Former president

Watch: Nelson Mandela on how Anne Frank’s diary inspired him

Anne Frank was an inspiration to Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment on Robben Island. In celebration of Mandela Month, see this video where Mandela...

Graca Machel launches Mandela Day at community-built township school

"We should reach out to each other." This was the message Graca Machel, global activist and widow of South African statesman and international icon...

Mbeki to reach out to African diaspora

Former president Thabo Mbeki has thrown his weight behind Africa's brain gain, which he believes can spark an African Renaissance. He will be among numerous important guests at the Speed Meet Jozi in Sandton today. It is hosted by Homecoming Revolution and Brand South Africa.

Qunu residents share their ‘Madiba moments’

Residents in Qunu, the tiny village in the Eastern Cape that Nelson Mandela always called home, this week shared their memories of the former president, recalling how humble he was and the excitement they felt when meeting the world's most admired leader.

Mandela to be laid to rest in Qunu on 15 December

Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday, 15 December following a week of national mourning, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday. The official memorial service for Mandela will take place at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 10 December.

Crowds continue to gather outside Mandela’s home

As the country's flags were lowered to half-mast on Friday, South Africans from all walks of life continued to arrive at the corner of 4th and 12th Avenue in Houghton, Johannesburg to pay their respects outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela.

South Africa ‘has lost its greatest son’

"This is the moment of our deepest sorrow," President Jacob Zuma said as he announced the passing of former president Nelson Mandela in a live address on national television shortly before midnight on Thursday: "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

‘Tata, you are in our prayers’

BRAND South Africa joined the rest of the country on Monday in welcoming the news of former president Nelson Mandela's release from hospital, saying it shared the joy of Mandela's family and wishing him "peace and comfort" at his home in Johannesburg.


Renovated Mandela archive

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory “needs to be interpreted in new ways by new generations”. The objective of the revamped centre is to document the fragmented Mandela archive, and “ultimately to ensure it is made available to the public”.
Robben Island revisited digitally

Forum of Africa’s elder statesmen

A select club of former African heads of state, chaired by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano and with former South African president Nelson Mandela as its patron, has been established as an informal network to help strategise plans for the development of the continent.