Since Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in June 2008, the Nelson Mandela Day has been celebrated worldwide to honour Mr Mandela’s dedicated life’s work and that of his charitable organisations & to ensure his legacy continues forever.
The Mandela Day campaign message:
- Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity – can you give 67 minutes of your time, to your chosen charity or serving your local community, to change the world into a better place.
President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
- In 1993 Mr Mandela and President FW de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize and on 27 April 1994 he voted for the first time in his life.
- On 10 May 1994 he was inaugurated South Africa’s first democratically elected President.
- True to his promise Nelson Mandela stepped down in 1999 after one term as President. He continued to work with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund he set up in 1995 and established the Nelson Mandela Foundation and The Mandela-Rhodes Foundation.
What is Apartheid?
Apartheid is “the state of being apart” – a system of racial segregation enforced through legislation by the National Party (NP) governments from 1948 to 1994 in South Africa
- The rights of the majority black inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed and white supremacy and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained.
- Apartheid was developed after World War II by the Afrikaner-dominated National Party and Broederbond organisations.
Apartheid was also practised in South West Africa, which was administered by South Africa under a League of Nations mandate – until it gained independence as Namibia in 1990.
Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18th July 1918.
Primary school, in Qunu, teacher Miss Mdingane named Rolihlahla “Nelson”, a “Christian” name.
The Xhosa clan name of Madiba or as Tata meaning Father; he is often described as “the father of the nation”.
If you what to read more about Mr Mandela’s life & work, visit: http://www.nelsonmandela.org
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