Madiba 20

Obama calls Mandela

US President Barack Obama has called former president Nelson Mandela to mark the 20th anniversary of his release from prison.


Timeline of Mandela's life

2010-02-11 16:09

To mark the anniversary of the release of former president Nelson Mandela from prison 20 years ago, his foundation has released a chronology of his life.


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Madiba film gifts for Parliament

2010-02-11 17:11

A feature length film on Nelson Mandela's life will be distributed at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, says producer Anant Singh.

'I wanted to see him with my own eyes'

2010-02-11 14:44

People at a rally to commemorate Nelson Mandela's release from prison have shared their thoughts on seeing him for the first time - and what he means to them.

Tough day for unsuspecting anchor

2010-02-11 13:53

Clarence Keyter, the voice behind the live worldwide broadcast of Mandela's release, had a very tough day at the office.

Mandela 'supported nationalisation'

2010-02-11 12:29

Nationalisation was a policy that Nelson Mandela himself had supported, says ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

VIPs arrive for Mandela celebrations

2010-02-11 08:08

VIP guests have begun arriving at Drakenstein prison near Paarl for a morning of celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from jail.

Where are my weights? - Mandela

2010-02-10 23:15

"Where are my weights," Nelson Mandela demanded from an exhausted Trevor Manuel in an 05:00 call the day after Madiba's release.

Tutu: Recapture the spirit

2010-02-10 22:12

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged all South Africans to recapture the spirit of the day Nelson Mandela was released - February 11 1990.

'Our collective spirit soared'

2010-02-10 14:39

Read a Statement by Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

Madiba's release remembered

2010-02-09 12:56

"Electric and yet so tense", is how Siraaj Cassiem described waiting in Cape Town hoping to see former president Nelson Mandela emerge from prison.

SA's social divide endures

2010-02-08 19:09

Nelson Mandela's release from prison ushered in South Africa's democracy, but an intractable social divide has dimmed the sparkle of the nation's "rainbow miracle".

De Klerk not a hero - Malema

2010-02-11 14:44

ANC Youth League leader says racism, unemployment and the housing shortage are all the legacy of former state president FW de Klerk, who is neither a hero nor an icon.

Stalwarts retrace steps to freedom

2010-02-11 14:44

Arm in arm, ANC stalwarts have marked the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from jail by retracing his first steps to freedom.

How I lost Madiba – Manuel

2010-02-11 13:51

While SA remembers the historical importance of Nelson Mandela’s release, Trevor Manuel, one of the one of the organisers behind the event 20 years ago, remembers how he "lost" the anti-apartheid icon.

Mandela should be proud - Vavi

2010-02-11 11:54

Nelson Mandela could be proud of what South Africa has become two decades after his release from jail, says Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Baby Mandela sparks bond

2010-02-11 11:57

An act of kindness started a friendship between a guard and the man who would leave his jail cell to eventually become South Africa's first black president.

Vlok watched from lucerne field

2010-02-11 09:48

When Nelson Mandela was released, police stayed under the radar as much as possible, with then police minister Adriaan Vlok watching proceedings from a helicopter in a nearby lucerne field.

Mandela's jail a heritage site

2010-02-10 15:57

The Drakenstein Correctional Centre, formerly the Victor Verster Prison, from which ex-president Nelson Mandela walked free after being jailed for 27 years has been declared a heritage site.

Cashing in on Mandela

2010-02-10 12:47

Oscar winner Charlize Theron, Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso and 2010 World Cup fraudsters have learned the knuckling-rapping lesson: the Nelson Mandela brand is not for sale.

Mandela - SA's icon

2010-02-09 12:56

Nelson Mandela walked out of an apartheid prison 20 years ago on Thursday, beginning South Africa's march to democracy and reconciliation.

SA celebrates Mandela amid worry

2010-02-08 15:08

SA is celebrating the anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release as the country worries about its future with unemployment at about 30% and staggering levels of crime.

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