EXTRACT | Mandela, Mbeki and Beyond

2020-01-13 12:52

In the broader context, more encouragingly, we live in a demonstrably free society, a gradually deepening democracy in a world where freedoms are, paradoxically, under new attack from narrow nationalism, chauvinism and political hooliganism.

EXTRACT | Arthur Chaskalson: A Life Dedicated to Justice for All – 'Rivonia trial had profound impact on him'

2019-11-14 09:51

The Rivonia trial was the most important South African trial of the 1960s and probably of the last three decades of apartheid. That Bram Fischer had asked him to argue reflects the confidence that Bram and his other colleagues had in Arthur Chaskalson.

Zelda la Grange to Madiba: 'I can hear your voice loud and clear…'

2019-11-01 06:00

In a letter to former president Nelson Mandela, his former personal assistant Zelda le Grange tells him about her excitement for the Rugby World Cup final, when the most representative team from South Africa to ever play for the cup faces England. "Your words ring true. Sport has the power to unite people like no other event," she writes.

Queen Elizabeth and Madiba: The friendship we never knew about but totally wish we did

2019-09-03 09:38

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has called the late Nelson Mandela a "true leader", while Princess Diana met with the then-president to influence positive change in South Africa and throughout the world.

#MandelaDay: From release to retirement - the cars of Madiba's life

2019-07-18 13:47

While celebrating and participating in Madiba Day, we are reminded of many facets and sacrifices that chronicled the very full life of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela International Day: A decade of giving

2019-07-18 07:45

Mandela would have turned 101 on July 18.

WATCH: This video of Johnny Clegg and Nelson Mandela will give you goosebumps

2019-07-17 11:59

The two late South African icons danced together on stage while Johnny performed his song about Mandela titled Asimbonanga.

Reconciliation as we knew it is overworked

2019-06-21 06:00

Reconciliation as we knew it then (mid-nineties) is overworked. The challenge now remains – how do opposing groups dialogue and overcome the structural divides, writes Leon Wessels.

Nibbling at our big fat presidential inauguration

2019-05-26 09:25

Ramaphosa is the Mandela of our times, it has been suggested. Brace yourselves, folks. In the next few days and weeks you will be told and retold of his stellar struggle credentials, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.

The 20 million that got away: The mourning after the elections

2019-05-19 07:00

South African voter absenteeism must be understood first and foremost as strategic, informed and intended. Their absence is by no means a sign of apathy, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.


READ IN FULL: Mogoeng Mogoeng – Let us be as hopeful as Nelson Mandela was

2019-11-25 10:34

It really is a shame that 25 years down the line, we still have so many of our people suffering as much as they do, it is a shame that inequality has become sharper during our constitutional democracy than during apartheid, and check who is at the top?

Tutu: Mandela is smiling, as World Cup victory inspires nation

2019-11-03 19:59

South Africa's stunning victory at the Rugby World Cup has prompted a swathe of tributes across a country that has been knee-deep in unemployment and crime.

ANALYSIS: Rugby World Cup final sparks nostalgia for another Mandela moment

2019-10-31 13:00

Many South Africans, myself included, hold onto the hope that a win in the World Cup will translate into another defining moment for the country. I believe that it would generate the new, aspirational stories of youthful courage and resilience that the country urgently needs.

Young voters are deserting Nelson Mandela's ANC

2019-08-27 07:55

In the South African township where Nelson Mandela joined the struggle against apartheid, Lordwick Nxumalo is reduced to hustling for a living.

Nationalisation, privatisation, land: What Mandela told business in 1990 still resonates today

2019-07-18 13:16

Almost three decades ago, Nelson Mandela addressed a conference of 300 business executives on questions that South Africa still grapples with, including nationalisation, privitisation, a living wage land reform, inequality, public finances, unions and capital flight. For Mandela Day, an edited version is reproduced here.

Wilhelm Verwoerd: Reconciliation requires more than 'tea with Madiba'

2019-07-18 05:00

If white people profess to remember Mandela warmly, but do this only within our comfort zones, from behind our security walls, what does it say about our commitment to his vision of racial inclusivity, asks Wilhelm Verwoerd.

How Madiba's phone call helped turn around James Small's life

2019-07-11 12:25

A heart-warming story about how a phone call from Nelson Mandela helped rugby star James Small turn his life around has made headlines on social media.

Ramaphosa reaches across the aisle in nod to Nelson Mandela

2019-05-30 14:12

In a nod to his mentor, Nelson Mandela, President Cyril Ramaphosa reached across the aisle and appointed a minister from a party other than the ruling African National Congress.

Mandela vs Ramaphosa: Whose list is better?

2019-05-20 09:47

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday lead an ANC caucus to the first sitting of the National Assembly that seems to be vastly different in quality than the one Nelson Mandela presented to parliament 25 years ago.

Election memorabilia: here's what's up for grabs as market grows

2019-05-08 11:56

Many South Africans kept memorabilia from SA's first democratic election 25 years ago and an online market for these exists, says Gumtree.

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