Nelson Mandela Foundation

Members of the audience at the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture came away with strong impressions of United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed’s address.

Ndabayathe  Ndhlovu

Ndabayathe Ndhlovu, Thabo Pelesane Foundation

“There are so many things we need to change to ensure more equality in our society. The speech highlighted that we need to work in unity to uplift our communities.”

Bulelani  Mgcoyi

Bulelani Mgcoyi, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

“It’s so important to do our best to protect young women and children. As men we need to ensure that we stand up and speak up in our society.”

Inga Sibiya

Inga Sibiya, content producer

“I really resonated with the call to action for all citizens. The message was loud and clear – let’s empower ourselves and each other.”

Lethiwe  Mbatha 2

Lethiwe Mbatha, Stellenbosch University Master’s student

“It’s clear that women and children at the centre of our development is the way forward. We need to dismantle our current systemic issues because a country is never free until our women and children are free.”

Bridget  Backman

Bridgitte Backman, Director for Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Distell

“I brought my daughters along to see the Annual Lecture, because it’s so important to have real role models to look up to. From a professional standpoint, the lecture was the ideal opportunity for us to partner up and make a contribution to our society.”

Zandile  Sodladla

Zandile Sodladla, SRC president for UNISA

“The lecture definitely integrated the principles of equality and all that Nelson Mandela stood for. But it also highlighted that there is a long way to go for women, and we’re so capable of making a difference.”

Terry  Bell

Terry Bell, financial writer and analyst

“It was one of the most timely and appropriate speeches of 2017.”

Zelda  Ann  Hinsta

Zelda Ann Hintsa, community development worker

“Amina Mohammed gave us solid steps on how to empower the girl child. The best ever lecture I’ve attended.”

Chief  Joseph  Little

Chief Joseph Little, chairperson of the National Khoi San Council

“Amina Mohammed delivered an excellent speech, and the whole world can learn from the points she shared.”