A glance at a decade of freedom

2004-04-26 15:58
Cape Town - South Africa is celebrating 10 years of democracy, take a look at the path it's followed over the past ten years.


  • SA holds its first free and fair democratic election
  • Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as first democratically elected president
  • New SA flag is raised for the first time


  • SA hosts and wins Rugby World Cup


  • Parliament adopts new internationally acclaimed constitution
  • Gay rights recognised
  • Bafana Bafana wins African Cup of Nations
  • Penny Heyns wins 2 gold medals for swimming at the Atlanta Olympics
  • Josiah Tugwane wins gold at Atlanta Olympics for the marathon
  • Cathy O'Dowd becomes first South African to successfully ascend Mount Everest, with Ian Woodall being the first to summit


  • TRC Hearings begin


  • Mandela's 80th birthday
  • Mandela marries Graca Machel


  • Second democratic elections
  • Thabo Mbeki elected second democratic president
  • Mike Horn circumnavigates the globe along the equator


  • Millenium celebrations
  • Mandela lighting candle on Robben Island
  • Zanele Situ becomes first black athlete to win gold at Paralympics - won it for javelin throwing


  • Mark Shuttleworth becomes first Afronaut
  • Hansie Cronje is implicated in a match rigging scandal


  • Nkosi Johnson speaks at World Aids conference in Durban
  • South Africa hosts World Summit on Sustainable Development
  • Launch of the African Union in SA


  • South Africa hosts the Cricket World Cup
  • Natalie Du Toit wins medals at Commonwealth games with one leg
  • J M Coetzee wins Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Walter Sisulu dies
  • Hestrie Cloete wins Female World Athlete of the year
  • Mandela hosts the 46664 Aids Awareness concert in Cape Town
  • Sibusiso Vilane becomes first black African to climb Mount Everest
  • Mandela's 85th birthday


  • ARV rollout finally begins
  • Charlize Theron wins best actress Oscar
  • Sean Wisedale becomes first African to have climbed all 7 summits
  • Constitutional Court opens on the 21st of March (Human Rights Day)
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