Mandela: free at last 15 December 2013, 2:01 PM

South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, has been laid to rest at his home in Qunu, with full military honours. The solemn occasion was attended by about 4500 mourners in the marquee, and speakers included SADC chairperson and president of Malawi, Joyce Banda; and Tanzania’s president Jakaya Kikwete. President Jacob Zuma delivered the […]

Full details: Madiba procession and lying in state 10 December 2013, 9:10 PM

South Africans and selected international visitors and guests will be able to view President Mandela’s remains at the Union Buildings for three days from Wednesday 11 December. President Mandela’s remains will be transported daily between 1 Military Hospital, Thaba Tshwane, and the Union Buildings. The procession will leave 1 Military Hospital at 07h00 daily and […]

Live coverage of memorial service for Madiba at FNB stadium 9 December 2013, 4:37 PM

As the nation mourns Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Memorial services will be held at several venues to give everyone the opportunity to attend. The official memorial service will take place on Tuesday, 10 December at FNB stadium in Johannesburg. The memorial service will begin at 11h00. Gates for the public will open at 06h00. The President […]

South Africa’s mourning for Nelson Mandela 8 December 2013, 10:03 PM

Following are the main events in the South African government’s official programme for the mourning and state funeral of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, aged 95: Sunday, Dec. 8 – National day of prayer and reflection in which South Africans will celebrate the life of Mandela and his legacy in places of worship, homes […]

Dedicated exhibition chronicles Madiba’s life 19 November 2013, 11:25 AM

The aim of the permanent exhibition at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is to show Mandela’s personality rather than his political side. Prior to the launch on Monday evening, November 18, journalists got a glimpse inside the exhibition. Tuesday 19 November 2013 11:25 Senior archivist at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Razia Saleh says it […]

Mandela film premieres in SA 5 November 2013, 4:10 PM

It was a glamorous affair at the red carpet premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Sunday, November 3. The film stars Idris Elba as Mandela, Naomie Harris, who plays Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Jamie Bartlett, Sthandiwe and Tony Kgoroge, Terry Pheto, Athandwa Kani and Riaad Moosa. […]

Statue unveiled in Washington 26 September 2013, 5:19 PM

A three-metre tall statue of former President Nelson Mandela now adorns the main entrance to South Africa’s Embassy in Washington. Unveiled on September 21 by a host of dignitaries, among them International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane, ANC Chair Baleka Mbete and leaders from the Free South Africa Movement in the United States, Madiba’s likeness […]

Thousands raised for Mandela Children’s Hospital 19 August 2013, 4:06 PM

Over R300 000 has been raised for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, for the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Gala Dinner last night at the Sandton Convention Centre. The hospital is expected to open its doors in 2014, and it is hoped that more than 655 specialist doctors and […]

The 11th Nelson Mandela Lecture 19 August 2013, 3:55 PM

Mobile communication expert, Mo Ibrahim, delivered the 11th Nelson Mandela Lecture on “building social cohesion” at Unisa in Pretoria. Monday 19 August 2013 15:55

SA continues to celebrate 22 July 2013, 3:27 PM

The spirit of Mandela reaches beyond. Monday 22 July 2013 15:27

SABC joins Standard Bank volunteers at Meals on Wheels 18 July 2013, 5:38 PM

Volunteers joined Meals on Wheels in the south of Johannesburg to prepare and cook food for over 1 500 underprivileged individuals in the community. Volunteers, mostly from Standard Bank, were divided into 4 teams of 10 people – each group cooking for 250 people. Check out the picture gallery below. Thursday 18 July 2013 17:38 […]

Concert in Paris 10 July 2013, 10:33 AM

The Nelson Mandela International Day Concert takes place on July 18 at Place de la Republique at 21:45.Conducted by Laurent Petitgirard and with praise poet Melusi Kubheka, the programme features the overture and other excerpts from Ushaka KaSenzangakhona composed by Milikazi Khumalo as well as excerpts from P L van Dijk’s Mandela Trilogy. The KZN […]

Alpine Primary gets their first library 10 July 2013, 10:02 AM

The container library will be delivered to Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain, which has 1 370 learners, later in July. The school currently has no library.The 28thMandela Day container library was the centre of attention at the launch of Mandela Month 2013, which took place on July 1, 2013 at the V&A Waterfront Clock […]

Ideas on what you can do with your 67 minutes 10 July 2013, 9:47 AM

Bikers for Mandela DayUnder the management of SAPA Yopa bikers Limpopo, supported by Harley Davidson Zambezi and Vodacom Limpopo region, Bikers for Mandela Day have an initiative made up of two legs. The first will take place on Saturday 13 July, meeting at Harley Davidson Zambezi and heading to Kwelobohloko Orphanage in Polokwane for site […]

Mandela Day launched 21 June 2013, 10:57 AM

The countdown to Nelson Mandela International Day 2013 has begun. Marked across the world on 18 July each year,Mandela Dayaims to encourage everyone to help others. Friday 21 June 2013 10:57

SABC, Mandela Children’s Hospital sign fundraising deal 11 June 2013, 11:29 AM

The SABC and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital signed a landmark fundraising agreement on Thursday, May 30.The SABC will make airtime available at no cost for promos, relevant editorial, and pre and post-media publicity for all hospital events and initiatives.The SABC will be utilising its numerous broadcast platforms to create awareness for the fundraising efforts […]

The Power of Words 22 April 2013, 12:31 PM

Each night, Times Square becomes a digital art gallery through dazzling visuals on select billboards and newsstands. Every show begins at 11:57pm with a “countdown” that signals the start of the 3 minute nightly presentation.A spectacular visual and inspirational message will greet New Yorkers and visitors to the Crossroads of the World this April as […]

Mandela Day library for oldest township in SA 22 April 2013, 10:57 AM

On February 22, 2013, learners, parents and teachers gathered at Montshiwa Primary School to celebrate the official opening of the 24th container library. Galeshewe is a township located in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Named after Kgosi Galeshewe, a late chief of the Tlhaping tribe, the township is one of South Africa’s oldest informal settlement […]

San radio station XF FM gives back 21 July 2011, 4:35 PM

On Mandela Day, XK FM went beyond the 67 minutes to feed more than 5 000 residents of Platfontein who count amongst the poorest of the poor. This was made possible by SABC, a befitting tribute to Madiba who personally initiated the establishment of this radio station for the marginalised !Xun- and Khwe community more […]

Congratulations Cheré 21 July 2011, 1:52 PM

Cheré Esterhuizen is the winner of our book give away. She won Nelson Mandela’s latest book, Nelson Mandela by Himself – The Authorised Book of Quotations. Cheré helps resue and care for abandoned animals. “I’ve chosen to spend 67 minutes (and more) at Animal Outreaches, a non-profit organisation in Port Elizabeth…I’m dedicating all spare time […]

Win a book on Mandela’s quotes 15 July 2011, 11:28 AM

In celebration of former president Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday, the SABC will be giving away his latest book, Nelson Mandela by Himself – The Authorised Book of Quotations on Mandela Day, Monday July 18. If you would like to take part in our online competition, tell us how you intend spending your 67 minutes on […]

Sing for Madiba 13 July 2011, 2:01 PM

South Africans are being encouraged to break into song to wish former president Nelson Mandela a happy 93rd birthday on Monday, July 18. The Education Department and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have partnered to get at least 12.4 million school children across the country to sing at exactly 8am on the day. They are encouraging […]

Polokwane team helps intellectually challenged adults 13 July 2011, 12:28 PM

The Polokwane News team has identified the Reakgona Adult Centre in need of help. They will paint two of the centre’s hostel rooms for males. The team will also be collecting clothes, material, plants, flowers, food and books for the centre. Reakgona Adult Centre in Polokwane in Limpopo caters for 154 intellectually challenged adults from […]

Joburg set on Rehabilitation 13 July 2011, 12:20 PM

SABC News staff members in Johannesburg are planning to volunteer for at least an hour on Saturday, July 16 at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Auckland Park. This well-resourced and specialised private healthcare facility rehabilitates adults and children across the spectrum with physical disabilities. The hospital has five wards – four for adults and one […]

Donate your cans – SAfm initiative 11 July 2011, 4:54 PM

In response to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s international call for people to contribute 67 minutes of their time on Nelson Mandela’s birthday towards a humanitarian cause, Nelson Mandela Square and SAfm are calling for your cans. A call to all South Africans to donate non-perishable foods to Ithlokomeleng, an old age home situated in the […]

Pretoria team to help Sizanani Home 11 July 2011, 11:51 AM

On July 18, SABC News in Pretoria and Ikwekwezi FM will volunteer their time to the The Sizanani Home for disabled children and adults near Bronkhorspruit in celebration of Mandela Day. The team will be collecting donations, including clothes, educational toys, blankets and food for the children. The team will also interact with the children, […]

Chatsworth youth centre needs a makeover 8 July 2011, 1:48 PM

The SABC News team in Durban will be giving The Chatsworth Youth Centre a new lease on life. It is supposed to be a ‘safe haven’ for youths. The centre needs a complete refurbishment because it is in disrepair. It has broken windows, loose bricks and a neglected garden There also seems to be limited […]

Thembalethu to get a new dormitory 8 July 2011, 12:38 PM

In the Western Cape the SABC’s radio and TV teams will help with painting and maintenance work and will hand over a dormitory to The Thembalethu School for the Disabled in Gugulethu on July 18. It is a special school which cares for and educates disabled children.A small group of concerned women established the school […]

SABC focuses on the disabled in honour of Mandela Day 8 July 2011, 12:18 PM

SABC News in Johannesburg and its offices in all the provinces are devoting the bulk of its collective time to the disabled in the run-up to Mandela Day on Monday, 18 July. Mandela Day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step […]

SABC looks to needy kids and physically disabled 8 July 2011, 11:56 AM

In Mpumalanga, a Good Hope Home based Care Centre in Mattaffin will recieve a helping hand. They look after at least 200 children of ranging from the orphaned, vulnerable, neglected and the disabled. Age groups vary from newborns to teenagers. The SABC team in the province will help with washing, cooking, cleaning and painting on […]