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Childhood Days

Chapter 1 of the unpublished autobiography written on Robben Island in 1976, covering the period between his birth and his passage of rite into manhood.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Mandela’s unpublished autobiographical manuscript written on Robben Island

Electronic files (MS Word - converted to PDF and jpeg) of Nelson Mandela's original autobiography written on Robben Island. It covers his life story from birth to about 1976. It was intended that the manuscript be published to mark Mr Mandela's 60th birthday in 1978 and help draw attention to the freedom struggle. The ANC leadership decided not to publish it. It later formed the basis for Mr Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom".

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Attention: Col. van Aarde

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_035
  • Item
  • 1969-07-22
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 1 page written by Mandela to the Commanding officer of Robben Island, Colonel van Aarde requesting permission to attend the funeral of his son, Thembekile.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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

Address at International Women's Forum Conference

  • ZA COM MR-S-994
  • Item
  • 2003-01-30
  • Part of Speeches

Conference of the International Women's Forum ; This is the prepared speech. Mandela also ad-libbed as per the the following pess report:

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2003 by the Independent (Cape Town, South Africa)
All Bush Wants is Iraqi Oil, Says Mandela

Former president Nelson Mand

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Mandela Rhodes Banquet, 2003

  • ZA COM MR-S-993
  • Item
  • 2003-02-01
  • Part of Speeches

Banquet for Rhode Scholars - Rhodes Scholarship Centenary Celebration ; This is the prepared speech. It seems Mandela ad-libbed - see press report below:

Mandela adopts a softer approach on Iraq

Former foreign minister Pik Botha's intended role as a broker in Iraq gave Nelson Mandela the pretext he sorely needed at the week

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

AIDS Clinton September 2002

  • ZA COM MR-S-936
  • Item
  • 2002-09-28
  • Part of Speeches

Ceremony to celebrate the partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Kaiser Family Foundation in support of the loveLife initiative

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Constitutional Court Opening March 2004

  • ZA COM MR-S-933
  • Item
  • 2004-03-19
  • Part of Speeches

Special dinner to celebrate the official opening of Constitutional Court Building ; Check to see if actually delivered

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

46664 CD/DVD Launch April 2004

  • ZA COM MR-S-930
  • Item
  • 2004-04-01
  • Part of Speeches

Johannesburg launch 46664 CD/DVD - It seems Mandela differed from the written script. We will include the speech as he delivered it once we secure the recording of the event.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Notes by President Mandela to celebrate the anniversary of May Day

  • ZA COM MR-S-890
  • Item
  • 1996-05-01
  • Part of Speeches

May Day ; It is unclear whether this speech was delivered on 1 May 1996 (as the search result on the South African Government Information Website indicated) or on 1 May 1995 as the date on the actual transcript indicates.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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