Nelson Mandela bade farewell to Parliament 10 years to the day after he was sworn in as South Africa's first democratically elected president, urging South Africans to use their past as a guide in overcoming the challenges still facing the country. His wish, he said, was that South Africans "never give up on the belief in goodness".
Nelson Mandela has warned South Africans not to take the country's freedom for granted, saying the growth and sustained health of SA's democracy are the responsibilities "not only of leaders, but also of each and every citizen".
Johannesburg's Sandton Square has been renamed the Nelson Mandela Square, and celebrated its 10th anniversary - and 10 years of democracy in South Africa - by unveiling the world's first public statue of the man who led the country across the apartheid divide.
Five days after Nelson Mandela's 86th birthday, Johannesburg gave its most famous resident the Freedom of the City at a ceremony at the Orlando East community hall in Soweto - used by Mandela for political meetings and for boxing training half a century ago.
Mindset Network, a new R225-million multimedia satellite television network, was presented as an 85th birthday "gift" to Nelson Mandela. Mindset uses an integrated multimedia approach to tackle South Africa's key educational and healthcare challenges - issues that are closest to Mandela's heart.
Nelson Mandela turned 85 on 18 July 2003 - and you, and you, and you ... sent him 17 842 birthday messages via the official Mandela 85th Birthday website. View a selection of messages in the moving, amazing, 25-page Nelson Mandela 85th Birthday Message Book.