Philma Manuel - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Welcome to the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project. Our aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment.
My husband died when Trevor was 13 and as a single parent, the years of Trevor’s activism prior to 1994 were particularly stressful for me. He was always either on the run from the Security Police or in detention. I would never in my wildest dreams have imagined that the years of anguish would culminate in him being elected as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of National Unity.
I had never been to Parliament prior to 1997. As the mother of the Minister of Finance I was able to share in his joy when he delivered the Budget Speech every year. He always proudly made the nation aware of my presence in the gallery.
This picture was taken on the day Trevor presented his first Budget Speech in 1997. To be photographed with a world icon like Madiba, Trevor’s wife and sons on the steps of Parliament was a very proud, yet emotional moment for me. The fact that Madiba just instinctively put his arms around the boys and allowed Lynne to clasp his arm just showed what a warm and loving man he is. The photograph is proudly displayed in my home and will no doubt become a family heirloom.
Quote: "This picture was taken on the day Trevor presented his first Budget Speech in 1997."
Collection: Moments with a Legend