Mandela did not want revenge, hence the TRC – Bizoz 4 May 2015, 1:00 PM

The late President Nelson Mandela did not want revenge on the perpetrators of Apartheid, which is why the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC ) was established. This is according to advocate George Bizoz, who was reflecting on the 20 years after the TRC in an interview with the SABC’s Chriselda Lewis. HE said that he […]

Today marks the 25 year anniversary of Madiba’s release 11 February 2015, 3:54 PM

25 years ago on this day (11 February 1990) Nelson Mandela took his first steps to freedom. After an effective 27 years of imprisonment, the symbol of South Africa’s fight for liberation, Nelson Mandela, was released. Mandela spent nearly 20 years of his life on Robben Island until 1982 when he was transferred to Pollsmoor […]

Remembering Madiba, a year later 4 December 2014, 1:56 PM

Friday the 5th of December 2014 is the first anniversary of the death of one of the world’s most revered leaders. The late former President Nelson Mandela passed away at age of 95 at his Houghton home in Johannesburg after a lengthy illness. His death unleashed a heartfelt chorus of condolences and tributes. It’s a […]

Madibanomics – Assessing the economic legacy of Nelson Mandela 28 January 2014, 6:53 PM

Nelson Mandela’s conversion from socialism to capitalism was a dramatic ‘road to Damascus’ moment, and it is perhaps a strong testament to his leadership that – as a man in his 70s – he was willing to change his mind. He walked out of prison preaching nationalisation. In case there was any confusion about his […]

The profile on Nelson Mandela 8 December 2013, 9:20 PM

The apartheid government fought hard to stay in power. It imposed strict media laws and extended the reach of its security forces. This resulted in further acts of violence against anti-apartheid activists and ordinary South Africans. A state of emergency governed the late 1980s. Hundreds of activists were shot dead and over 30 000 detained […]

Routing the Life of Madiba in the E Cape 24 July 2013, 6:55 PM

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the Eastern Cape. His father was Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa and his mother Nosekeni Fanny. Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo where his father Chief Mphakanyiswa, presided over the village. Mandela and his family later moved to Qunu where he bagan his formal schooling. […]

Nelson Mandela: Before Prisoner, Beyond President 19 July 2013, 8:28 PM

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Map of places related to Nelson Mandela 26 January 2012, 2:00 PM

SABC news has compiled a map of places that have a relation to the life of Nelson Mandela. The map will be updated on a continuous basis. Thursday 26 January 2012 14:00

Challenges faced when the ANC took power in 1994 14 June 2011, 4:08 PM

The suddenness of the assumption of power took the ANC government by surprise (they were taken from underground structures and prisons to running the country) He knew that taking over would be complicated He understood that it would be some time until black South Africans could govern without support from white managers, technicians and professionals […]

Famous quotes 14 June 2011, 3:52 PM

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” “Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the […]

Brief look at his Presidential tenure 14 June 2011, 3:38 PM

He saw sport as critical to reconciliation He saw media as a frontier of transformation A democratic constitution was established A comprehensive bill of rights was also established The TRC was established A battery of progressive legislation was also introduced under the auspices of the Reconstruction and Development Programme which aimed to address poverty, restore […]

Timeline of his life 14 June 2011, 3:28 PM

1918, 18 July Born at Mvezo in the Transkei 1925 Attends primary school near Qunu. Teacher wants all children to have a Christian name so gives him the name ‘Nelson’ 1927 Entrusted to Nkosi Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting Regent of the Thembu people at the Great Place at Mqhekezweni 1934 Undergoes initiation; Goes to Clarkebury […]

Interesting facts 14 June 2011, 11:04 AM

Mandela’s birth name Rolihlahla means, “to pull a branch of a tree” or “troublemaker”. Mandela is named Rolihlahla at birth, given the Western name Nelson at seven years old by his schoolteacher, then given the name Dalibunga at age 16 after his initiation, and often referred to as Madiba (the name of his clan) out […]

Presidential style and controversy 11 June 2011, 8:50 AM

Soon he established excellent relations with the white staff he had kept on. Afrikaner secretaries and servants became loyal to Mandela as he also made a point to remember their names and also their families. At Tuynhuis in Cape Town, Mandela didn’t change much. He put up a picture of his mother’s kraal and of […]

Illnesses Madiba has suffered 11 June 2011, 8:20 AM

In 1979 Mandela injured his heel during a tennis game, and had to be examinedin Cape Town. The doctor established that Mandela had first hurt his heel during a soccer match during his days at Fort Hare, but had never bothered tohave it medically checked. An operation was performed in Cape Town in anattempt to […]

Iconic moments in the great leader’s life 11 June 2011, 7:53 AM

18 July 1918, Mandela was born. During 1939, he enrolled at Fort Hare (studying English, Anthropology, Politics). In 1941, he met Walter Sisulu in Johannesburg. He passed his end of year exams for his BA at UNISA in 1942. In 1944 , he joined the ANC and co-founded the ANCYL. He married his first wife, […]

Biography – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 11 June 2011, 7:43 AM

Nelson Mandela’s greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing. Locked up in his cell during daylight hours, deprived of music, both these simple pleasures were denied him for decades. With his fellow prisoners, concerts were organized when possible, particularly at Christmas time, where […]