Movies about Nelson Mandela. Invictus

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This is Nelson Mandela life story. Invictus evokes emotions and the greatest remembered times of the South African President Nelson Mandela who within his times created the best and most remembered leadership of all times. The Movie Invictus involves actor Morgan Freeman, clearly shows the role Nelson Mandela played during and after the apartheid rule. He was a man who rose to leadership of his country twenty four years later after being imprisoned by the minority Whites. Despite this he forgave them for jailing him and through that he created what was the real truth and Reconciliation path that gave the real meaning off someone who had a lot to forgive and went ahead to forgive.

According to the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness, there lies nine ways in which national cultures are measured. Assertiveness, individualism, human orientation were some of great leadership traits Nelson Mandela portrays in the movie Invictus. Nelson Mandela acted with assertiveness and portrayed the self-denial by stepping aside only after ruling for one term. He portrayed human orientation by also agreeing to forgive the whites who had made him suffer, by throwing him in prison for over two decades. Freeman acting as the president realizes how the country is torn between racial discriminations, high levels of unemployment and poor political management by the blacks only a year after assuming power. He portrays confidence, commitment to national values, closer ties with however he mingled with all portrayed his leadership skills. He treats all sorts of people with decorum and respect, as portrayed when he meets the Springboks captain, Piennar. He ascertains power with authority by constantly reminding his staff that issues can be handled differently. He does more by encouraging Team work which he does by inspiring cheering of the springboks by all the races whether white or black.

An effective change management is one that ensures that change occurs thoroughly and following the right procedures. This change thus leads to everlasting benefits that affect the current and future results. A change management focus is one that impacts positively on the lives of people, not only as individuals, but also as teams, thus enabling them to move from the current state to a better state. Morgan freeman, portrays Nelson Mandela as a strong manager who tried to bring his people together for a common good. He brings together members of the dividend nation together by ensuring South Africa obtains the Rugby hosting of the World cup. Through this the nation is brought together using sport. He goes on to attend the South African games as a way of encouraging the players. Mandela surely portrays how important it is to agree to national decisions, after the local sporting organization changes the name of the team to suit a black nation. He goes against the idea but losses on the vote, but uses this as an encouraging way and takes the loss as a small win.

Mandela uses communication to achieve great results, through regularly meeting the organizers of the team he constantly keeps in tab to know the team’s progress from them. Further before the games he summons the Springbok captain and tells him to believe they can win despite all the indications they could lose. He also memorizes the names of all the springbok team players so that he can be summoning them individually in his office as a way of encouraging them. More so, he goes well with the staff who call him Mandiba in line with his clan. He also knows them by name.

How Did Nelson Mandela Shape the Course of South African History?

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo in the Eastern part of South Africa on the 18th of July 1918. He was the son of a prominent Thembu chief, Henry Mandela and mother Noqaphi Nosekeni.

Rolihlahla was the name given to him by his father, a Xhosa name, when roughly translated means “Trouble-maker”. The name Nelson was given to him by a white missionary , who was his teacher whilst he attended elementary school.

Mandela was the first of his family and one of very few black youths to matriculate from high school. After his matriculation, he went to the University of Fort-Hare in the Eastern Cape town Alice, the only university at the time which allowed black citizens (Black, Coloured and Indian) access to tertiary education. He did not attain his tertiary qualification at Fort Hare. Due to a dispute with the institution’s governing body based on the way student representatives are elected, Mandela left the university and decided to head to Johannesburg. He enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) for a BA degree in Law.

Mandela started his journey with the ANC (African National Congress) in 1944, where he joined a group of young, black intellectuals , and founded the ANCYL (African National Congress Youth League). married his first wife, Evelyn Mase on the 15th of July 1944. Evelyn was the cousin of his very close friend and fellow Apartheid activist veteran, Walter Sisulu.

In 1948, The Nationalist Party was elected as the ruling political government of South Africa, and as the ruling party, the NP laid down the foundations for the implementation of racial segregation known as “ Apartheid”, which literally translates into “Apartness”.

The ANC was extremely active in resisting the new laws of the Apartheid government, and mostly showed their defiance with non-violent protests. Nelson Mandel climbed the ranks of the ANC, and by 1952 was the national deputy president of the Party.

The ANC leaders came to notice how ineffective these non-violent protests were becoming. Every time the party organised mass demonstrations of peaceful resistance, the government and police forces would react with an unprecedented amount of violence and force. It was due to this that the ANCYL formed their armed military wing, “Umkhonto we Sizwe”, translating to “Spear of the Nation” in 1961.

Nelson Mandela became a fugitive and went into hiding from the South African Government. He was eventually captured by police during a raid of the Farm “Liliesleaf” where he was in hiding. The police also managed to capture senior ANC members, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg to name a few.

He went on trial in undoubtedly the biggest trial in the history of South Africa, known as the “Rivonia Trial”. Him and his ANC counterparts were all being charged with; conspiracy to overturn the government by revolution, assisting the invasion of South Africa with foreign troops and sabotage. Mandela and his co-accused were all under the impression that they all would be executed. When sentencing was handed over on the 12th of June 1964, all accused were sentenced to life imprisonment at Robben Island prison.

On the 31st of March 1982, Mandela and a few other political prisoners where transferred to Pollsmoor Prison. After getting treated for Tuberculosis in 1988 for 12 weeks, he was then transferred to a private residential house on the Victor Vester Prison premises.

In 1990, the newly elected president F.W De Klerk released Nelson Mandela from jail after 27 years of imprisonment. He also unbanned all political parties that were banned previously, PAC (African Congress) and ARM (African Resistance Movement) to name a few.

During the years of 1990-1993, Mandela as president of the ANC lead numerous negotiations on behalf of the oppressed, black population of South Africa for equal and fair rights and opportunities for all South African Citizens.

He did extensive travelling around the world, appealing to many western, developed countries to lift the sanctions they had imposed on South Africa due to the Apartheid regime.

In 1993 a date was set for the first democratic elections in South Africa, which were to take place on the 27th-29th of April 1994. In May 1994, it was announced that the ANC had one the national elections with a 62% majority, and on the 9th of May 1994, Nelson Mandela was announced the president of the Republic of South Africa.

When it comes to individuals who have had such a monumental influence on the shaping of history, are these people simply pre-determined by destiny; or is it a case of someone who just happens to find themselves in a certain set of circumstances that happen to change the course of history coincidentally.

The theory that seems to make the most logical rationale is; an individual can impact history by how they react to the specific circumstances they are faced with.

Apartheid was the circumstance, yet if anyone, other than Nelson Mandela was the instrumental figure of the eradication of the Apartheid regime, the outcome would have been very different.

Nelson Mandela changed the course of history by playing a vital role in the abolishment of racial segregation in South Africa. He changed the course of history by the decisions he made, when faced with the difficult and unjust circumstances of the oppressive regime.

He was committed to the vision of the ANC and his own for a country where each citizen is entitled to fair and equal treatment, and all are entitled to have an equal share in the benefits and resources of the country. This commitment is clearly evident in the speech he delivered in court, during the famous Rivonia Trial on the 20th of April 1964.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

His endurance and his unwavering spirit is what brought about the best possible outcome for the oppressed people of South Africa. There were any a time where to negotiate a political, social and economic freedom for all those who were oppressed Apartheid government.

SA stars attend opening of Mandela Day library in Bergville


										On 10 April 2013, Sibusiso Vilane, the first African to reach the summit of Everest, and Hlubi Moya of Isidingo kicked off the opening of the 25th Mandela Day container library at Opperman’s Kraal Primary School in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.

The container library – the first of several to be funded by Participate for Good – was well received by the young learners, despite the cold and wet weather.

Participate for Good is a sports programme run by Robert Coutts that focuses on getting people involved in various activities, which in turn raise funds for the 46664 Bangle Mandela Day library project.

In this case it was the Old Mutual joBerg2c race – a nine-day 900km cycle from Johannesburg to Durban – that sponsored the contents of the Opperman’s Kraal Primary School container library.

Click here to read the rest of this article on the Mandela Day website.

The 50th anniversary of the Rivonia Trial

Rivonia trialists from left: Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Nelson Mandela and Denis Goldberg

The approaching 50th anniversary of the Rivonia Trial, which saw Nelson Mandela and seven others sentenced to life imprisonment, will attract much media attention.

To assist the media in their reporting we have compiled two timelines, both accessible online:

  • Nelson Mandela prison timeline
  • Nelson Mandela trials and prison chronology

These timelines address several common myths related to the Rivonia Trial:

  • That Nelson Mandela was arrested in the Rivonia Raid in 1963. In fact, he was arrested on 5 August 1962
  • That Nelson Mandela was incarcerated on Robben Island when the Rivonia Raid happened on 11 July 1963. In fact, he was serving his sentence in the Pretoria Local Prison at the time – having been on Robben Island earlier for two weeks, from 27 May 1963 to 12 June 1963
  • That Nelson Mandela and the seven others convicted with him were sent to Robben Island. In fact, Denis Goldberg, the only white person convicted in the Rivonia Trial, was sent to Pretoria since white prisoners were not allowed on Robben Island
  • That the Rivonia Trial started in November 1963. In fact, the accused first appeared in court on 9 October 1963. After a range of legal delays and actions, they pleaded to the charges on 3 December 1963
  • That the Rivonia Trial was a “treason trial”. In fact, the Rivonia accused were charged and convicted of sabotage, not treason

The timelines contain many other useful facts which may assist media in their reporting.

For more information about the life and times of Nelson Mandela, please consult our website.

Invitation to cover the announcement of a unique music initiative in honour of Mandela Day

Joe Thomas

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, together with R&B legend Joe Thomas and Yamaha South Africa, invite you to cover the announcement of a unique music initiative in honour of Mandela Day.

The aim of this initiative is to drive education through music, with the coming together of an internationally-renowned musician and the local music (services) industry to inspire change.

This is a key partnership to show the reach of Madiba’s legacy, and the difference that can be made in people coming together to drive change through youth.

Venue: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, 107 Central Street, Houghton
Date: 10 July 2013
Time: 14h00

Former President Mandela responding to treatment: issued by the Presidency

President Jacob Zuma visited former President Nelson Mandela this evening, 10 July 2013, and found him still critical but stable, and was informed by doctors that he was responding to treatment.

“We are encouraged that Madiba is responding to treatment and urge the public to continue providing support and showering him with love which gives him and the family strength,” said President Zuma.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203.

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

Update on former President Mandela: issued by the Presidency

Former President Nelson Mandela is still in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Pretoria, where he has been receiving treatment since 8 June 2013.

President Zuma thanks the public for ongoing support and prayers.

“We thank the public for the dignified gatherings outside the hospital. Many groupings and individuals have gathered in dignity, respecting the privacy of Madiba, other patients, their families or the hospital personnel. The prayer services around the country are also appreciated. We thank the international community as well for ongoing messages of support to Madiba and his family,” said President Zuma.

Enquiries:  Mac Maharaj 079 879 3203

Issued by: The Presidency

Join a global movement for good

What counts in life is not the mere fact we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

18 July 2013 marks the 95th birthday of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, and the fourth Nelson Mandela International Day.

The vision behind this key event is simple: that each individual has the ability and responsibility to impact change.

One message drives this vision: Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and human rights. The Mandela Day campaign asks that individuals, groups and corporates use just 67 minutes of their time on 18 July, and every day thereafter, to give back. No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mr Mandela has.

Some of the world’s greatest leaders and influencers have taken a moment to recognise that it takes just one individual to inspire change through action.

Click here to watch their tributes to Mandela Day.

Click here to register your Mandela Day activity.

Clarification on the health of former President Mandela: issued by the Presidency

The Presidency has noted media reports about the condition of former President Nelson Mandela and would like to make a clarification.

Former President Mandela has been and remains under the care of a multi-disciplinary panel of South African medical experts drawn from the South Africa Military Health Services, the public sector, the universities and the private sector. Under this panel a team of doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals attend to Madiba on a 24-hour basis.

We confirm our earlier statement, released this afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital, that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable condition. The doctors deny that the former President is in a vegetative state.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj 079 879 3203

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria