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Nelson Mandela digital archive goes live

2012-03-27 15:15

Cape Town - Previously privileged information on Nelson Mandela is now available online - for free.

The Mandela Digital Archive - an initiative by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) and the Google Cultural Institute - was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

It aims to help preserve and digitise thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Nelson Mandela.

Google donated R8.6m to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) to set up this interactive project, which includes Mandela’s correspondence with family, friends and comrades, as well as his diaries during his years of imprisonment.

The archive also includes the earliest-known photo of Mandela while still at school and never-before seen drafts of Mandela’s manuscripts for a sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

It’s possible to search and browse through different parts of Mandela’s life categorised into different sections including ‘Early Life’, ‘Prison Years’, ‘Retirement’, ‘Young People’ and ‘My Moments With A Legend’.

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said he was encouraged that the material has been put to use, as it stimulates social justice, Sapa reported.

"Through this project, we are sharing [Mandela's] legacy of dedicated service to humanity, reconciliation, freedom... and dignity for all."

He said his department was finalising plans for digitalising national archives.

Comments
  • Prudence Pelembe - 2012-03-27 15:34

    Yes shut up Leon

  • Eugene - 2012-03-27 16:51

    Sounds interesting, I hope this also will reveal some of the late NPs treachery!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-27 16:58

    wow...cant wait to get my hands on this...he such a wonderful person...would be delighted to have this in my nelson mandela collection

      freda.coetzee - 2012-03-27 18:28

      I Agree with you! Yes he is not a saint But He is a wonderful man. Negative people must read his sayings and quotes....

      Buddy - 2012-03-27 20:06

      ja nelson mandela is realy a good man god may be with him all times and give him many years to live

  • Mkhuja - 2012-03-27 20:04

    Tata is everything to me but i totaly not wth those who surpport our x youth president who show no respect to us youth by being rude to number of political elders we apologize to TATA mandela and the rest of elders including TATA MBEKI OUR PRESIDENT TATA ZUMA

  • Mkhuja - 2012-03-27 20:04

    Tata is everything to me but i totaly not wth those who surpport our x youth president who show no respect to us youth by being rude to number of political elders we apologize to TATA mandela and the rest of elders including TATA MBEKI OUR PRESIDENT TATA ZUMA

  • eugene.joshua - 2012-03-27 23:17

    Awesome news! Can't wait to make use of it! Mandela, while flawed like any other human being, did a lot for our country and for that we should honour him. Preserving his legacy is part of that and can only be good for our democracy!

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