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Social Bonding Beyond Borders

Our calamities and crises are barely ever isolated, writes Foundation CE Sello Hatang in his…
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Discovery: the 'dompas' – A young person’s perspective

The donation of a "dompas", a kind of domestic passport from the apartheid era, to…

Coalitions, the new normal in South Africa

Judging by the recent developments in the Nelson Mandela Bay City Council and the Johannesburg…
Dulcie September

The Murder of Dulcie September and many other Black Female Activists and the Threat Their Legacies Pose

"I never met Dulcie September, the murdered Black South African activist, but I feel a…
Place Dulcie September, Paris

Teaching the legacy of Dulcie September and other assassinated anti-racist figures of resistance as poetry for collective liberation

PhD candidate Leonard Cortana argues for "other voices and experiences".
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Nelson Mandela’s release from prison: 33 years on

This year marks 33 years since the release of Nelson Mandela. He was released unconditionally on 11…

Energy crisis: Turning citizens into criminals

I was listening to the radio sometime last month when I heard the brilliant Ms…

On the (im)possibility of renewal within the ANC

On the 8th of January 2023, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the ANC’s annual January 8 statement i…

Staying the course through trouble and uncertainty

As the year draws to an end, unavoidably, we have to reckon with the December…
Rick Stengel shakes hands with Mr Mandela, as Ahmed Kathrada, Verne Harris and Minister Pallo Jordan look on

Tladi Ditshego, Rick Stengel and the writing of Long Walk to Freedom

Read the story of how activist Tladi Ditshego and former Time magazine journalist…
Mia Motley on stage at the 2022 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Pursuing A Decolonised Agenda for Climate Change- Perspectives from the Global South

The climate change discourse has been fraught with denialism and a constant shifting of responsibility.…
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It's untrue, Mr President, that there aren't enough skilled town planners

Instead of acknowledging the government's poor performance as it relates to planning, President Cyril Ramaphosa…

Did the 'real' Nelson Mandela really die in 1985? Embracing the Global Media and Information Literacy week

Being an archivist in the era of disinformation, misinformation and fake news, Zandile Myeka believes…
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In conversation with Linda Olga Nghatsane about climate-smart agriculture

In line with the theme for Nelson Mandela Day and the Nelson Mandela Annual lecture “D…

Emergent social bonds

Our highlight for October was receiving yet another international award. The Nelson Mandela Foundation was,…
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Early childhood development centres’ battle for formalisation hurts the poor

A common lament from principals of early childhood development (ECD) centres is that their centre's…

KuBhubhʼuMhlaba: artist's statement

Statement by artist Thato Toeba on his cover for the podcast KuBhubhʼuMhlaba (2022).

Between the Map and the Empire, We Make Each Other Human Again

Nonzuzo Gxekwa is a photography-based artist living and working in Johannesburg. Her new retrospective publication…
Hatang At New York Stock Exchange 2022

Always remember

A trip to New York to retrace Madiba's footsteps there is what loomed largest for…

A leader is not a lone genius, but a joyous human being

What is effective leadership? The Foundation's Kneo Mokgopa, Manager: Narrative Development at the Foundation, explores…