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Himan Bernadt Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/13
  • Series
  • 1966 to 1990
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.

Bernadt, Himan

Sahm Venter Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/14
  • Series
  • 1984 to 2000
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.

Venter, Sahm

Peter Magubane Collection I

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/23
  • Series
  • 2009-07-20
Photographic slide shows produced by Peter Magubane, covering the 1970s - ca. 2000:
A. Madiba: apartheid and resistance; with Nelson Mandela since his release with Winnie, Graca, the Sisulus, Oliver Tambo, inauguration, Tutu, rallies
B. June 16th: Soweto uprising; with Brenda Fassie’s song Memesa
C. 8115 Orlando West: mainly in and around the house; Winnie and the children

Magubane, Peter

Mozambican order of arrest

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/11
  • Series
  • 1961-10-27
Copies of documents of the Governor of Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, and one photo of Mandela, stuck on black cardboard.
In Portuguese. English translation available.

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Judge Thumba Pillay Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/9
  • Series
  • 1959-01-01 - 1979-12-31
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.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

ANC Gifts Collection photos

  • ZA COM NMAP 2011/16
  • Series
  • Unknown
5 photo prints received from the ANC from their Gifts Collection, given to Madiba as a birthday present in 2006.
The photographers are unknown.

African National Congress (ANC)

Mandela's visit to Gabon in 1991

  • ZA COM NMAP 2011/42
  • Series
  • 1991-02-16
Series of photos of Mandela’s visit to Gabon and the Omar Bongo University.

Unknown

Jack Swart Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2012/32
  • Series
  • 1988 to 2012
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.

Swart, Jack

Jacques Moreillon Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2012/57
  • Series
  • ca. 2004-2009
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.

Moreillon, Jacques

George Hallett Collection – Mandela Photos

  • ZA COM NMAP 2013/21
  • Series
  • 1994 - 2000
Three prints by and from George Hallett:
(a) Mandela on the Election Trail, Athlone Stadium, April 1994
(b) Madiba at his Houghton Residence, April 1994
(c) Nelson Mandela, Cape Town 2000.

Hallett, George

Madiba at Home - Mvezo

Video recording of Nelson Mandela celebrating his 87th birthday in Mvezo, his birthplace. He is met by the chief of Mvezo and some community members. The children are asked what standard they are in school, some community members inform him about their participation in the struggle for liberation. Community members and the children sing happy birthday for him and he leaves.

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

Robben Island photo series

The series consists of 162 black and white digital photos of the buildings and the landscape of Robben Island, as well as portraits of Christo Brand.

Willman, Matthew

(International) Mandela Day Activities 2013

5 folders, several with sub-folders with digital photos of (International) Mandela Day activities and events; also covering the Mandela Day social dialogue on mental health stigma. One folder contains 24 sub-folders (mainly low resolution files) and the other 4 folders together have 556 photos.

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Unveiling of the Nelson Mandela Statue at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg

281 Digital photos of the Unveiling of the statue at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg, with, among others, MC Basetsana Kumalo, Ndileka Mandela, Zindzi Mandela, Amina Cachlia, John Samuel, Miss Teen SA 2003, a school choir, Mac Maharaj, Ahmed Kathrada, Gary Vipond (manger of the Square), and granddaughter Dorothy Mandela.

Unknown

Legacy Dialogue relationship Nelson Mandela - Fidel Castro

17 digital photos of the Legacy Dialogue about the relationship between Nelson Mandela and FIdel Castro, held at the Z.K.Matthews Great Hall at UNISA. With UNISA Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya, Cuban Ambassador Carlos Fernandes de Cossio, Barbara Masekela, Estela Bravo

University of South Africa (UNISA)

Worlds Aids Day: Nelson Mandela and Premier Winkie Direko, 2002.12.01, Bloemfontein: [Set of 60 Still Images]

Nelson Mandela attending the World Aids Day event with Premier Winkie Direko at Bloemfontein (South Africa). The images show: the building wrapped in aids ribbons, Opening ceremony, Mandela lighting candle, Mandela holding speech – huge ribbons as background and ‘good leaders lead’ banner, and Mandela greeting children.

Gool, Benny

Unequal Stories Collection

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.

Miller, Johnny

Youth Dialogue with Tshwane School of Music and Mafikizolo, 2015.03.12, Tshwane: [Set of 76 Still Images]

Youth dialogue focusing on the issues of violence and substance abuse. It included the popular South African group Mafikizolo, Sello Hatang (CEO NMF), Hayden Wright, Jijbez Vosloo, Naidoo, Sade Maokwena, Justine Arendse, Born Free (Band), Freddy Arendse (Founder School of Music) and the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi.

van der Stoep, Yolanda

Mandela delivers his Bafana Bafana and Springbok cakes to Banakekeleni Haven, 2008.08.04, Johannesburg: [Set of 222 Still Images]

Photos of Nelson Mandela arriving at the Banakekeleni Haven (hospice) in Kew, Johannesburg with the birthday cakes he received from Bafana Bafana and from the Springboks. Nelson Mandela is surrounded by children, cutting the cake, children clapping, congratulating and greeting him. Photos of the cakes and of children eating the cake are taken. Zelda la Grange is accompanying him.

Ngwenya, Juda

Caring Schools Dialogue: Clarens and Qwa Qwa, 2007.11.26, Free State: [Set of 228 Images]

Dialogue by the ''Save the Children UK Foundation'' with representatives of government, civil society, schools and communities gathered in the small town of Clarens, the Free State, discussing how schools could care for children made vulnerable by poverty, HIV/AIDS and other causes. Schools visited during the dialogue were in Qwa Qwa.

Hogg, John

Third Malibongwe Dialogue with struggle stalwarts, 2009.08, Johannesburg: [Set of 192 Images]

Third Malibongwe dialogue with struggle stalwarts at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. The Malibongwe Dialogue, with and about stalwarts of the struggle for freedom, and the role that women played during those difficult, and often truly dark, years, achieved a remarkable level of candour, unmindful of organisational or ideological loyalties.

Lerole, Tumelo

International Mandela Dialogues, 2013-2014: [Set of 192 Images ]

Series of three dialogues in partnership between GIZ and NMF. The first was held in South Africa in November 2013, the second in Cambodia in 5-8 March 2014, and the third in July 2014 in Berlin. 26 participants from 10 countries where invited to explore the role of memory and of archives in post-conflict and post-oppression scenarios.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Kholvad House ,1953, Johannesburg: [Set of 4 still images]

Photographs were taken on the rooftop of flat number 13 Kholvad House, 27 Market Street, Johannesburg. The group photo is with from L to R: Yusuf Cachalia (SAIC), DU Mistry (SAIC), Dan Tloome (SACTU/ANC), Goolam Pahad (SAIC), OR Tambo (ANC), David Bopape (Transvaal ANC), Molvi Cachalia (SAIC).

Shore, Herbert

Ilan Ossendryver Collection: [Set of 254 Still Images]

Three (3) sub-series of photographs by Ilan Ossendryver.
1. Photos of Nelson Mandela and family took after the press conference in Soweto, probably on 13 or 14 February 1990, just after his release. Photos are taken in the front of his house with nurses greeting him, schoolgirls at the fence. Portraits and full photos of Mandela standing with a raised fist. Close-ups of Mandela with Zindzi Mandela and baby and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Murphy Morobe and Zwelakwe Sisulu are also in the photos.

2. Photos of Nelson Mandela casting his vote at the at the voting station in Houghton, Johannesburg. Zindziswa Mandela is in the photos.

3. Photos of Nelson Mandela attending Arbor day in Soweto holding a spade and planting a tree. Machel, Graça both seated greeting children dressed in green Arbor week T-shirts and yellow hats. Ahmed Kathrada is also in the photos.

Ossendryver, Ilan

The Black Stars visit Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and family members in Soweto and also Nelson Mandela in Houghton, 2010.07.03, Soweto: [Set of 612 Still Images]

The Black Stars, the national football team of Ghana, visit Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her Soweto home and procceed to visit Nelson Mandela at his Houghton home after they lost in the 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament.

Yazbek, Debbie

Afrapix Collective, 1980s, South Africa: [Set of 23 Images]

Afrapix was a documentary photographers' collective established by a small group of black and white photographers and political activists in 1982. It played a seminal role in the development of a socially informed school of documentary photography in apartheid South Africa. The group produced some of the most compelling photographic statements on apartheid and the popular uprising in the 1980s.Some nine photographers are represented in this small collection.

Cobbins, Julian

Mandela re-unites with The Elders, 2010.05.29, Johannesburg: [Set of Four Still Images]

Photos of Nelson Mandela re-uniting with The Elders at a private lunch in Johannesburg. The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu. Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi are honorary Elders.

Gool, Benny

Zindzi Mandela reading her father's speech in Jabulani Stadium, 1985.02.10, Soweto: [Still image]

Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela reads out his father's rejection letter, the 'My father says' speech, to a mass gathering in Jabulani Stadium, Soweto. This was when the then State President PW Botha offered Nelson Mandela his freedom on condition that he 'unconditionally rejected violence as a political weapon'.

Zwi, Morris

Macmillan launch of the children’s version of Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, 2009.09.09, Johannesburg: [Set of 76 Still Images ]

To mark International Literacy Week, Macmillan in association with the READ Trust and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched a children’s version of Mr Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
South African author Chris van Wyk was at the launch, held at the READ Educational Trust in Johannesburg. “I’ve been looking forward to this day – I was very honoured when asked to write this book,” said Van Wyk.

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