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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

State Commemoration Freedom Park, 2014.12.05, Pretoria: [Set of 96 Images]

Freedom Park commemoration, tributes and international call to action. South African Government commemorative activities (led by the Presidency and supported by the Department of Social Development). Inter-faith prayer service and veterans wreath-laying at the Union Buildings, Tshwane.

van der Stoep, Yolanda

Blue Media, 2014.12.13, Tshwane: [Set of 743 Images]

The Nelson Mandela Remembrance Walk which traced Nelson Mandela's passage through Tshwane (Pretoria) to his last resting place. The Walk started at Freedom Park and moved through Kgosi Mampuru Correctional services to Church Square, all the way to Lillian Ngoyi Square, and ended at the Union Buildings.

Blue Media

Oryx Media

Ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in which Nelson Mandela and Gatsha Buthelezi are presented with the Alumni ring and blazer from the University of Fort Hare.

Oryx Media Production

Annual lecture, 2010.07.31, Johannesburg: [Set of 294 Images]

Professor Ariel Dorfman, a Chilean-American author, human rights activist and distinguished professor of Literature and Latin-American Studies presented the Eighth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 31 July 2010. The venue for the lecture was Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium. The theme of the lecture was: Memory, Justice and Reconciliation.

Lerole, Tumelo

The 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture and Dinner with Doctor Mo Ibrahim, 2013.08.17, Tshwane: [Set of 222 Images]

The 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with Doctor Mo Ibrahim. The event was held at the University of South Africa (UNISA) on the 17th of August 2013. The theme for the lecture was “Building social cohesion”: a call for all South Africans to work towards a united, cohesive, democratic and national society. Dr Ibrahim’s address focused on the need for social cohesion not only in South Africa, but also between the 54 nations that make up the African continent.

Blue Media

Flow, 2012.08.05, Cape Town: [Set of 173 Images]

Mary Robinson, keynote speaker at the Tenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture with Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, Graça Machel and Professor Jakes Gerwel, chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation arriving before the start of the lecture and photos of the social event after the lecture.

Flow Communications (Pty) Ltd

Baileys African History Archives (BAHA), 1950s-1990s, South Africa: [Set of 30 Still Images]

Photographs of King Kong musical, a South African Jazz-influenced musical that played an extraordinary role in enhancing collaboration between black and white South African in the international entertainment field, and as a direct challenge to apartheid. Photographs of Chief Albert Luthuli, Albertina Luthuli, Robert Sobukwe, Ahmed Kathrada,

Baileys African History Archives (BAHA)

Bahame Tom Nyanduga Collection, 1990, Tanzania: [Set of 20 photographic prints]

20 faded colour photoprints taken in 1990 in Tanzania on the occasion of Nelson Mandela's first visit there since 1962. Some are taken at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO). Other identifiable people appearing in the pictures are: Winnie Mandela, Chris Hani, Ruth Mompati, James Mahlangu(?), Cyril Ramaphosa, Valli Moosa, Ahmed Kathrada, Trevor Manual, Alpheus Manghezi (head of SOMAFCO).

Nyanduga, Bahame Tom

Re-opening refurbished building and welcome and farewell of CEOs, 2013.05.27. Houghton: [Set of 106 Images]

Photographs of re-opening refurbished building of Nelson Mandela Foundation and a handover ceremony of material to the National Archives of South Africa. The occasion also marked the introduction of Sello Hatang as Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation as of 1st June 2013 and bidding farewell to the foundations retiring CEO Achmat Dangor. Jack Devnarain welcomed guests including Professor Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele, acting chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the time and chairperson of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

Lerole, Tumelo

Launch of the photobook 'Mandela: The Authorised Portrait' at the NMF, 2006.10.09, Houghton: [Set of 188 Still Images]

The launch of the coffee table book ‘Mandela: The Authorised Portrait’ with Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Albie Sachs, Ahmed Kathrada, Trevor Manuel, Jakes Gerwel, Graça Machel and others. Some nice photos of Mandela and others with the book cover behind them.

Oryx Media Production

Nelson Mandela re-union with ex treason and Rivonia surviving triallist, 2007-2008, Houghton: [Recorded Event]

Video on Winnie Mandela Ahmed Kathrada, Photo with the Mandela Family Amina Cachalia, John Nkadimeng, Andrew Mlangeni, Mosie Moola and son, Henry Makgothi, Gertrude Shope. Arthur Chaskalson, George Bizo, Alexio Bizos, photo with Winnie.

Giant Media

Nelson Mandela Foundation: Mandela Prison memoirs, 2004.09.21, Houghton: [Recorded Event]

Footage on the proceedings of the launch of the exhibition and book Reflections in prison. In the same event Nelson Mandela receives the notebooks that mysteriously went missing after a raid in prison. Donald Card an official in prison returns them to Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Houghton, Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF)

Ahmed Kathrada Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP-2009/3
  • Series
  • 1963 to 1964
Consists of an annotated and signed copy of Mandela’s speech from the dock and carbon copy of the charge sheet from the Rivonia Trial, The State vs Mandela and others.

Kathrada, Ahmed Mohamed (Kathy)

Envelope

This item consists of an envelope addressed to the legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. For security reasons, Judge Pillay had a family member mail an empty envelope to the firm. This precaution was taken to protect Mac Maharaj and Judge Pillay in the event of an interrogation by Security Police. The Judge could then say that he had received the documents from an unknown source through the post.

Pillay, Thumba

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_1_001.jpg

This item consists of an envelope addressed to the legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. For security reasons, Judge Pillay had a family member mail an empty envelope to the firm. This precaution was taken to protect Mac Maharaj and Judge Pillay in the event of an interrogation by Security Police. The Judge could then say that he had received the documents from an unknown source through the post.

Pillay, Thumba

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_1_002.jpg

This item consists of an envelope addressed to the legal firm of Pillay Seedat & Co. For security reasons, Judge Pillay had a family member mail an empty envelope to the firm. This precaution was taken to protect Mac Maharaj and Judge Pillay in the event of an interrogation by Security Police. The Judge could then say that he had received the documents from an unknown source through the post.

Pillay, Thumba

Smuggled Letter - Nelson Mandela

This item consists of a letter written by Nelson Mandela to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Mandela wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla [use]

Smuggled Letter - Ahmed Kathrada

This item consists of a letter written by Ahmed Kathrada to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Kathrada wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_3_001.jpg

This item consists of a letter written by Ahmed Kathrada to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Kathrada wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

NMF_Smuggled_Letter_3_002.jpg

This item consists of a letter written by Ahmed Kathrada to the legal firm of Seedat Pillay & Co. that was smuggled out of Robben Island Prison. Kathrada wished to appoint the firm to act on his behalf in legal proceedings against the Department of Prisons. Since the authorities refused to allow him contact with his attorneys, he had to use this "illegal" method to seek legal representation.

Hunger for Freedom: Anna Trapido

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/15
  • Series
  • 2007 to 2008
23 interviews conducted by Anna Trapido in the making of her cookbook "Hunger for Freedom" a gastro-political biography of Mr. Mandela's journey from his boyhood through his life before and after his imprisonment, to the presidential banquets. It includes some personal and political anecdotes of people who were involved in one way or the other with Mr. Nelson Mandela.
Transcripts of most interviews are available as printouts and electronic copies on CD.

Trapido, Anna

The Launch of Making Peace Exhibition, 2007.07.19, Houghton: [Set of 142 Still Images]

The opening of the exhibition ‘Making Peace’, an exhibition about Albert Luthuli. With Nelson Mandela; Dr Luthuli (Albert Luthuli’s daughter); the artist who painted The Black Christ, Ronald Harrison; Lindiwe Sisulu; Bill Clinton; Ahmed Kathrada; Nthato Motlana; Luli Callinicos and others

Willman, Matthew

Annual Lecture by Bill Gates, 2016.07.17, Tshwane, South Africa

The 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2016 was delivered by Bill Gates on the eve of International Mandela Day at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, addressed the theme “Living Together” in his lecture.

Various

Opening of the exhibition 'For Madiba with Love' by David Turnley, 2014.02.02, Houghton: [Set of 70 Still Images]

Opening of the exhibition 'For Madiba with Love' by David Turnley at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The event also marked the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the National Library of South Africa for a de-acidification project to preserve Madiba's papers. The project is funded by the US Embassy. People featuring are Peter Magubane, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Barbara Hogan, the US Embassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard, Steven van Zandt, MC Leanne Manas, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, African National Congress Deputy General Jessie Duarte, Thebe Foundation CEO Mokgethi, and Sello Hatang.

Reed, Vernon

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 [use]

Correspondence

Documents and correspondence relating to the case of Nelson Mandela vs Minister of Prisons.

Kathrada, Ahmed Mohamed (Kathy)

Global Watch launch

6 digital photos of the launch of Global Watch, an initiative to end racism in sports, at the NMF.

Flow Communications (Pty) Ltd

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