Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and UNISA will host the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 17 August 2013.

Through its mandate, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory seeks to contribute to a just society by promoting the vision and work of its Founder and convening dialogue around critical social issues. South Africa occupies a unique space in Africa and globally as an example of a country that emerged from the morass of deeply rooted racial, cultural and political divides – primarily because of timely dialogue between all stakeholders.

Internationally respected businessman, academic and global philanthropist, Dr Mo Ibrahim, will deliver this year’s Lecture, themed "Building Social Cohesion". Dr Ibrahim is the Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which he established in 2006 to support good governance and exceptional leadership on the African continent.

Dr Ibrahim joins the illustrious ranks of several high-profile world icons who have had the opportunity of delivering previous Nelson Mandela Annual Lectures, including former US President Bill Clinton; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; former President of Ireland and human rights activist Mary Robinson; former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; former President Thabo Mbeki; and Kenyan environmental activist Professor Wangari Maathai.

Local and international audiences will be able to view the Lecture live on SABC2 and the new SABC DSTV Channel 404, and/or listen live on Lesedi FM, Ukhosi FM, Lotus FM and SAfm.

The Lecture will also be streamed live on, and

The public can also follow the Lecture via Twitter on @NelsonMandela and #NMAL2013.