This series consists of two letters smuggled out of Robben Island in 1977. Mac Maharaj gave them to Judge Thumba Pillay of legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. The letters are written by Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada, both of them wishing to appoint the firm to act on their behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused contact with their attorneys, they had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation. The collection includes an envelope that Judge Pillay had posted addressed to his law firm. He did this in the event that the Security Police questioned him about how he received the letters, he would be able to prove that they were posted anonymously to him. A second donation of Judge Thumba Pillay contains correspondence and documents (mainly copies) pertaining to the case of Mandela vs Minister of Prisons.
Files of the legal firm Frank, Bernadt & Joffe concerning certain legal matters pertaining to its client, Mr. Nelson Mandela, between 1966 and 1990. These papers detail examples of his endeavours to secure rights for prisoners through challenging the legality of acts carried out by prison officers, his opposing of the state's attempt to have him struck off the role of attorneys, family-related matters, etc.
Mandela sewing clothes,talking to Walter Sisulu and prinoners in the courtyard. The visit to the Island was during 1964, after the London Daily Express was granted permission by the South African government.
Nelson Mandela's secret meeting with President P.W. Botha. From l to r: General Williamsen, Nelson Mandela, Neil Barnard, Pres. Botha and Kobie Coetsee. Only photograph of the meeting that took place on 5 July 1989. Other people in the photo are General Johan Willemse (Commissioner of Prisons), Niel Barnard (Head of National Intelligence), and Hendrik "Kobie" Coetsee (Minister of Justice).
This collection consists of photographs taken in Robben Island prison 1971 and 1977, and photographs of Islanders reunion at Victor Verster in 1989. Photographs taken during 1997 state-organised media visit to Robben Island are presumably taken from Nelson Mandela’s Department of Justice prison files.
The Tenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture and activities with Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, Climate Justice and former President of Ireland. The theme of the lecture was “Freedom, Truth, Democracy: Citizenship and Common Purpose”.
Four sub-series of photos taken during the 10 days of National Mourning after the passing of Nelson Mandela. The sub-series are taken in Cape Town, Houghton, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in Mthatha and in Qunu.
International Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work: ''Creating Safe Spaces Across Generations'', 2016 held in South Africa and Sri Lanka with participants from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Croatia, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka as well as United States of America.
11 photographs of the official visit to South Africa by President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore. They meet President Nelson Mandela and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town at the official residence, Tynhuys.
Arial photos taken in Cape Town areas, showing inequality in living conditions The photos are taken in Hout Bay/Imizamo Yethu, Manenberg/Phola Park, Strand/Nomzamo and Masiphumelele/Lake Michelle in the period 18 April - 10 May 2016.
Jack Swart was Mr Mandela's warder and chef from 7 Dec 1988 to 11 Feb 1990 at Victor Verster Prison. This collection includes notes by Mandela to Swart, correspondence, photographs, recipes and menus of the food Swart cooked for Mandela, and a manuscript of Swart's life story in Afrikaans. It includes a video clip of the drive from the Victor Verster House to the prison gates that Mandela would have taken on 11 Feb 1990 when he was released.
Nelson Mandela attending the Presidents Cup. The 2003 Presidents Cup ventured to George. Gary Player led the International Team for the first time that year in a contest against Jack Nicklaus' United States Team. The host venue, The Links at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, saw the first tie in Presidents Cup history, and the Republic of South Africa President Thabo Mbeki served as the Honorary Chairman.
Programme and photographs of a Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (NMCF) event in a school in Cape Town around HIV/AIDS. Speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.
The collection consists of a report of 3 visits by Dr Jacques Moreillon as ICRC Delegate General for Africa to Robben Island (1973, 1974 and 1975) and his meetings with Nelson Mandela during and after his incarceration. It also includes a manuscript, “Moments with Madiba”; a letter to Mandela dated 25 April 2005; and a brief resume of Moreillon, dated 2009. The report and manuscript cover the period 1963-2004, focusing on 1973 onwards.
Documents accumulated by Sahm Venter from ca. 1984-2002 as part of her work as a journalist as well as a dedicated political activist during the struggle for liberation in South Africa. The documents have been categorised and arranged by the following subjects or formats: Personal papers Organisations / Community based organisations Court cases, Petitions and Appeals Speeches and writings Universities Publications.