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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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New scams sent via SMS

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has been made aware of a new scam, this time sent via SMS. The Centre of Memory urges the public not to be fooled by an unsolicited text offering compensation.

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Public scam warning

Fraudulent SMS promises compensation

3 November, 2011 – The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has been made aware of a new scam doing the rounds, this time sent via SMS. The Centre of Memory urges the public not to be fooled.

 

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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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