18 years of freedom for Nelson Mandela

When Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Prison, South Africans across the country were euphoric to see this icon of the struggle free at last – and the country launched on the road to democracy.

Stars shine at 46664 Joburg

Stars shine at 46664 Joburg

Peter Gabriel teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir to sing his once-banned anthem "Biko", but the highlight of the 46664 concert in Johannesburg was undoubtedly Mandela himself.

Taking the Nelson Mandela Route

Tourists fascinated by South Africa's most beloved statesman, Nelson Mandela, can now "follow his footsteps" all the way from the Eastern Cape to Robben Island.

Mandela's message in a bottle

Mandela’s message in a bottle

Coca-cola, in partnership with the 46664 initiative, will randomly place one million empty coke bottles with encouraging messages from Nelson Mandela in them around the country in the run-up up to World Aids Day on 1 December, as part of their Message in a Bottle campaign.
London unveils Mandela statue

London unveils Mandela statue

Nelson Mandela, in London to attend the unveiling of a statue of himself in Parliament Square, told the assembled crowd that South Africa's history was "rich with the stories of heroes and heroines, some of them leaders, some of them followers. All of them deserve to be remembered."
Mandela launches The Elders

Mandela launches The Elders

Nelson Mandela marked his 89th birthday by announcing the formation of The Elders, a group of former heads of state, Nobel laureates, leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists who will use their collective skills and experience to tackle some of the world's toughest problems.
Soccer legends salute Mandela

Soccer legends salute Mandela

Around 35 000 spectators were treated to a high-scoring clash between an African XI and a World XI in Cape Town on Wednesday night in the "90 Minutes for Mandela" football match celebrating the 89th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Football legends meet Mandela

Football legends meet Mandela

Brazilian football legend Pele, Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Fifa vice-president Jack Warner delivered a special gift to Nelson Mandela on the eve of the "90 minutes for Mandela" football match taking place in Cape Town on Wednesday to celebrate the great man's 89th birthday.

University honours Mandela

South Africa's Fort Hare University has honoured Nelson Mandela and seven other leading lights of SA's liberation struggle - all alumni of the university - with specially handcrafted gold rings.
Are you related to Mandela?

Are you related to Mandela?

The Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand is inviting South Africans and international tourists to have their DNA tested to determine their ancestry - and have the results exhibited alongside those of Nelson Mandela.

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