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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.
My Acre of Africa is a unique initiative to raise funds for the preservation of southern Africa's wildlife - and for a remarkable environmental education facility to be built in the Kruger Park, one of the world's greatest wildlife reserves.