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Nelson Mandela (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela)

"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations."

PW Botha

Desmond Tutu


Nov 2006

"Too many lives were sacrificed in the liberation struggle across Africa for us not to ensure that we create transparent and accountable systems of government on all levels," Mandela said (voanews).

1 Nov 2006

Amnesty International bestows its most prestigious honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award 2006, on Nelson Mandela. "I have retired from public life now but as long as injustice and inequality exist in our world, none of us can fully rest", Nelson Mandela on accepting the award.

Nelson Mandela
1 Nov 2006

"While to many Mr. Botha will remain a symbol of apartheid, we also remember him for the steps he took to pave the way towards the eventual peacefully negotiated settlement in our country." (reuters)

Nelson Mandela
24 Oct 2006

"Just remember, you are speaking to someone who is more than 100 years old." Mandela reminding the team members of Banyana Banyana (South Africa's women's soccer team) to speak up when telling him their names (Business Day 2006-10-24).

Nelson Mandela
24 Oct 2006

"I wish the best team wins and I know you are the best team." Mandela wishing Banyana Banyana (South Africa's women's soccer team) well for their soccer match (Business Day 2006-10-24).

Nelson Mandela
19 Oct 2006

"It was with great pride that we learnt of South Africa taking up one of the non-permanent seats on the Security Council of the United Nations. We are confident that our country will add weight to the deliberations and actions of the Security Council and the entire United Nations. The reform of the United Nations and particularly the Security Council remains high on the international agenda. South Africa will undoubtedly add impetus to this agenda while it serves on the Security Council."

Jan 2003

"If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America...Because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil in the world. What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil...They do not care. Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man?" Nelson Mandela speaking at the International Woman's Day Forum (CNN).


Mandela is married to Graca Machel.

2 Mar 1996

Nelson Mandela becomes the first foreigner to adress Mali's parliament

16 Jun 1994

Formation of Nelson Mandela's Childrens' Fund.

10 May 1994 - Jun 1999

Mandela serves as South Africa's President.

9 May 1994

Nelson Mandela's inauguration speech.


Mandela shares the Nobel Peace Prize with F.W. de Klerk (the President who released him).


Mandela is elected president of the ANC.

11 Feb 1990

Nelson Mandela is released.

Dec 1988-1990

Mandela is moved to the Victor Verster Prison near Paarl.

April 1984-
Dec 1988

Was incarcerated at Pollsmoor Prison, in Cape Town.

12 June 1964-April 1984

Incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town.

20 April 1964

"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days...I hate the practice of race discrimination, and in my hatred, I am sustained by the fact that the overwhelming majority of mankind hate it equally."

20 April 1964

"I am no racialist and I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing whether it comes from a black man or a white man."

20 April 1964

Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial at the Pretoria Supreme Court.


When fellow leaders of the ANC were arrested, Mandela was brought to stand trial with them for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. Mandela's statement from the dock received international publicity. On the 12th June 1964 Mandela (as well as 7 other accused) were sentenced to life imprisonment.


Arrested and sentenced to 5 years' imprisonment with hard labour.


Umkhonto we Sizwe is formed, with Mandela as its commander-in-chief.


Mandela is married to Nomzamo Madikizela (who became known as Winnie Madikizela). They divorced in 1996.


Nelson Mandela divorces his first wife, Evelyn Mase.


Went on trial for treason and was acquitted in 1961.


Mandela is married to Evelyn Mase (until 1957).


Joined the African National Congress.


Qualified in law.

18 July 1918

Rolihlahla Mandela is born to a Thembu family in the village of Mvezo in the Mthatha district (deep in the black homeland of Transkei). Mandela's father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, was a member for the royal council of the Thembu people. Mandela's mother was Nosekeni Fanny. Rolihlahla means one who brings trouble to himself.

Things named after Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital

Eastern Cape (Umtata)

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela Foundation


Nelson Mandela Metro

Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela Museum

Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela Square

Sandton, Johannesburg

Nelson Mandela Theatre

Johannesburg Civic Theatre Complex


Wikipedia: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Foundation

Not a Nelson Mandela quote

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." This speech has widely been misattributed to Nelson Mandela. The actual author of the quotation is Marianne Williamson (from her 1992 book, "Return to Love").


19 October 2006

Mandela pleased with SA's UN seat


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