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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, […]

Outline of planned events around July 18, 2011

8 June 2011, 10:59 AM

To read a list of all the events planned around Mandela Day published by the Mandela Foundation click here.Mandela Day is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them. A global movement for […]

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