Mandela Day

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 7:00

Following the success of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Mr Mandela’s birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organisations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did.


Press launch

Tuesday, 27 March 2012 at 11:00

You are invited to cover the launch of an exciting collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Google Cultural Institute. This initiative will provide the world with unprecedented access to thousands of documents about the life and times of Nelson Mandela.


Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, 107 Central Street, Houghton

(By invitation only)


World AIDS Day 2012

Saturday, 1 December 2012 – All Day

The fight against HIV/AIDS is one that is close to our hearts. On December 1 we mark World AIDS Day, which is an opportunity for the world to unite in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

The fight against Aids requires strong, collaborative and ongoing efforts. “We have to act, we have act decisively and above all, we must work together,” said Mr Mandela in his World Aids Day message in 2006.

“Aids is an exceptional disease and requires an equally exceptional response. It requires ongoing leadership at international, national and indeed, at community level.”