Nelson Mandela

Conversations with Pik Botha: Apartheid, PW and Mandela

Pik Botha was a product of apartheid and as Minister of State played a leading role in administering policy. As a retiree he was a fascinating witness to the country's most crucial moments, writes Pieter du Toit.


Graça Machel urges world: put egos aside and end violence

2018-09-25 10:01

Nelson Mandela's widow has challenged world leaders celebrating his life to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honour his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world.

WATCH: Ramaphosa unveils Nelson Mandela statue at UN headquarters

2018-09-24 17:24

President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a life-sized statue of late president Nelson Mandela at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on Monday.

Ramaphosa to unveil Mandela statue at UN HQ on Heritage Day

2018-09-24 09:40

While South Africans celebrate Heritage Day on home soil, President Cyril Ramaphosa will extend the country's historic legacy by unveiling a statue of late president Nelson Mandela at the UN headquarters in New York.


inside Nelson Mandela

Mandela's African nationalism was far more inclusive than populism of today's ANC

2018-08-31 12:20

Mandela’s African nationalism was far more embracing, inclusive and non-racial in outlook than the narrow Africanism, populism and tribalism espoused by many leaders in the ANC today, writes William Gumede.

Why the crooks will fail to get rid of Ramaphosa

2018-07-25 08:18

Politicians have a responsibility to help nations create and define their collective identity. Why is this important? Because collective identity holds enormous power, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Bronze Mandela erected on balcony at Cape Town's City Hall

2018-07-24 16:22

A life-size bronze statue of a waving Nelson Mandela has been erected where the former statesman gave his first address as a free man in Cape Town on February 11, 1990.

‘Greed drives the Mandela family’

2018-07-22 22:48

Asenior abaThembu traditional leader has accused the Mandela family of being driven by selfish personal interests and greed to cash in on Madiba’s name, rather than serving people in the same way the global icon did.

‘Greed drives the family’

2018-07-22 10:02

Asenior abaThembu traditional leader has accused the Mandela family of being driven by selfish personal interests and greed to cash in on Madiba’s name, rather than serving people in the same way the global icon did.

My Time with Mandela

2018-07-18 20:00

The chef who cooked for Nelson Mandela shares anecdotes in his new book about his stint at the presidential guesthouse.

Local chef recounts the day he cooked for Nelson Mandela

2018-07-18 17:40

The chef who cooked for Nelson Mandela shares anecdotes in his new book about his stint at the presidential guesthouse.

Who gets to mess with Mandela?

2018-07-18 16:05

For years Nelson Mandela has been safe and solid ground. South Africans across the racial and religious divide loved him and looked up to him. But his legacy is no longer a holy cow, writes Howard Feldman.

Nurture new Nelson Mandelas - a challenge for universities

2018-07-18 10:24

In this year of the centenary celebrations of Madiba and of SU, universities are challenged to provide the country, continent and the world with graduates who espouse Mandela’s logic, ethos and pathos, writes Nico Koopman.

Obama's masterclass in democracy to SA

2018-07-17 19:52

As the country grapples with economic transformation, land reform, racial inequality and rampant corruption, Barack Obama's message to South Africa was well timed, writes Adriaan Basson.

10 quotes from Obama's Mandela lecture

2018-07-17 17:20

Former US president Barack Obama painted a grim picture of global events during his Nelson Mandela lecture, but said he believes in 'Mandela's vision', and that there is hope.

Obama and active citizenship: Why his Mandela address matters

2018-07-17 10:26

The 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture therefore marks the first time many people will get the opportunity to witness Obama speaking, sans any current political position or known political aspirations, writes Aaron X Smith.

Obama - an antithesis of Mandela's values

2018-07-16 09:59

As South Africans, we are ashamed that the war mongering human rights abuser Barack Obama has been called upon to honour Nelson Mandela, write Aayesha Soni and Ebrahim Fakir.

Mayor de Lille joins bikers in CT to raise money for young female learners

2018-07-14 12:10

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has joined the Bikers for Mandela Rally which embarked on a charity ride to raise money to provide young female learners with sanitary products.

Mandela letters: New collection shows prison writing highlighting pain of family separation

2018-07-12 15:26

Letters written by Nelson Mandela to his family and about his faith in his anti-apartheid struggle during his 27 years as a political prisoner are being put on display.

CEO SleepOut trustees apologise for Mandela's Robben Island cell auction poster

2018-07-06 05:10

The trustees of the CEO SleepOut have apologised "if they offended anyone" after a poster was circulated on social media, stating that former president Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island would be auctioned for the event.

'Get rich, get rich, get rich!' - the sickness killing South Africa

2018-07-05 08:36

Many in our society, having absorbed the value system of the capitalist market, believe that personal success means personal enrichment at all costs, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Here they are – 100 young Mandelas

2018-07-04 08:51

We were blown away by the entries we received to be part of our 100 young Mandelas series, writes Adriaan Basson.

Eastern Cape fraud surrounding Mandela's funeral to be probed after Ramaphosa signs SIU proclamations

2018-05-25 20:01

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced several proclamations for the Special Investigation Unit to investigate a wide variety of irregularities at several levels of government, including the alleged corruption surrounding former president Nelson Mandela's funeral in the Eastern Cape.

The British Council's Mandela exhibition: history or corporate whitewash?

2018-09-19 08:49

The "Mandela and Me" exhibition at the British Council in London sponsored by Anglo American, completely ignores the company's role as a principal beneficiary of British colonial rule and the apartheid regime, writes Andy Higginbottom.

Invoking the Madiba in us

2018-08-19 09:36

One of the greatest gifts Nelson Mandela left the world is mastery of self, writes Oyama Mabandla.

A tale of two Chinas: The story of SA's switch from Taipei to Beijing

2018-07-24 18:00

It took Mandela 30 months to announce SA's change in support from Taipei to Beijing. Internal pressure from the ANC as well as external pressure from China influenced his choice, writes Christopher Wiliams.

On the road back to Mandela's progressive values

2018-07-24 08:21

South Africa has regressed into an erosion of democracy, cheap populist politics, a culture of entitlement, ethnic nationalism, polarisation and intolerance. We need to find our way back, writes Max du Preez.

Finding Madiba in each of us

2018-07-20 13:43

This is a speech Professor Njabulo S Ndebele, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, delivered at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture.

'I did not have a magic wand' - Mandela in '93

2018-07-18 16:02

As the world celebrates the Mandela centenary and arguments are raised about his legacy, it seems appropriate to look to his first published views about himself, the negotiations process and the role of the ANC.

Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times' in Mandela tribute

2018-07-17 21:30

Former US president Barack Obama on Tuesday used a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn that the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times", in what is likely to be seen as a veiled attack on Donald Trump.

AS IT HAPPENED: 'I believe in Mandela's vision' - Barack Obama at #NelsonMandelaLecture

2018-07-17 17:00

Former US president Barack Obama intermittently painted a grim picture of global events during his address at the annual Nelson Mandela lecture, but has tempered it, saying he still believes in 'Mandela's vision'.

Barack Obama: an enduring legacy for advocates of democracy in Africa?

2018-07-16 18:54

Obama no longer holds office but his voice is bound to resonate, especially when his leadership traits are compared with the reckless, bigoted and uniformed actions of his successor, writes John Stremlau.

Why the heroes and villains dichotomy?

2018-07-15 10:15

We must celebrate all our heroes instead of worshipping one at the expense of the other because this leads to dangerous ‘sellout’ narratives, writes Oyama Mabandla.

Obama 'proud' to visit Africa again

2018-07-13 21:01

As former US president Barack Obama prepares to return to South Africa, ahead of next week’s annual Nelson Mandela lecture, he has paid homage to some of Africa’s best writers.

Masters of our own destiny

2018-07-08 00:00

South Africa was privileged to have been blessed with a leader of the brilliance of Nelson Mandela, writes Mathews Phosa.

How the youth keeps Mandela's legacy alive

2018-07-05 09:24

In demanding a critical reappraisal of our transition, young people, of course, are correct. It is right to question leaders; it is vital to be critical of policy, writes Alan Hirsch.

Nelson Mandela's cell not up for auction at CEO SleepOut - Robben Island

2018-07-04 20:13

Robben Island management has slammed reports that former president Nelson Mandela's cell is expected to be auctioned at this year's CEO SleepOut, which is to be held at the prison.

Mandela and the curse of presentism

2018-06-10 19:14

We cannot judge him for what we have the luxury of knowing now, but that could not have been predicted with any certainty then, writes Lwando Xaso.

US-North Korea Summit: Lessons from South Africa

2018-06-08 09:10

On June 12 North Korea's Kim Jong-un will meet US President Donald Trump at the NK – US Summit. The two can take important lessons from Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk's negotiations, writes Robert J. Traydon.

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