Media Release: The date is set for the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, 2022
From: Nelson Mandela Foundation
Publishing date: 29 September 2022
The 20th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be held on Saturday, 12 November 2022, at the Durban International Convention Centre in the City of eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). This will be the first-ever Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture hosted in the province, as a demonstration of solidarity with the communities most affected by the catastrophic floods on South Africa’s eastern seaboard in April 2022.
The date was confirmed recently by the Chairman of our Board, Prof Njabulo Ndebele, following a planning meeting with the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, in New York. Accompanied by the Foundation’s Chief Executive, Sello Hatang, Prof Ndebele discussed with the Prime Minister itineraries and programmes for her visit to South Africa.
The visit will begin in Johannesburg with a tour of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Sanctuary Mandela – Nelson Mandela’s former home, redesigned into a multi-purpose public facility specialising in retreat and hospitality offerings. Thereafter, the Prime Minister will proceed to King Shaka International Airport for the KZN leg of her visit. The Lecture on 12 November will be followed by a community dialogue exploring the local impacts of global climate change and by a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, which this year marks the 60th Anniversary of Madiba’s arrest by the Apartheid police in 1962.
The theme for the Lecture is Social Bonding and Decolonisation in the Context of the Climate Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South. The Prime Minister is ideally positioned to address this theme. Recently she was crowned a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations (UN) Environmental Programme. This is the UN’s highest environmental honour, awarded to her for policy leadership and advocacy concerning the countries most vulnerable to the climate crisis.
We are grateful to the KZN provincial government for hosting us this year at what will be the first Lecture in the form of a physical gathering since 2019 and look forward to welcoming everyone able to participate.
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