Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a former president of South Africa, the first to be democratically elected after the apartheid system was abolished. He held office from 1994 until 1999. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and a political revolutionary. He was the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe, and was accused of sabotage and other related crimes as he fought against the oppressive apartheid system. Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison, serving majority of his sentence on Robben Island.

After his release from incarceration in 1990, Mandela ensured that a peaceful transition between apartheid and democracy took place in South Africa. He has received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work, as well as numerous honorary doctorates and awards. He was a global icon known for his extraordinary leadership. Nelson Mandela is often referred to as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. He was a respected, adored figure in South Africa and his legacy lives on long after his passing.

100 Moments in Time

In July 2018, southafrica.co.za is hosting a photo exhibition on the legendary photojournalist Peter Magubane’s 100 best photos of Nelson Mandela as the world celebrates Madiba’s 100th birthday...more

90 Minutes for Mandela Tribute Match

The '90 Minutes for Mandela' tribute match was a fundraiser under the FIFA 'Say No to Racism' banner, regarded as a key Mandela cause....more

A Typical Day of President Mandela

President Mandela started his day before dawn at 5:30am — sometimes earlier depending on the demands on him — he made his own bed and then spent 30 minutes exercising....more

Benjamin Pogrund, a Rand Daily Mail Reporter, Memories of Mandela

I saw Nelson Mandela at work in the courts in the aftermath of the women's protests against the pass laws in 1959....more

Benjamin Pogrund's Favourite Mandela Story

Among the many, many wonderful stories about Mandela my favourite is the one told to me by Jules Browde, the well-known Johannesburg white lawyer who defended people in political trials in the apartheid era....more

Bill Clinton on Mandela's Legacy

Former United States President Bill Clinton, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela during the 2007 Mandela birthday celebrations....more

Fifth Nelson Mandela Lecture

The man was Nelson Mandela and he was about to introduce the speaker at the fifth Nelson Mandela Lecture....more

George Bizos and Nelson Mandela

Bizos explained that his concern arose from the content of the historic statement Nelson Mandela made before sentence was passed....more

History that Shaped Mandela by Benjamin Pogrund

Mandela's charisma seldom reveals itself in set speeches....more

Kofi Annan on Nelson Mandela

Kofi Annan took full advantage of the occasion of the Fifth Nelson Mandela Lecture on the 22nd July 2007....more

Mandela and Benjamin Pogrund's Family

She produced and directed a documentary about his visit, 'The Last Mile: Mandela, Africa and Democracy'....more

Mandela and the 1994 Elections by Raymond Louw

Everyone speaks of the 1994 general election which transformed South Africa from a deeply racist authoritarian society into a non-racial democracy as a miracle....more

Mandela and the All-In National Action Council

Mandela and the All-In National Action Council decided to arrange demonstrations against the proclamation of South Africa as a Republic on 31 May 1961....more

Mandela and Umkhonto we Sizwe - Reported by Benjamin Pogurd

In mid-1961, ANC leaders met in secret and took the fateful decision to create Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the Spear of the Nation, to wage an armed struggle against apartheid....more

Mandela By Advocate George Bizos

Bizos spoke at length about his association with Mandela when he was featured by e-TV's Debora Patta in her Third Degree programme on 5 June 2007....more

Mandela on His Global Leader Project

'Since then I have watched the concept grow, gain structure and strength and become a real, viable, and pragmatic initiative,' said Mandela....more

Mandela The Black Pimpernel by Benjamin Pogrund

They scoured the country, but Mandela eluded them and became known as the 'Black Pimpernel', after the famous Baroness Orczy fictional character....more

Mandela, The Moral Voice of Africa

At the Tunis OAU summit in June 1994, a reporter described President Mandela as "the moral voice of Africa"....more

Mandela's Think Tank

Kofi Annan described a unique group assembled by Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg in 2007, to form an elder statesmen’s think tank to try to find solutions to some of the world's intractable problems....more

Nelson Mandela a Man of Destiny by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

On the Sunday after Nelson Mandela had been elected President, 30 000 people attended a thanksgiving service at the FNB Stadium near Soweto....more

Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk by Raymond Louw

Whilst in prison Nelson Mandela had to overcome internal problems before he could proceed comfortably with his negotiations with the Apartheid Government; he had to gain the support of his fellow prisoners to embark on talks with government leaders and a...more

Nelson Mandela and South Africa's Famous Ladies Luncheon by Raymond Louw

The reason President Mandela gave for entertaining the women — and it was his own idea — was a challenge to the country....more

Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund 2007 Celebrations

'When Mr Mandela sees children, he just melts. He holds them very dear to his heart,' comments Tumi Mdwaba, spokeswoman for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund....more

Nelson Mandela Early Years

At the end of the 1950s, Nelson Mandela was a deeply committed leader in the ANC....more

Nelson Mandela our beloved President by Raymond Louw

It was not simply because he donned a Springbok jersey at the final game, which gave South Africa the World Cup in its first appearance in that prestigious competition, though this gesture made an overwhelming impact....more

Nelson Mandela Prison Years by Benjamin Pogrund

Mandela and five of his closest colleagues were transferred from Robben Island to the easier conditions of Pollsmoor prison on the mainland....more

Nelson Mandela The Conciliattor By Raymond Louw

That is what South Africa's President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela did, five years after the jail doors were opened and he stepped out a free man, later to be elevated to the highest office in the country in what has been described as a miracle election....more

Nelson Mandela's Beginnings

Nelson Rolihlahla (Madiba) Mandela is an amazing man who changed history in South Africa and brought democracy to the nation....more

Nelson Mandela's Release

Mandela was released from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela immediately addressed mass rallies in Cape Town, Soweto and Durban which drew hundreds of thousands of people....more

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela by Raymond Louw

By then, Mandela was a leading member of a 60-strong group of young ANC members who had become impatient with the ANC’s leadership tactics of constitutionalism and polite petitioning of the government....more

Prisoner Mandela by Raymond Louw

South Africa's 40-million people have avoided that fate, largely due to the courage, determination, imagination and force of personality of Prisoner Mandela....more

Quote from Mbeki on Mandela

President Thabo Mbeki, who wished Nelson Mandela happy birthday on behalf of the government and people of South Africa in 2007, said the country and the world were privileged to celebrate the life of such 'an outstanding leader of our people'....more

Rebranding Mandela

Mandela's popularity was legendary and, according to a May 2007 survey conducted by the Markinor research company, he was becoming more popular with age....more

Reporter Benjamin Pogrund on Piet Beyleveld

Then, in 2007, Padraig O'Malley, in his biography of Mac Maharaj, who was jailed with Mandela, quotes party members as saying that Mandela, for a short time, was indeed a member....more