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Nelson Mandela school year book 2013/2014:Nelson Mandela school on Berli" It always seems impossible until its done"

Nelson Mandela yearbook first published for the 13th year of the schools existance. The school has partnership with the Mvezo school of science and technology in the Mvezo. Mvezo Nelson Mandela.s birthplace and the school was built with Nelson Mandela sharing his dream that Mvezo needs to have a secondary to encourage the children in the area to study beyond grade 7 within the Mvezo area.

Supreme chief of the Tembu Jongintaba Dalindyebo with his wife, 1929.10.11, Eastern Cape: [Still Image]

Supreme chief of the Tembu Jongintaba Dalindyebo with his wife. He became Nelson Mandela’s guardian after the death of Mandela’s father. Nelson Mandela lived at the homestead of Jongintaba from the age of 9 until 16 and was raised together with Jongintaba's children.

Moravian Archives

Private and Personal Papers

  • ZA COM NMPP 2009/7
  • Series
  • c1930-2007
This series is divided into 2 subseries:
I: Nelson Mandela’s 3 passports, including his first legal passport, which was issued on 19 February 1990.
II: A copy of the death certificate of Mandela’s mother, Fanny Nosekeni Mandela and 6 Methodist church membership cards (Sunday School).

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Luyolo Stengile Collection, 1938, Healdtown: [8 Photographic Prints]

Photos of Healdtown College. In the Class photograph are, among others: Nelson Mandela (back row, fifth from the right), Myrtle Workman (white woman), Rev. Arthur Wellington (next to Myrtle), Rev. S. M. Mokitimi (next to Wellington), Jane Methola (next to Mokitimi) and Gilbert Nzimani (behind Mokitimi).

Stengile, Luyolo

Mayibuye Archives, 1940s-1960s, South Africa: [Set of 52 still images]

Collection of historical photographs held by the Mayibuye Archives: Yusuf Dadoo and Joe Slovo in a march in London, 1963, in response to increasing repression against apartheid in South Africa and the arrest of Nelson Mandela and other comrades; Mandela with members of the National Liberation Front of Algeria in 1962; Mandela posing for a photo with Batshaka Cele, a relative of Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

Mayibuye Archives

Jürgen Schadeberg series, 1950s, Johannesburg: [4 photographic prints]

Four prints depicting Nelson Mandela in his law office, standing behind his desk and with documents in his hand; Mandela with Ruth First at the ANC Conference in Bloemfontein, with ANC President JS Moroka and Yusuf Dadoo during the Defiance Campaign Trials, Mandela leaving court during the Treason Trial

Schadeberg, Jürgen

Speeches

  • ZA COM MR-S
  • Record Group
  • 1951-2011
The transcriptions contained within this collection encompass all of the roles that Mr Mandela filled both before and during his retirement. This is an ongoing exercise as we continually identify additional speeches made by Mr Mandela. Every speech is verified prior to accessioning.

Various

Presidential Address at the Annual Conference of the African National Congress Youth League

  • ZA COM MR-S-001
  • Item
  • December 1951
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion - Annual conference of the African National Congress Youth League
Summary - This address outlines the main threats in the world (imperialism, capitalism), in Africa (colonialism), and in South Africa (fascism). African Nationalism is seen as the response to these threats and the Youth League is seen as the guardian of this ideology. The Youth League should not continue to debate African Nationalism as an ideology but rather focus on how to mobilise the masses in a national struggle, how to respond to the Suppression of Communism Act and how to organise and discipline its members.

We Defy : 10,000 volunteers protest against 'unjust laws'

  • ZA COM MR-S-005
  • Item
  • Aug-52
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion -Statement of the Campaign's aims
Summary - This statement focuses on the support by masses of volunteers from all races for the first stages of the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. It also reiterates the main aims of the Campaign: to oppose an unjust system and struggle for freedom for non-Europeans.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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

Africa, colonialism and war

  • ZA COM MR-S-002
  • Item
  • 1953-08-23
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion - Natal Peace Conference
Summary - Imperial powers exploit Africa for its raw materials, its strategic value as military bases and its cheap labour. Africa is used as an instrument of war and the first casualties are its people. There is a link between the struggle for peace and the struggle against colonialism in Africa.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

No Easy Walk to Freedom

  • ZA COM MR-S-003
  • Item
  • 1953-09-21
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion - Presidential address to the ANC (Transvaal) Congress
Summary - The political climate has changed from the successes of the Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws of 1952 and the ANC must be prepared with a new approach and with a strong and disciplined membership. The new approach is called the "M" Plan and calls for active recruitment and action at the grassroots level. This will enable the ANC to function without calling attention to itself. There is no place in the ANC for those opposed to the "M" Plan.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Abdul Bham Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2014/7
  • Series
  • c1954-1980s
The collections consists of documents, memorial booklets, pamphlets, photographs and musical sheets of struggle songs. It includes a letter signed by Walter Sisulu and appendices, from the National Action Council of the Congress of the People; several photographs taken during Nelson Mandela's trip through Africa in 1962, in Morroco.

African National Congress (ANC)

Motsamayi Mpho Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/29
  • Series
  • ca. 1956 - 1995
The collection is made up of copies of material from Motsamayi Mpho and his participation in the struggle for liberation in South Africa. The collection has the rare 1950s and early 60s collection of newspaper clippings amongst which is a photo of Nelson Mandela in Tunisia and Ethiopia. There are copies of private correspondence. The collection has been organised in the following categories: correspondence, Women's Anti pass Campaign, speeches, pamphlets and publications.

Mpho, Motsamayi

Maniben Sita Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP-2009/1
  • Series
  • 1957-1964

Sita’s 1963 diary, with additional entries from 1962. Also includes leaflets: “The Group Areas Act & Mr. Nana Sita” (1964?), SA Indian Congress, London; and pamphlets: “I Accuse!” Speeches to court by Nelson Mandela, 1962-1963 trial (origin unknown); “South Africa’s Treason Trial” (1957), “Afrika!” Publications, Johannesburg.

Sita had concealed these documents in a cushion to avoid them being confiscate during raids by the security police at her family home. In 2008, Sita gifted the cushion to Mandela for his 90th birthday stating on an accompanying note that he will find the contents of the cushion interesting. When the gift was received, the cushioned was unstitched revealing the documents.

Sita, Maniben

Smuggled Letters - Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada

2 handwritten manuscripts of letters by Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada. Includes envelope which Jude Pillay posted had posted to himself in case he was questioned as to how he received the letters. Judge Thumba Pillay donated the two letters and the envelope to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in 2009.

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

Anti-Apartheid Movements, The Netherlands

  • ZA COM NMAP 2012/68
  • Series
  • 1960s-1990s
Mandela- and ANC-related materials from the former Anti-Apartheid Movements in the Netherlands. Included is a large collection of digital photos from the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (ANC) in Tanzania, as well as some other ‘ANC in exile’ photos, documents, t-shirts, and other memorabilia. The materials were created by the ANC, IDAF, and others.

Anti-Apartheid Movement, Netherlands

Anonymous Photo Donation

  • ZA COM NMAP 2009/75
  • Series
  • 1960s-1990s
This collection consists of 12 photographs taken over a period of time, created by several photographers and used by The Sowetan newspaper in South Africa.

Unknown

Extracts from Nelson Mandela's Testimony at the Treason Trial 1956-60

  • ZA COM MR-S-006
  • Item
  • 1960
  • Part of Speeches

Extracts from the testimony by Mandela in 1960, responding as spokesman for the accused to questions from the bench, the prosecution and the defence lawyers on the content of ANC documents and question of violent intent on the part of those on trial.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

General Strike : Statement by Nelson Mandela on behalf of the National Action Council following the stay-at-home in May 1961

  • ZA COM MR-S-008
  • Item
  • May 1961
  • Part of Speeches

The statement reviewed the successes and weaknesses of the three day stay-at-home in May 1961, as well as the responses to it from journalists, students, trade unions, and from opposing groups like the Pan-Africanist Congress. It also announced the policy of non-collaboration with the government and renewed the call for an intensified international boycott and the complete isolation of South Africa.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Demonstrations against proclamation of Republic : Answers to questions by Drum

  • ZA COM MR-S-007
  • Item
  • May 1961
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion - Drum asked several non-European leaders for answers to three questions concerning the planned deomstrations. These were Mr. Mandela's answers.
Summary - The demonstrations will be peaceful and will include work stoppages, meetings and processions. The aim of the protest is to have grievances heard and, ideally, have a national convention to discuss a new constitution.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Statement issued by the Honorary Secretary of the All-in-African National Action Council, 1961.06.05: [Set of 4 Images]

  • ZA COM NMPP 2010/51
  • page
  • 1961-06-05
Typed statement issued and signed by Nelson Mandela in his capacity as Secretary of the All-in-African National Action Council. The statement expresses disgust at the action of the authorities in closing the Fort Hare and Healdtown educational institutions, thereby victimising students for participating in a peaceful nation-wide protest (being a stay-away which was organised by the Council to coincide with South Africa's becoming a Republic on 31 May 1961).
Includes covering note and envelope.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

The struggle is my life : Press statement issued on 26 June 1961

  • ZA COM MR-S-009
  • Item
  • 26 June 1961
  • Part of Speeches

This statement, issued after the positive response to a three day strike, announces a second phase in the fight against Verwoerd, a country-wide campaign of non-cooperation, and announces a National Convention. It also explains his decision, in accordance with the advice of the National Action Council, to carry on his political work underground rather than leaving the country or giving himself up for arrest to a government he did not recognise.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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.

Unknown

Bob Hepple Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP-2013/1
  • Series
  • 1964
Includes 4 textual items: copy of article "Rivonia: The Story of Accused no. 11 by Bob Hepple, reprinted from Social Dynamics 30:1 (2004); Note by Hepple (papers listed in the note were not received); Document Rivonia Trial - Mandela's comment on evidence of Walter Sisulu and copy of letter by Sisulu to Hepple; Programme of ANC 70th anniversary concert, London. Includes Cantata in homage of Mandela.

Hepple, Bob

George Bizos Collection

  • ZA COM NMAP 2010/01
  • Series
  • 1962 - 2010
Manuscript of the book 'Apartheid's Justice' by George Bizos, including correspondence and research materials. A draft of Joel Joffe's book 'The Rivonia Story' is included.

Bizos, George

Project Mandela – Documentary

  • ZA COM NMPP 2010/27
  • Series
  • 1962 - 1990
Documentary on Nelson Mandela's struggle against apartheid. Comprises Nelson Mandela's 1962 interview, comments by Barbara Masekela and Neil Barnard, Nelson Mandela's initiative to start negotiations with the Apartheid government, transfer to Pollsmoor and Victor Verster, Nelson Mandela turning down Botha's offer of conditional release read by Zindzi, Anti-Apartheid campaign, and his release from prison.

MNET

Address by Nelson Mandela on Behalf of the ANC delegation to the conference of the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa : A land ruled by the gun

  • ZA COM MR-S-004
  • Item
  • 1962-02-03
  • Part of Speeches

Occasion - Address to the Conference of the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East and Central Africa
Summary - This address summaries the assistance that the international community, especially African states, has given to the freedom fighters in South Africa. It outlines the political and social situation in South Africa and the ANC's responses and move from policies of non-violence to the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe. The people's resolve to fight is steadfast but the continued support of PAFMECA is crucial.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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)

Panorama : The Rivonia Trial [The] : [Filmography]

Robin Day, reporting for the BBC’s Panorama programme was on hand on the final day of judgement. Footage exterior the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, still photographs of the accused, and an interview with Winnie Mandela (I shall never lose hope) The documentary also has the voice of Justice de Wet.

Day, Robin

I am prepared to die : Nelson Mandela's statement from the dock at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial

  • ZA COM MR-S-010
  • Item
  • 20 April 1964
  • Part of Speeches

In this, the opening of the Defence case, Mandela states that his experiences in South Africa and his pride as an African underlie his actions. He details how and why Umkhonto we Sizwe was formed and what its strategies were. He also responds to the allegations of the State one by one and includes an explanation of both his ideological influences and his ideals.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

Lionel Shapiro Collection, 1964, Pretoria: [Set of 7 still images]

The photos are taken on 12 June 1964, the day of the verdict in the Rivonia Trial. Lionel Shapiro took the photos whilst studying at Wits and taking pictures once a week for the student paper. Nelson Mandela leaving court in a prison van, protestors, Winnie Mandela and Mandela's mother.

The collection consists of 4 photographs - LS001: Winnie Mandela and Mandela's mother, Nosekeni leaving court; LS002: June Mlangeni leaving the court; LS003: The trialists leaving court after the sentencing in a prison van. Mandela is the first person on the left in the van; and LS004: A supporter outside the court with placard "We are proud of our leaders".

Shapiro, Lionel

Rivonia-Prozeß, Der : [Filmography]

Feature film based on the Rivonia Raid, and subsequent trial, filmed with SA govt. assistance at Liliesleaf Farm. The role of Nelson Mandela was played by Simon Sabela.

Bretholz, Wolfgang

Donald Card Collection

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6
  • Subseries
  • 1969-02-04 - 1971-04-01
  • Part of Prison Collection

Two hardcover exercise books containing handwritten drafts of letters from Nelson Mandela to family, friends, and the authorities; and 1 loose sheet with record of family visits.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My Darling [Maki Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_007
  • Item
  • 1969-02-16
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his daughter Maki.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To Mntan'omhle [Mthetho Mathanzima]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_013
  • Item
  • 1969-03-17
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Mthetho Mathanzima. Letter addressed to Mntan'omhle, which is "Chief" in IsiXhosa

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To my dear nephew [Gibson Kente]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_011
  • Item
  • 1969-03-30
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Gibson Kente.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To [Lilian Ngoyi]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_009
  • Item
  • 1969-03-30
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Lilian Ngoyi. The letter is addressed to "my beloved sister" in Sepedi (Northern Sotho).

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To Hemarie Vehalie Aminabehn [Amina Cachalia]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_017
  • Item
  • 1969-04-08
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to Amina Cachalia. The letter is addressed to "Hemarie Vehalie Aminabehn" which means "our dear sister Amina" in Gujarati.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To our dear ma [Mrs P K Madikizela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_019
  • Item
  • 1969-05-04
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his mother-in-law, Mrs P K Madikizela.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_Dcard_V1_024.

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_023-24
  • page
  • 1969-06-23
  • Part of Prison Collection

Page 2 of a 2 page letter written by Mandela to his daughters Zenani and Zindzi when their mother, Winnie Madikezela Mandela was detained.

To My darling [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_025
  • Item
  • 1969-06-23
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela when she was detained.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My darlings [Zeni and Zindzi Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_023
  • Item
  • 1969-06-23
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his daughters Zenani and Zindzi when their mother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was detained.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

NMF_Dcard_V1_023

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_023-23
  • page
  • 1969-06-23
  • Part of Prison Collection

Page 1 of a 2 page letter written by Mandela to his daughters Zenani and Zindzi when their mother, Winnie Madikezela Mandela was detained.

To My dear Niki [Niki Iris Xaba]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_027
  • Item
  • 1969-07-15
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his sister-in-law Niki Iris Xaba about the detention of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My darling [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_031
  • Item
  • 1969-07-16
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela informing her of the death of his eldest son, Thembekile.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To Evelyn [Evelyn Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_033
  • Item
  • 1969-07-16
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his first wife Evelyn Mandela about the death of their eldest son, Thembekile, in a car accident.

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

To dear Kgatho [Makgatho Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_036
  • Item
  • 1969-07-28
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his son Makgatho in which he commiserates and reminisces re the death of Thembekile.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To my dear Sef [Sefton Vuthela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_038
  • Item
  • 1969-07-29
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 3 pages written by Mandela to Sefton Vuthela, his brother-in-law.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My darlings [Zeni and Zindzi Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_041
  • Item
  • 1969-08-03
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his daughters Zenani and Zindzi about the death of Thembi.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

To My dear Mtshana [Nomfundo Mandela]

  • ZA COM NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2009/6-NMF_Dcard_V1_045
  • Item
  • 1969-09-08
  • Part of Prison Collection

This item consists of a letter of 2 pages written by Mandela to his niece, Nomfundo Mandela consoling her, about her studies and living in Johannesburg.

Mandela, Nelson Rolihlahla

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