Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Memoir by Nelson Mandela to be released in 2016

LONDON - A posthumous memoir by Nelson Mandela, recounting his time as South Africa's first democratically elected president, is scheduled to be published around the world next year.

Pan Macmillan said Tuesday that it will publish the sequel to Mandela's best-selling autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" in Britain, South Africa, India and Australasia in 2016. U.S. and Canadian rights have not yet been sold.

The publisher said the Nelson Mandela Foundation has "a substantial but incomplete personally written draft" of the book, written before the statesman died in December 2013 at the age of 95. On the wishes of his widow, Graca Machel, it will be completed by a group of Mandela's former advisers.

Machel said Mandela began work on the book in 1998, near the end of his five-year presidential term. She said Mandela saw it as "a natural progression" from "Long Walk," which covered his early years, his political struggle against South Africa's apartheid regime and the 27 years he spent in prison.

Pan Macmillan said the as-yet-untitled book would be "candid and clear-eyed about the difficulties he faced while in office, but also about the fault lines which run through contemporary South Africa."

Editorial director Georgina Morley said it would "remind readers everywhere what he stood for - and how it is still possible for his vision and his political philosophy to change not only South Africa but the world.”

A publication date was not announced.

Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and went on to win the presidency in South Africa's first all-race election in 1994. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with former South African President Frederik W. de Klerk, for negotiating the end of white-minority rule.

He stepped down in 1999 to concentrate on charity work.

CBS NEWS - March 23, 2015, 11:18 PM

Monday, 23 March 2015

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative launches world record campaign for 2015

What did Carolyn Steyn, founder of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, do when MC Anele Mdoda handed her the microphone at the Saxon hotel on Thursday 19 February 2015 during the launch of the Cell C Support for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day 2015?

She curtsied to Jose dos Santos, CEO of Cell C, and thanked him for his commitment and support in helping South Africans with a particular challenge to South African schools to knit and crochet 21 000 blankets by 21 April this year. These blankets will be spread across the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 21 April at the feet of the Nelson Mandela statue before being donated to charity organisations around the country.

Well-known South Africans who have already taken up the challenge to support this worthy cause. Image: Yolanda van der Stoep

Not only will this create a world record, but countless children, everyday South Africans, celebrities and knitters will be empowered to keep 21 000 people warm this year in the name of Nelson Mandela – stitch by stitch.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day started in effect in December 2013 when Zelda la Grange, Nelson Mandela’s trusted assistant, presented philanthropist and “Arts Angel” Carolyn Steyn with a challenge: knit 67 blankets in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Mandela Day brand!

Steyn accepted La Grange’s challenge but soon realised that she wouldn’t be able to achieve it alone. She called on her friends for help and created the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Facebook group. More than 6 000 blankets were created last year and the project captured the hearts and hands of people across the globe.

Nelson Mandela CE Sello Hatang, Carolyn Steyn and Cell C CEO José dos Santos at the media briefing. Image: Yolanda van der Stoep

At the launch, Steyn shared the prophetic words of La Grange: “If you take up the challenge of 67 blankets, your life will never be the same again.”

Steyn has donated R210 000 prize money in her personal capacity to the participating school that produces the most single-bed-size blankets (140cm x 180cm), with a minimum amount of at least 670 blankets.

This school challenge ends on 15 April 2015.

South African beauties, Melinda Bam (Miss SA 2011), Suzette van der Merwe (Miss SA 1990), Ziphozakhe Zokufa (current Miss SA) and Claudia Henkel (Miss SA 2004) snuggle up under a few blankets during the announcement. Image: Yolanda van der Stoep

Dos Santos profusely thanked Steyn for this project, which fits Cell C like “a hand in a glove”. He also thanked the media – the “oh glamorous ones” – for making this inspirational project work. He emphasised the importance of social responsibility for Cell C by saying, “We thrive on social responsibility.”

Cell C, through the Cell C Foundation, has donated R441 000 to benefit 21 participating schools that each stand to win R21 000. It has also supplied wool and tools to various communities in Diepsloot to produce 1 000 blankets, as well as yarn and tools to employees at Cell C who have volunteered for this project.

(Knitters who post a selfie of themselves knitting on 67 Blankets’ social pages could win one of three Amber Gold Huawei Mate 7 mobile handsets valued at
R6 000 each. Post your selfie on @67Blankets and @CellC with the tags #Believe, #EPIC and #67Blankets.)

Suzette van der Merwe (Miss SA 1990), Melinda Bam (Miss SA 2011), Cell C’s CEO, José dos Santos, Morning Live’s Leanne Manas, the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s CE, Sello Hatang, television personality, Penny Lebyane  and Claudia Henkel (Miss SA 2004). Image: Yolanda van der Stoep

The inspiring and charismatic Nelson Mandela Foundation CE, Sello Hatang, said when Steyn approached him about the seemingly impossible objective of producing 67 000 blankets for Nelson Mandela Day, he came up with a much more achievable number: 21 000 blankets to commemorate the 21 years of South African democracy.

Hatang referred to the importance of blankets in Setswana – an idiom saying, “We are wearing the same blanket.” This expresses unity in thought and effort. Hatang reminded the audience of three concepts that Madiba expressed to his children in 1969. Madiba wrote to them of hope, health and happiness.

So, let’s take up the needles and hooks, and let’s knit the blankets that will keep us together.

For more info:

Facebook: www.67blankets.co.za
Twitter: @67Blankets and @CellC
Instagram: @CellCSA
Contact: 0617 67 67 67

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Nelson Mandela Day "Literacy for Leadership" 2015

Support the Nelson Mandela Day Literacy for Leadership Project 2015. Donate a book & help change a child's life today. Give a book, give life! ?

You are welcome to drop children's books off at Cotton On Superstores in South Africa and selected Cotton On Kids Stores

or support the initiative via  http://bookpeople.co.za/nelson-mandela-drive/


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo opened its doors

Last month, the Mandela School of Science & Technology in Mvezo opened its doors to 420 learners in Grades 8, 9 and 10 from the rural Eastern Cape village and surrounding areas.


The school, built as a tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela, is the first high school in the Mvezo area.


It was developed at a cost R100m, which includes operational and financial support for the first three years of operations, by global engineering firm Siemens following a commitment made to Madiba in 2010.


Until now, young people in Mvezo have had to leave home or travel long distances to go to high school - much as the young Nelson Mandela did in his teens.


“Now youngsters here can have a high school education and remain in a nurturing environment with their families and the community,” said Nkso Zwelivelile Mandela, Traditional Leader of the Mvezo and Head of the Royal House of Mandela. “But they will have to work hard because standards at Mandela School of Science & Technology are high. And the learners know this.” 


A three-tiered partnership between Siemens, the Mvezo Development Trust and the Department of Basic Education has made the school possible.


Mandela said that excellence had underpinned the project from the outset. “Once building began in October 2012 every partner fulfilled their responsibilities on time and remained accountable. This is why just over one year since construction began the Mandela School of Science & Technology was ready to start teaching this month.”


Siemens South Africa CEO Siegmar Proebstl said he is aware that huge challenges remain in the Eastern Cape with regards to education. “This is beginning to change, but business must be more aggressive in addressing the skills dearth in science and engineering. The Mandela School of Science & Technology shows what can be achieved when business, government and communities work together in an organised way. 


“This school’s completion in just over one year is a record achievement, and the role of the Mvezo community in this accomplishment was central. Some 160 community members worked tirelessly to ensure the school would be ready for classes in 2014. Many of these people are parents who have built the school for their children and grandchildren.”


Speaking ahead of the official opening, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said her department had successfully fulfilled its mandate to recruit teachers, engage with feeder schools in the area, select and register learners, equip the school and deliver furniture and text books.


“Next year, Grade 11 classes will begin and in 2016, Grade 12 will be introduced when the school will be at its maximum capacity of 700 learners,” said Motshekga.


Teaching at the Mandela School of Science & Technology will deliver the national curriculum. Learners in Grade 9 will be able to choose one of four focus areas for their final three years of schooling - science, technology, engineering or agriculture.


“The first test of the success of the Mandela School of Science & Technology will be at the end of 2016 when the first cohort of Grade 12s write their matric examinations,” said Motshekga.


The school motto – “education is freedom” – was developed by the people of Mvezo, who were inspired by Nelson Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.


Many of the community members employed on the project are now skilled labourers. Building materials were sourced locally to support local enterprises and to ensure materials will be available in future. Small businesses are being set up to provide supplies and services to the school.


Motshekga said the new high school had already had a positive effect on primary schools in the area. Road shows were held at 22 schools in 2013 to provide accurate information to learners, parents and teachers about the Mandela School of Science & Technology.


“Learners in our feeder schools here want to achieve the minimum entry requirements for the new high school,” said Motshekga.


Meanwhile, the two primary schools in Mvezo have been merged into one institution, and resources consolidated to deliver a better primary school offering.

Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) MEC Mandla Makupula said that the new high school in Mvezo represented another step forward in strengthening the high school offering in the region, and welcomed the involvement of business in facilitating this trend. “The new Mandela School of Science & Technology benefits the local community in the short-term, but will also have a positive impact in the Eastern Cape over the longer-term.”


Proebstl said that in 2020 the first matriculants of the Mandela School of Science & Technology will graduate from university. “I believe they will be skilled engineering professionals and technicians that Siemens and other private and public companies will want to employ.”


“Furthermore, teachers and learners will benefit from partnerships with international schools and science education networks such as the Neslon Mandela School in Berlin, the International School Munich and Erlangen, and Siemens Professional Education Germany (SPE).”


The new school has modern facilities, equipment and laboratories, a state-of-the-art resource centre and excellent sporting facilities.




Monday, 9 December 2013


Date: 10 December 2013
18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Mr Mandela is survived by his wife Graça, three daughters, 18 grandchildren and
12 great-grandchildren.

Official Programme
Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and Ms Baleka Mbete
11:00 – 15:00

National Anthem: Mass Choir
Welcome and Opening Remarks: Programme Directors

Interfaith Prayers

Tribute by Family Friend: 
Andrew Mlangeni

Tribute by Family: 
General Thanduxolo Mandela

Tribute by the Grandchildren: 
Mbuso Mandela
Andile Mandela
Zozuko Dlamini
Phumla Mandela

Tribute by UN Representative: 
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Tribute by AU Commission Chair: 
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Tribute by Foreign Dignitaries: 
President Barack Obama (USA)
President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
Vice-President Li Yuanchao (China)
President Hifikepunye Pohamba (Namibia)
President Pranab Mukherjee (India)
President Raúl Castro Ruz (Cuba)
Keynote Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa:
His Excellency Jacob Zuma
Sermon: Bishop Ivan Abrahams
Vote of Thanks: Premier of Gauteng, Nomvula Mokonyane

Sunday, 8 December 2013


Memorial services

The nation mourns Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Memorial services will be held at several venues to give everyone the opportunity to attend.
The official memorial service will take place on Tuesday, 10 December atFNB stadiumFNB stadium in Johannesburg. The memorial service will begin at 11h00. Gates for the public will open at 06h00.
The President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma will address the official memorial service.

The programme will also include tributes by Heads of State from the various regions of the globe, the continent and representatives of international and regional organisations. Eminent persons will also address the gathering.
Government has requested provincial authorities to coordinate provincial activities and help secure transport for mourners wishing to attend the memorial service. People outside of Gauteng should preferably attend memorial services in their own provinces.
The service will be broadcast  live by the SABC. There will be big screens outside the stadium, at overflow venues at Ellis Park Stadium, Orlando Stadium and Dobsonville Stadium, and in venues throughout the country.
Members of the public who want to attend the National Memorial Service at FNB or other stadiums must plan their trips carefully, leave early and use public transport. No cars will be allowed in the vicinity of FNB Stadium.

A fitting tribute ....

A  phenomenal tribute to this great man ....

Saturday, 7 December 2013


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela will be laid to rest during an official state funeral, which will take place over a period of 10 days.

Former president Nelson Mandela will be buried at Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December 2013, following an official memorial service on 10 December at FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

South African flags at all official buildings will fly at half-mast throughout the period. 

The public will be given ample opportunity to pay their last respects to former President Mandela. There are public venues throughout the country that will serve as memorial centres where people will be able to participate in public mourning events.

Books of condolence are being circulated to all municipalities and government departments. People can also post tributes, record memories and express their emotions at the Government Facebook page.

Books of condolence will also be accessible at our diplomatic missions around the world in the coming days.

Memorial service - 10 December 2013

The public and media are welcome to attend a memorial service for former President Mandela at the FNB Stadium on 10 July. The time of the service will be announced later.

About 80 000 people will be able to attend the memorial service on a first come first serve basis.

The public may also watch the procession from selected stadiums in all nine provinces as it will be broadcast live. More information will be made available.

Lying in State - 11 to 13 December 2013

South Africans and selected international visitors and guests will be able to view President Mandela’s remains at the Union Buildings for three days from Wednesday, 11 December.

President Mandela’s remains will be transported daily between 1 Military Hospital, Thaba Tshwane, and the Union Buildings.

Details of this route and times will be provided in due course. Government invites mourners to line this route and form a public guard of honour for Tata Madiba when the remains are transported.

Again, we call on members of the public to cooperate with the authorities to ensure that this event is dignified and secure.

Away from the memorial route, members of the public wishing to pay their final respects will be shuttled to the Union Buildings from two central venues in Tshwane that will be announced in due course.

Only mourners who report to these venues will be allowed to visit the Union Buildings and view the remains.

Mourners are advised that cameras, including cellphones will not be allowed at the Union Buildings. Mourners are advised not to bring cameras and cellphones in their possession.

Transporting of remains to Qunu - Saturday, 14 December 2013

On Saturday, 14 December, the former President’s remains will be transported to the Eastern Cape from Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria, where the ruling party will bid Madiba farewell.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will take charge of this leg of the State funeral.

A military Guard of Honour will welcome the mortal remains which will be draped in the national flag. 

Upon arrival at Mthatha Airport the SANDF contingent will perform the ceremonial removal of the Mortal Remains form the aircraft.

The coffin will be placed on a gun carriage and then transported into a hearse.

The SANDF will sound the national anthem while the Guard of Honour will Present Arms and salute.

The mortal remains will thereafter be transported to the family home in Qunu, where the Thembu community will conduct a traditional ceremony.

State funeral service at Qunu - 15 December 2013

The funeral service at Qunu will conclude the 10 day State funeral period.

The Mandela family, the President and Cabinet, Heads of State, and other dignitaries will be in attendance.

The SANDF will again be charged with draping the coffin. A National Salute will be performed and the National Anthem will be played.

Statement by Minister Collins Chabane on behalf of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the State Funerals on the arrangements of President Nelson Mandela's State Funeral, 7 December 2013

Road closures

FNB stadium

  • N1 and Rand Show Road
  • N1 and Soweto Highway
  • N1 and 17
  • N1 and Nasrec offramp
  • Greenwood Rd and Booysens Reserve, and
  • Nasrec and Main Reef Roads

Cape Town

Affected road




Adderley Street

Bureau and Strand

Closed – deliveries permitted

07:00 – 22:00


Castle Street

Strand and Darling

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00


Church Street

Adderley and Burg

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00


Corporation Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

00:00 – 24:00

Longmarket and Caledon

Closed – resident and business access only

00:00 – 24:00

Darling Street

Adderley and Plein

Closed – deliveries permitted

07:00 – 22:00

Plein and Buitenkant

Road closed

00:00 – 24:00

Buitenkant and Tennant

Closed – resident and business access only

09:00 – 20:00

Hout Street

Burg and Adderley

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Longmarket Street

Burg and Plein

Closed – resident and business access only

07:00 – 22:00

Plein and Corporation

Closed – resident and business access only

00:00 – 24:00

Lower Plein Street

Strand and Darling

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Castle and Darling

Closed – deliveries permitted

00:00 – 24:00

Parade Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

00:00 – 24:00

Longmarket and Caledon

Closed – resident and business access only

00:00 – 24:00

Parliament Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Plein Street

Darling and Longmarket

Road closed

07:00 – 22:00

Sir Lowry Road

Tennant and Darling

Closed – resident and business access only

09:00 – 20:00

No parking will be permitted on the above roads during the indicated times. Access to and egress from parking garages will be allowed for permit-holders.

Detailed information is available from the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63 or atwww.capetown.gov.za



Obituary: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013

It is with deep sadness that the Government has learnt of the passing of the father of South Africa’s democracy – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on 5 December 2013.

He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.

The man who was to become one of the world's greatest icons was born in Mvezo, Transkei on 18 July 1918, to Nongaphi Nosekeni and Henry Gadla Mandela. His father was the key counsellor/advisor to the Thembu royal house.

After his father's death in 1927, the young Rolihlahla became the ward of Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu nation. It was at the Thembu royal homestead that his personality, values and political views were shaped. There can be no doubt that the young man went on to bring about some of the most significant and remarkable changes in South African history and politics.

It is through Mandela that the world cast its eyes on South Africa and took notice of the severe and organized repression of black South Africans. Yet it was also through Mandela that the world would learn the spirit of endurance, the triumph of forgiveness and the beauty of reconciliation. Indeed, the story of Nelson Mandela is so much the story of South Africa.

When he was only 25 years old, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress. His political career would span decades more – as he himself said: "The struggle is my life." The young Mandela also qualified and practiced as a lawyer.

Together with Oliver Tambo he opened the first black legal practice in Johannesburg.

Mandela married Evelyn Nomathamsanqa Mase in 1945. They were married for fourteen years and had four children: Thembekile (1946), Makaziwe (1947), who died at nine months, Makgatho (1951) and Makaziwe (1954). The couple divorced in 1958.

He was instrumental in the formation of the radical African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the 1940s which was determined to change the face of politics. Mandela was elected the league's National Secretary in 1948 and President in 1952.

Much of the years that followed saw Mandela deeply involved in activism, rallying for political change against the increasingly aggressive apartheid government. He was a key player in the ANC's Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952 and the Treason Trial in 1961. During this time he was incarcerated several times under the apartheid laws and banned from political activity. Realising that the ANC needed to prepare for more intensive struggle, he became an instrumental force behind the formation of a new section of the liberation movement, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), as an armed nucleus with a view to preparing for armed struggle. Mandela was commander in chief of MK.

On 14 June 1958 Nelson and Winnie Madikizela were married at a local Bizana church. They had two children, Zenani (1958) Zindziswa (1960). In April 1992 they were separated and finally divorced in 1996.

He left the country in 1962 and traveled abroad to arrange guerilla training for members of Umkhonto weSizwe. On his return to South Africa he was arrested for illegal exiting the country and incitement to strike. Mandela decided to represent himself in court.

While on trial, Mandela was charged with sabotage in the Rivonia Trial. This is his famous statement from the dock made in 1964: "I have fought against White domination, and I have fought against Black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

In the same year Mandela and the other accused were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial and sent to Robben Island, near Cape Town. While in prison, Mandela rejected offers made by his jailers to be released on condition that he renounced violence. "Prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Only free men can negotiate," he said. He served a total of 27 years in prison for his conviction to fight apartheid and its injustices.

Released on 11 February 1990, Mandela plunged wholeheartedly into his life's work, striving to attain the goals he and others had set out almost four decades earlier. In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after being banned for decades, Nelson Mandela was elected President of the ANC while his lifelong friend and colleague, Oliver Tambo, became the organisation's National Chairperson.

In a life that symbolises the triumph of the human spirit, Nelson Mandela accepted the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize (along with FW de Klerk) on behalf of all South Africans who suffered and sacrificed so much to bring peace to our land.

The era of apartheid formally came to an end on the April 27, 1994, when Nelson Mandela voted for the first time in his life – along with his people. However, long before that date it had become clear, even before the start of negotiations at the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park, that the ANC was increasingly charting the future of South Africa.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated as President of a democratic South Africa on 10 May 1994.

This world icon worked tirelessly even after the achievement of democracy in South Africa to continue improving lives. Even as he retired from politics, his attention shifted to social issues such as HIV and AIDs and the wellbeing of the nation's children. As a testimony to his sharp political intellect, wisdom and unrelenting commitment to make the world a better place, Mandela formed the prestigious group called The Elders – an independent group of eminent global leaders, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

Mr Mandela is survived by his wife Graça, three daughters and 18 grandchildren