Nelson Mandela digital archive goes live

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.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1497 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8209 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1707 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.47
-2.2%
Rand - Pound
21.05
-0.0%
Rand - Euro
18.91
-0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.09
-0.0%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.0%
Platinum
974.02
0.0%
Palladium
1,623.95
0.0%
Gold
1,865.16
0.0%
Silver
22.35
0.0%
Brent Crude
79.94
-2.8%
Top 40
74,082
+0.6%
All Share
80,241
+0.6%
Resource 10
75,186
+0.7%
Industrial 25
103,461
+0.8%
Financial 15
16,550
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE