The item consists of a 1990 diary given to Mandela by JN and Radhi Singh when they visited him at Victor Verster Prison. Mandela made very few entries, and his last entry is on 13 January. He describes a group of ducks that had wandered into the house which served as his jail. Only the pages with writing on it has been digitised and the back and front cover and will be described in detail.
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.
Dialogue with young people and university students about the Grameen Bank model. Students shared with Prof Yunus their own initiatives in working towards alleviating poverty in their communities. This inter-generational gathering consisted of South Africa’s leading young minds and social entrepreneurs at all levels.
Conversation with Prof Muhammad Yunus, in collaboration with WDB Group (Women’s Development Businesses), SEF (Small Enterprise Foundation) and AMFISA (Association of Micro Finance Institutions of South Africa). An all-day dialogue session with thought leaders, South Africa’s foremost social entrepreneurship patrons and practitioners, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, civil society, government, and members of the South African media. Other partners such as the WDB, African Development Bank (ADB), Banking Council, Independent Development Trust (IDT) and other microfinance institutions including the broader community of social entrepreneurs participated in this session. Professor Yunus aimed at stimulating a robust dialogue and conversation about microcredit, microfinance or social business as a tool to address poverty, based on the Grameen Bank model.
Ariel Dorfman in a social cohesion sharing session around the issue of xenophobia held at the Gugulethu Community Centre in Cape Town and served as an opportunity to listen to the recurring problems regarding xenophobia.
Professor Ariel Dorfman in Cape Town leading a panel discussion hosted by Professor Njabulo Ndebele and featuring BooK SA members Victor Dlamini, Thando Mgqolozana, Kevin Bloom, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Niq Mhlongo. The discusion was based on exploring the subject of reconciliation.
Professor Ariel Dorfman with Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, renowned Zimbabwean-born writer Elinor Sisulu as well as poet and former political activist Doctor Mongane Wally Serote in a discussion on the role of art in consolidating democracy and fighting oppression. Shots of Professor Dorfman signing a book after the event. The event was held in Freedom Park and gathered together authors, writers, journalists, students, scholars and academics to interrogate how art can help build strong and robust democracies.
Professor Ariel Dorfman reads to the students at Bertrams primary school as part of his Mandela Day commitments. After the reading the children had the opportunity to ask Professor Dorfman questions. Professor Dorfman used the reading as an opportunity to encourage the Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4 learners to read and to start writing, especially if they have the need to express themselves.
The Dialogue "In Conversations with Ariel Dorfman" was hosted in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Drama and the Market Theatre. John Kani read from "Nothing but the Truth" and Wits Drama students performed Dorman’s play "Delirium". This was followed by a facilitated discussion between Dorfman, Kani and Nadine Gordimer.
Professor Ismail Serageldin’s presentation at the University of Johannesburg, entitled “In Conversations with Youth – the Shape of Tomorrow, The seven pillars of the knowledge revolution''. The University of Johannesburg Choral Group begins proceedings with a song.
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.
Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture by Professor Ismail Serageldin at the Linder Auditorium of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The theme for the lecture was “The making of social justice: pluralism, cohesion and social participation”.
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.
The Sixth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 12 July 2008, in Kliptown, Soweto. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during a lecture titled “Behold the new Africa”, stressed the importance of transparent, accountable government and the need to fight corruption in Africa.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during the press conference at the Nelson Mandela Foundation and visiting heritage sites in Johannesburg:Orlando Stadium; Nelson Mandela house in Soweto; Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum as well as the Apartheid Museum
Mthatha community conversation on the fight against HIV/AIDS, held at the Rotary Hall. Learners from different schools coming out in numbers to voice their issues. The conversation was facilitated by Lesley Nkosi and Paddy Nhlapo.
Kamaqhekeza community's commitment in a dialogue series, sharing ideas and engaging in different activities. These activities helped the participants to know each other better as South Africans and as non-South Africans.
Leandra community, a community fuelled by poor service delivery, poverty, xenophobic violence and a host of other challenges, addressing the challenges it faces and creating a better future for its members.
Dialogue on how the presence of immigrants and refugees shaped the changes that had taken place in Yeoville (a suburb of Johannesburg) and how these significant events had shaped the community's capacities to resolve challenges.