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Mandela: In Honor of an Extraordinary Life

A tribute to her father, Makaziwe Mandela shares the most definitive portrait of Nelson Mandela to date, revealing the man behind the anti-apartheid movement that changed the world.

Mandela, Makaziwe

History of South Africa: From 1902 to the Present

South Africa was born in war, has been cursed by crises and ruptures, and today stands on a precipice once again. This book explores the country's tumultuous journey from the Second Anglo-Boer War to 2021. Drawing on diaries, letters, oral testimony and diplomatic reports, Thula Simpson follows the South African people through the battles, elections, repression, resistance, strikes, insurrections, massacres, crashes and epidemics that have shaped the nation.

Tracking South Africa's path from colony to Union and from apartheid to democracy, Simpson documents the influence of key figures including Jan Smuts, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, P.W. Botha, Thabo Mbeki and Cyril Ramaphosa. He offers detailed accounts of watershed events like the 1922 Rand Revolt, the Defiance Campaign, Sharpeville, the Soweto uprising and the Marikana massacre. He sheds light on the roles of Gandhi, Churchill, Castro and Thatcher, and explores the impact of the World Wars, the armed struggle and the Border War. Simpson's history charts the post-apartheid transition and the phases of ANC rule, from Rainbow Nation to transformation; state capture to 'New Dawn'. Along the way, it reveals the divisions and solidarities of sport; the nation's economic travails; and painful pandemics, from the Spanish flu to AIDS and Covid-19.

Simpson, Thula

A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela's Hope for his Nation

As Nelson Mandela lived and worked under the unjust system of apartheid, his desire for freedom grew. South Africa separated people by races, oppressing the country's non-white citizens with abusive laws and cruel restrictions. Every day filled Mandela with grief and anger. But he also had hope--hope for a nation that belonged to everyone who lived in it.

From his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to his extraordinary rise to the presidency, Nelson Mandela was a rallying force against injustice. This stirring biography explores Mandela's long fight for equality and the courage that propelled him through decades of struggle. Illustrated in the bold, bright colors of South Africa, A Plan for the People captures the spirit of a leader beloved around the world.

McDivitt, Lindsey

Robben Island Rainbow Dreams: The making of Democratic South Africa's First National Heritage Institution

The book offers the first intimate, behind-the-scenes account of the ongoing saga of the making of democratic South Africa's first national heritage institution. In doing so, it draws on the perspectives of historians, architects, visiting artists, ex-political prisoners, residents of the island and a host of heritage professionals, including debates on Mandelarisation and commemorating Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe.

Lekgotla laga Ramoupi, Neo

Breakthrough: The Struggles and Secret Talks that Brought Apartheid South Africa to the Negotiating Table

Breakthrough sheds new light on the process that led to the formal negotiations. Focusing on the years before 1990, the book reveals the skirmishes that took place away from the public glare, as the principal adversaries engaged in a battle of positions that carved a pathway to the negotiating table. Drawing from material in the prison files of Nelson Mandela, minutes of the meetings of the ANC Constitutional Committee, the NWC and the NEC, notes about the Mells Park talks led by Professor Willie Esterhuyse and Thabo Mbeki, communications between Oliver Tambo and Operation Vula, the Kobie Coetsee Papers, the Broederbond archives and numerous other sources, the authors have pieced together a definitive account of these historic developments. While most accounts of South Africa's transition deal with what happened during the formal negotiations, Breakthrough demonstrates that an account of how the opposing parties reached the negotiating table in the first place is indispensable for an understanding of how South Africa broke free from a spiralling war and began the journey to democracy.

Maharaj, Mac

Diplomacy of Change from Apartheid to Democracy

The author's memoir reflects the journey of a fellow traveller through a certain period of time - it is not about an individual but about the journey. Jacobs Dawie's journey will resonate with some, and perhaps not with others. The memoir connects with the fields of history that he ended up traversing. There is both humour and pain, two vital ingredients of life. An honest memoir should draw a smile as well as a tear.

Jacobs, Dawie

A Lawyer's Odyssey: Apartheid, Mandela and Beyond

Henry brown tells his story. His early law experience in Cape Town cast him into the eye of the Struggle when he represented key anti-apartheid activists, including Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, Winnie Mandela, Albie Sachs, and many others.

Brown, Henry

I know this to be true about Nelson Mandela

In this book, two former colleagues of Nelson Mandela, Sello Hatang and Verne Harris, share little-known stories from his life as they explore the qualities and disciplines that enable him to lead a country through seemingly insurmountable challenges. With excerpts from Mandela's own reflections, this book is a moving reminder of his legacy and encourages every reader to find and nurture the leader within.

Hatang, Sello Koos

Prisoner 913: The Release of Nelson Mandela

Stemmet and co-author Riaan de Villiers bring some of the most compelling secrets to light. Among others, it reveals that the covert collaboration between Mandela and the last NP government went way further than is generally known, and included an attempt by Mandela to broker a deal between the apartheid regime and the ANC in exile prior to his release. It also reveals that F.W. de Klerk made Mandela an offer that, if accepted, would have fundamentally changed the latter's role in the South African transition. Prisoner 913 casts new - often startling - light on the hidden dynamics behind one of the most important events in South Africa's political history."

de Villers, Riaan

Reassessing Mandela

The book reconsiders aspects of Mandela's life and makes an important contribution to the historiography of the anti-apartheid political struggle.
This book provides a scholarly counter weight both to uncritical celebration of Mandela and also to a simplistic attribution of post-apartheid shortcoming to the person of Mandela.

Bundy, Colin

Know Your Nation: South African History, Culture and Geography in an easy-to-read format; vol 1

Know Your Nation, is the first of several volumes that explore South Africa’s history, culture and geography, in an easy-to-read format. Know Your Nation is the brainchild of Tim Mostert, the Speedy cartoonist from the Daily Sun newspaper. Know Your Nation approaches learning from a different paradigm, from the mind of a cartoonist. That means it’s short and to the point, with a bit of levity and comic strips thrown in, and it never gets boring. Each article is one page long with strong visuals.

Mostert, Tim

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)

46664 BANGLE

Publication on the making of the 46664 Bangle.

46664 bangle

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

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

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 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

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

90th Birthday Message

  • ZA COM MR-S-979
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  • 2008-07-01 - 2008-07-31
  • Part of Speeches

Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday celebration ; Video message recorded for usage by SA Embassies abroad for celebrations of the Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday

Youth Rally

  • ZA COM MR-S-980
  • Item
  • 2008-06-01 - 2008-06-30
  • Part of Speeches

National Youth Festival 2008 ; Video recorded message

Uknown

The Nelson Mandela 5th Annual Lecture with Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Nobel laureate. The focus of the Lecture was on the progress of Africa, that it needed to be balanced on three pillars: security, development and human rights.

Unknown

Installation of Mandla Mandela as Chief, 2007.04.16, Mvezo: [Set of 378 Still Images]

The series consists of 378 photographs taken on 16 April 2007 in Mvezo, South Africa, of Mandla’s installation as Chief, with Mandla Mandela, members of the family, the ceremony where he was inducted, friends and dignitaries. Included are photographs of the landscape and the surroundings around Mvezo.

Willman, Matthew

Mandela the Authorised Portrait: Book launch [Footage]

The authorised portrait book launch includes footage of Nelson Mandela in conversation with Mac Maharaj, Ahmed Kathy Kathrada, Ruth Hobday, and Geoff Blackwell of PQ Blackwell interviewing the three stalwarts. (PQ Blackwell are the publishers from New Zealand). Professor Jakes Gerwel welcomes all visitors, with President Thabo Mbeki in attendance.

Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF)

Nelson Mandela 3rd annual Lecture by Professor Wangari Mathaai, 2005.07.19, Johannesburg: [Recorded Event]

The proceedings of the 3rd Nelson Mandela annual lecture by the Kenyan environmentalist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and political activist Professor Wangari Mathaai, at Linder Auditorium, Wits University Johannesburg. Includes interview by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr Mamphela Ramphele.

Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF)

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

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