Local banker offers $2.5m for recreation of Da Vinci’s famous work 21 June 2011, 12:05 PM

Banker Mxolisi Mbetse has formally offered $2.5-million for a painting, Last Supper, depicting former president Nelson Mandela as Jesus Christ. Artist Dean Simon, appointed in 1988 as an official war artist, was commissioned to produce the piece by a Johannesburg businessman who wants to remain anonymous. It is a contemporary version of, arguably, one of […]

Songs about Mandela and his love for music 21 June 2011, 11:55 AM

Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it. (Nelson Mandela). What truth these words of former president of the country Dr Nelson Mandela have. Music artists who were in the fight for […]

Mandela statue in London 21 June 2011, 11:32 AM

The statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Parliament Square following a seven year campaign led by Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London. The idea of placing a statue to honour Nelson Mandela in a prominent place in London was initiated by Donald Woods, the journalist and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, who died in […]

Honours, awards and other forms of recognition 15 June 2011, 2:43 PM

Year Award 1964 Elected Honorary President of the Students’ Union, University College, London 1965 Elected Honorary President of the Students’ Union, University of Leeds, Britain 1973 A nuclear particle discovered at the University of Leeds named the Mandela particle 1975 Honorary life membership of the Students’ Union, The University of London 1979, 29 Sept Awarded […]

Places named after Mandela 15 June 2011, 1:07 PM

Street names: International City of Cardiff, Wales, named a street after Nelson Mandela Camden Borough Council, London, names the street where the Anti-Apartheid Movement has its headquarters as ‘Mandela Street’. Street in Glasgow, Scotland, where South African Consulate is sited, renamed after Mandela New York City renamed square in front of South African mission to […]