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Building lasting legacies

South Africans must continue to build lasting legacies like those of human rights advocate George…

Moeggesukkel – Tired of Suffering: Asset-Based Community Development in Action

The resilience of the inhabitants of the Eastern Cape informal settlement of Moeggesukkel has informed…
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Mandela Day: an interview with Ethel Arends

We speak to one of the Foundation's longest-serving staff members, Ethel Arends, about Mandela Day.
Mandela Day Zwide 2022

This moment is a call for leadership

The month of Madiba’s birth, Mandela Month, is always special for the Foundation. This y…

What would Madiba say?

Khanya Ralarala, an intern in the Foundation’s Information and Communication Technologies and Facilities department r…
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Vangasali: an instrument to drive an "ECD for all" agenda

A report on the training on early childhood development the Foundation has provided to provincial…
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Constitutionalism and the rule of law in South Africa

As many recent studies have shown, in South Africa trust in the law and all…

Waiting for liberation

The deaths of 21 children in a tavern in East London and experiences from doing charity…

Vuleka Mhlaba (What Would Happen if Madiba Returned?)

I remember the day Nelson Mandela returned, exactly thirty years after his death. On that…
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If planning is everything, maybe it's nothing?

The impacts of spatial apartheid planning have been so vast that even today our planning…
Mandela Day Launch 2022

Let's build the nation of Madiba's dreams

I always feel a terrible pull in opposite directions – on the one hand, I am o…
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The importance of education to Madiba

A letter Nelson Mandela wrote from Robben Island in 1970 portrays how much Madiba valued education.
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Building a new politics from the ground up

This year, Freedom Day arrived amid a crisis of political accountability. By now, the headlines…
KwaZulu-Natal floods, April 2022 (6)

One blow too many

For the Foundation, the month of April has been dominated by the most catastrophic flooding…

From othering to belonging

Foundation CE Sello Hatang reflects on human migration and its causes, and on xenophobia and…
Anant Singh at the launch of his book, In Black and White

Anant Singh in conversation with Caiphus Semenya and Gcina Mhlope at Sanctuary Mandela

On the 8th of March 2022, the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted an event to promote the…
Volunteers from RebuildSA clean up after looting in Soweto, July 2021

What a year 2021 has been!

What a year 2021 has been! We end it confronting yet another Covid-19 wave before …
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FW de Klerk, a man with a large and complex legacy

As an historical figure, former president FW de Klerk loomed large. His legacy is…
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Humanity is the hope and change we need

If everyone gets involved in social programmes we believe that we can make a difference…