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.

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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

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

Mandela Day container library on display at V&A; Waterfront Clock Tower square

The container library on display in the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower square

The 28th Mandela Day container library was the centre of attention at the launch of Mandela Month 2013, which took place at 1pm on 1 July 2013 at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower square.

The container library, which is destined for delivery to Alpine Primary School in Mitchells Plain later in July, stood prominently in the square, with the clocktower looming in the background, while members of the media and the general public looked on curiously.

As a crowd gathered around the container library, Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshlyground, sang her a cappellatribute to Nelson Mandela. She referred to him as the great, gentle giant, responsible for inspiring harmony and change in South Africa and the rest of the world.

She said that Mr Mandela makes us re-evaluate who we are, what we represent and how we can change our circumstances.

Mahola then challenged everyone to consider what they will be doing on Mandela Day to acknowledge and honour Madiba’s contribution towards peace and reconciliation.

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It’s in your hands – Nelson Mandela International Day 2013 launch

Popular TV personality Bonang Matheba was one of the local celebrities who spoke at the launch event

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 saw the launch of the fourth Nelson Mandela International Day at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Unanimously adopted in 2009 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly as Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday is an annual call to action to people everywhere to contribute to the global movement for good by effecting change within their community.

“Today represents the beginning of the 2013 march towards 18 July,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as he welcomed members of the Mandela family, representatives of the UN, representatives of local government, foreign diplomats, partner organisations, celebrities and members of the media.

Achmat Dangor, the outgoing CEO of the Centre, remembered the genesis of Mandela Day.

“It happened in 2008, at the Hyde Park concert in London that celebrated Madiba’s 90th birthday,” he said.

“Madiba, as was his way, would read the speech written for him and then set it aside. Addressing 50 000 people gathered at the park and a television audience of millions, Madiba started changing the words of his speech. Instead of saying ‘doing good for people’, he changed it to ‘people doing good’. He changed the slogan ‘its in our hands’, saying to the world ‘it’s in your hands’.”

When asked later whether he had made a mistake, Mr Mandela reiterated that he was giving the world a message. It was time for the next generation to take responsibility.

Today, the Mandela Day campaign is a global movement for good in Nelson Mandela’s name.

Click here to continue reading about the launch of Nelson Mandela International Day.

Click here to view a gallery of images of the event.