor Verster Prison, but few people know the detail of his first day of freedom.
Foundation mourns the loss of former Treason Trialist and former Member of Parliament
2 February 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Feb 2, 2009 – Suliman “Solly” Esakjee, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle and a co-accused with Nelson Mandela in the 1956 Treason Trial, passed away in hospital last night. He was 79.
Active in the Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) from 1946, he was also part of the Congress of the People which adopted the Freedom Charter in 1955. Esakjee was also jailed for 30 days for his part in the 1952 Defiance Campaign against unjust laws. He stood trial with 155 others in the 1956 Treason Trial, which continued until March 1961. Charges against him were withdrawn in January 1958.Read more
Community conversation starts dialogue on peaceful co-existence
28 January 2009 | Category: Dialogue for Justice
January 28, 2009 – The 32 facilitators piloting the new community conversation series of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Dialogue Programme, have got their first taste of an actual conversation.
In partnership with a number of different organisations, this series of dialogues looks to promote peaceful co-existence in communities shared by residents of different nationalities.
Foundation receives photos of Mr Mandela’s 1990 visit
26 January 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Jan 26, 2009 – Nelson Mandela was issued with his first South African passport on February 19, 1990, eight days after he was released from prison. It was this passport (with his second name “Rolihlahla” spelt incorrectly as “Rolilahla”) that he used to embark on a tour of some of the African states that had supported the South African liberation struggle, including Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
Nadja Manghezi, who was working at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania in March 1990, has recently made photos of Mr Mandela’s visit available to the Nelson Mandela Foundation Archive.Read more
‘We believe that we are witnessing something truly historic’
20 January 2009 | Category: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Jan 20, 2009 – Herewith the text of Mr Nelson Mandela’s letter to President Obama which was handed to him before his inauguration.
Dear Mister President,
We are greatly honoured to join the millions around the globe congratulating you on taking office as the President of the United States of America. We believe that we are witnessing something truly historic not only in the political annals of your great nation, the United States of America, but of the world.Read more