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I know this to be true: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Throughout her legal career—spanning nearly five decades—Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been an unwavering force for progress and a leading voice for equality and justice.
With a disarming honesty, Ginsburg discusses everything from gender equality and fitness to literature and the importance of hard work. The inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the US Supreme Court, embodies the power of persistence and integrity. Here, she reflects on her many years of service to the law, as well as her family life and struggle with cancer.

Schlatterer, Heike

Budapest establishes a park in Honor of Nelson Mandela

Budapest establishes a memorial park in honour of Nelson Mandela on the northern slope of Gellért Hill, the Mayor’s Office. Nelson Mandela Park, occupying 5,000sqm of lawns and a wooded area, will be the city’s first permanent landscaped artwork. The 9.4 million forint (EUR 24,000) park will be inaugurated on July 18, International Mandela Day.

History of South Africa: From 1902 to the Present

South Africa was born in war, has been cursed by crises and ruptures, and today stands on a precipice once again. This book explores the country's tumultuous journey from the Second Anglo-Boer War to 2021. Drawing on diaries, letters, oral testimony and diplomatic reports, Thula Simpson follows the South African people through the battles, elections, repression, resistance, strikes, insurrections, massacres, crashes and epidemics that have shaped the nation.

Tracking South Africa's path from colony to Union and from apartheid to democracy, Simpson documents the influence of key figures including Jan Smuts, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, P.W. Botha, Thabo Mbeki and Cyril Ramaphosa. He offers detailed accounts of watershed events like the 1922 Rand Revolt, the Defiance Campaign, Sharpeville, the Soweto uprising and the Marikana massacre. He sheds light on the roles of Gandhi, Churchill, Castro and Thatcher, and explores the impact of the World Wars, the armed struggle and the Border War. Simpson's history charts the post-apartheid transition and the phases of ANC rule, from Rainbow Nation to transformation; state capture to 'New Dawn'. Along the way, it reveals the divisions and solidarities of sport; the nation's economic travails; and painful pandemics, from the Spanish flu to AIDS and Covid-19.

Simpson, Thula

I know this to be true: Jacinda Ardern

I Know This to Be True: Jacinda Ardern is an interview with politician, feminist, and champion for social equality Jacinda Ardern.
As the fortieth prime minister of New Zealand, Ardern epitomizes the modern leader.
This landmark interview series offers encouragement and guidance to graduates, future leaders, and anyone hoping to make a positive impact on the world.

Schlatterer, Heike

Dear Comrade President: Oliver Tambo and the Foundations of South Africa’s Constitution

In his annual presidential address on 8 January 1986, ANC president Oliver Tambo called on South Africans to make apartheid ungovernable through armed action and militant struggle. But unknown to the world, on that very day, the quiet-spoken mathematics teacher and aspirant priest turned reluctant revolutionary had also set up a secret think tank in Lusaka, which he named the Constitution Committee, giving it an ‘ad hoc unique exercise’ that had ‘no precedent in the history of the movement’.

Knowing that all wars end at a negotiating table, and judging the balance of forces to be moving in favour of the liberation movement, Tambo wanted the

ANC to hold the initiative after the fall of apartheid. Assisted by Pallo Jordan, he instructed his new think tank to formulate the principles and draft the outlines of a constitution that could unite South Africa when the time came to talk in the fledgling days of freedom and democracy. The seven-member team, including Albie Sachs, Kader Asmal and Zola Skweyiya, started deliberating and reporting to Tambo. In correspondence, they typically addressed him as ‘Dear Comrade President’.

Drawing on the personal archives of participants, Dear Comrade President explains how the purposeful first steps were taken in the making of South Africa’s Constitution. Why and how did this process happen? What were the first written words? When and where were they put on paper? By whom? What values did they espouse? And how did the committee’s work fit into the broader struggle? This book answers these questions in new, paradigm-shifting ways.

Odendaal, Andre

A Life in Ten Pictures: Nelson Mandela

A Life In Ten Pictures is a major six-part series called that celebrates the life and legacy of six internationally-renowned figures – each of whom helped define the era they lived in and whose stories continue to resonate with audiences today. Each of the six films featured one extraordinary individual and brought their story to life through 10 compelling photographs.

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation commemorates the 9th Anniversary of Madiba’s Passing through its One Million Tree Campaign, 2022.012.05, Riverlea: [Set of 47 Still images]

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Joburg City Parks & Zoo have collaborated to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the passing of Madiba. Over the years, the Foundation has marked the event through dialogue on critical social issues. This year the celebration was marked by a special Nelson Mandela Day convening, opening a park in the Riverlea community. The park will stand in honour of Madiba's legacy, and the values that he espoused. It will be the tangible site for our One Million Tree Campaign, which aims to promote environmental justice, and food security and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Abrahams, Earl

Opening of the Jukskei Park in Riverlea in honour of Nelson Mandela

The Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with Johannesburg City Parks, Zoo, Old Mutual, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Forest, Fisheries and the Environment, Green Development Foundation, Meals on Wheels Community Services South Africa, as well as Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa commemorated the 9th anniversary of struggle icon Nelson Mandela’s passing by officially opening the Jukskei Park in Riverlea, in Johannesburg. The park will also be the symbolic home for the foundation’s ‘One Million Tree Campaign’, which aims to promote environmental justice and food security, while mitigating the impact of climate change.

20th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture by Mia Mottley, 2022.11.12, eThekwini: [Set of 1059 Still images]

The Honourable Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, delivered the 20th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, in eThekwini on 12 November 2022, in solidarity with the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. She addressed the theme: Social Bonding and Decolonisation in the Context of the Climate Crisis: Perspectives from the Global South.

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Mandela: The Lost Tapes

Mandela: The Lost Tapes, an inspiring story featuring rare, unheard audio of 20th-century icon Nelson Mandela. The documentary reveals never-before-heard audio from Stengel’s interviews with the Nobel Prize winner, freedom fighter, and former South African president. Hours of rare recordings detail the turning points of Mandela’s life, key moments that shaped a revolution and the man who was to bring freedom to his nation.
In this Audible Original, Stengel relives his intimate chats with Mandela, attempting to answer the questions ‘What made Nelson Mandela who he is?’ and ‘How can the rest of us be more like him?’
In Stengel’s own words: “It’s partly the story about how Mandela and I wrote his memoir, Long Walk to Freedom. But much more than that, it’s a story about our unusual friendship, my struggle to learn who Mandela really was, and my quest to understand what makes a human being great.”
Mandela: The Lost Tapes provides an intimate look at who Nelson Mandela was beyond his carefully curated public persona. Through Mandela’s own words, he reveals his extraordinary journey to becoming one of the greatest leaders in modern history.

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Gandhi and Mandela: Born in the R.S.A

An original, well researched and illustrated book, which sheds new light on the influence which Mahatma Gandhi may have had on Nelson Mandela – entitled Gandhi and Mandela: Born in the R.S.A.
Based on some thirty years of research, Haswell puts forward three propositions:

Firstly, that both Gandhi and Mandela, suit-wearing attorneys, were transformed and reborn as political leaders, by life changing experiences in the city of Pietermaritzburg – hence the title Born in the R.S.A.;
Secondly, that as a youthful leader Mandela certainly adopted the nonviolent campaign strategies developed by Gandhi; and,
Thirdly, that in the treason trials which Mandela had to endure, his courtroom demeanour, legal tactics, and even phrases such as “ if needs be I am prepared to die”, so closely resemble those used by Gandhi, in South African courts, some fifty years earlier, that the author contends that Mandela can be considered to be a legal disciple of Gandhi.

Haswell, Robert

Nelson Mandela Statue unveiled in Nambule, Uganda

Nelson Mandela Statue unveiled in Nambule in front of the Mandela National Stadium, Uganda. People across Africa are embracing the chance to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life in the month of July. In Uganda, a statue of the African icon was unveiled. The statue is a half figure of the African icon wearing his famous Madiba shirt. South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor was in Uganda for the unveiling.

South Africa and Uganda have strong ties dating back to the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. Uganda hosted and trained South African anti-apartheid activists and freedom fighters in the late 1980s. Minister Pandor described the statue as a fitting tribute to the strong relationship between the two countries.

Oppressive Pasts and Healing: From othering to belonging, 2022.06.23, Houghton: [Set of 54 Still images]

On the 23rd of June, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory hosted a handover ceremony in which Lourens and Lorato Labuschagne donated their Apartheid South African flag to the Nelson Mandela Foundation archives in exchange for the new South African flag. The ceremony was followed by an insightful and moving panel discussion with the Labuschagnes, Candice Mama, author of Forgiveness Redefined: A Young Woman’s Journey Towards Forgiving the Apartheid Assassin who Brutally Murdered Her Father and Gaongalelwe Tiro, author of Parcel of Death: The Biography of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, facilitated by the Foundation’s Verne Harris.

Abrahams, Earl

Handover ceremony of documentation of Dr. Nelson Mandela’s Honorary Degree Diploma at his Investiture as Doctor of Laws Soochow University, 2022.04.12, Houghton: [Set of 53 Still images]

Handover of photos of Nelson Mandela receiving an Honorary Degree Diploma by Soochow University. These photos including two certificates were handed over by Anthony Ho (Ambassador and Taiwanese representative to South Africa), Dr. Wei-ta Pan (President of Soochow University) and Director Angel Y.C.L Wu (Taiwan Foundation for Democracy) to the Chief Executive of the Foundation Sello Hatang during a handover ceremony that was held in the NMF auditorium on the 12th of April 2022.

Arends, Ethel

Anant Singh in Black and White book launch held at Sanctuary Mandela, 2022.03.08, Houghton: [Set of 205 Still images]

On the 8th of March 2022, the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted an event to promote the recently published memoir of internationally renowned filmmaker Anant Singh, in partnership with Sanctuary Mandela. In conversation with Anant was internationally lauded South African anti-apartheid activist, actress, poet, director and author, Gcina Mhlope, and iconic South African musician and composer, Caiphus Semenya. The Foundation’s Chief Executive, Sello Hatang, facilitated the discussion.

Mhlambi, Simphiwe

Angola Deputy President Bornito de Sousa and his spouse Maria José Rodrigues Ferreira Diogo visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2022.02.24, Houghton: [Set of 78 Still images]

Angola Deputy President Bornito de Sousa and his spouse Maria José Rodrigues Ferreira Diogo visiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation accompanied by Angola Ambassador in South Africa HE Mariam Filomena Delgado. The guests received a guided tour of Nelson Mandela's post presidential office, Nelson Mandela Life and Times Exhibition and Negotiating Democracy Exhibition by Razia Saleh (NMF Director of Archive and Research). The guests also visited Sanctuary Mandela.

Dakada, Mandlenkosi

Dereck Joubert from National Geographics Science and Exploration and family visiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2022.02.14, Houghton: [Set of 123 Still images]

Dereck Joubert from National Geographics Science and Exploration and family visiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Nelson Mandela Foundation Executive Officer Sello Hatang gave the guests a guided tour of Nelson Mandela Office, Nelson Mandela Life and Times Exhibition and the Archive.

Molelekoa, Sophia

Kaizer Chiefs veterans visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2022.02.01, Houghton: [Set of 189 Still images]

Kaizer Chiefs veterans visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation and given a guided tour of Nelson Mandela's post presidential office, Nelson Mandela Life and Times permanent exhibition, and the Archive by the Nelson Mandela Foundation Executive Officer Sello Hatang. Mr Sello Hatang also gave the veterans a guided tour of Sanctuary Mandela.

Arends, Ethel

Former President of Botswana Ian Khama and his family visiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 2022.01.13, Houghton: [Set of 86 Still images]

Former President of Botswana Ian Khama and his family visiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation and receive a guided tour of the Nelson Mandela Life and Times permanent exhibition and Negotiating democracy temporarily exhibition, and the Archive by the Nelson Mandela Foundation Executive Officer Sello Hatang. The Khama family was taken on a guided tour at Sanctuary Mandela together with a Board of trustees Professor Tshilidzi Marwala.

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Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South African Shack Settlements

Can people who live in shantytowns, shacks and favelas teach us anything about democracy? About how to govern society in a way that is inclusive, participatory and addresses popular needs? This book argues that they can. In a study conducted in dozens of South Africa's shack settlements, where more than 9 million people live, Trevor Ngwane finds thriving shack dwellers' committees that govern local life, are responsive to popular needs and provide a voice for the community. These committees, called 'amakomiti' in the Zulu language, organise the provision of basic services such as water, sanitation, public works and crime prevention especially during settlement establishment. Amakomiti argues that, contrary to common perception, slum dwellers are in fact an essential part of the urban population, whose political agency must be recognised and respected. In a world searching for democratic alternatives that serve the many and not the few, it is to the shantytowns, rather than the seats of political power, that we should turn.

Ngwane, Trevor

Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, capitalism was stuck. It had no answers to a host of problems, including disease, inequality, the digital divide and, perhaps most blatantly, the environmental crisis. Taking her inspiration from the 'moonshot' programmes which successfully co-ordinated public and private sectors on a massive scale, Mariana Mazzucato calls for the same level of boldness and experimentation to be applied to the biggest problems of our time. We must, she argues, rethink the capacities and role of government within the economy and society, and above all recover a sense of public purpose. Mission Economy, whose ideas are already being adopted around the world, offers a way out of our impasse to a more optimistic future.

Mazzucato, Mariana

Reinforcing Constitutional Values in the 6th term: We are running out of time!

The book reminds South Africans about the Constitutional values which are pillars against which human rights and constitutional obligations lean and how they guide deeper understanding of constitutional principles.

The book serves to help the public to understand the Constitution and its imperatives better – to understand what went wrong in the past 27 years (actions and omissions) in relation to the upholding of constitutional values – and to understand what ought to have been done! And how that ought to have been done.

It identifies the conduct that delayed and delays performance of constitutional obligations especially owing to lack of diligence and disregard for constitutional values and principles by those occupying public office.

It reminds all citizens and office bearers that the Constitution is not a document of convenience. And exposes how those occupying public office including public servants fail to: use and abide by the law; and uphold the Constitution to ensure the realisation of human rights and perform constitutional obligations.

Parliament, provincial legislatures, municipal councils, the Executive, boards, members of commissions, accounting officers, managers and employees are recounted what they out to have done and how they ought to have conducted themselves.

Court judgments, investigation reports and reports of commissions of enquiry are used to evince and expose how constitutional values were disregarded and weakened.

The book assesses and encourages a high standard of ethics, professionalism, integrity, good governance and constitutionalism, and diligence in the performance of constitutional obligations.

It further suggests interventions and recommendations inter-alia the restructuring of the constitutional and legislative framework of certain constitutional bodies and statutory bodies such as Chapter 9 institutions and PANSALB towards a diligent and speedy realisation of human rights and service delivery, and thus uphold constitutional values.

Sedupane, Kgositoi Aubrey

The Nation's Gift in Nelson Mandela

The book looks into the strategies and tactics used by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela when leading his South African contemporaries into the liberation struggle against the evil system of apartheid from 1941 until his arrest near Howick in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, on 5th August 1962.

Motsepe, Hlabirwa Japhet

A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela's Hope for his Nation

As Nelson Mandela lived and worked under the unjust system of apartheid, his desire for freedom grew. South Africa separated people by races, oppressing the country's non-white citizens with abusive laws and cruel restrictions. Every day filled Mandela with grief and anger. But he also had hope--hope for a nation that belonged to everyone who lived in it.

From his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to his extraordinary rise to the presidency, Nelson Mandela was a rallying force against injustice. This stirring biography explores Mandela's long fight for equality and the courage that propelled him through decades of struggle. Illustrated in the bold, bright colors of South Africa, A Plan for the People captures the spirit of a leader beloved around the world.

McDivitt, Lindsey

In Black and White: A Memoir

This extraordinary memoir is a story of professional relationships - with Hollywood moguls and of friendships - with mentors including Ahmed Kathrada, Fatima and Ismail Meer and Nelson Mandela, as well as with superstars such as Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, Amitabh Bachchan, Denzel Washington and Idris Elba. And it is a testament to determination, courage and perseverance- to speak up and speak out through the powerful medium of film.

Singh, Anant

In Black and White: A Memoir

This extraordinary memoir is a story of professional relationships - with Hollywood moguls and of friendships - with mentors including Ahmed Kathrada, Fatima and Ismail Meer and Nelson Mandela, as well as with superstars such as Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, Amitabh Bachchan, Denzel Washington and Idris Elba. And it is a testament to determination, courage and perseverance- to speak up and speak out through the powerful medium of film.

Singh, Anant

Robben Island Rainbow Dreams: The making of Democratic South Africa's First National Heritage Institution

The book offers the first intimate, behind-the-scenes account of the ongoing saga of the making of democratic South Africa's first national heritage institution. In doing so, it draws on the perspectives of historians, architects, visiting artists, ex-political prisoners, residents of the island and a host of heritage professionals, including debates on Mandelarisation and commemorating Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe.

Lekgotla laga Ramoupi, Neo

Breakthrough: The Struggles and Secret Talks that Brought Apartheid South Africa to the Negotiating Table

Breakthrough sheds new light on the process that led to the formal negotiations. Focusing on the years before 1990, the book reveals the skirmishes that took place away from the public glare, as the principal adversaries engaged in a battle of positions that carved a pathway to the negotiating table. Drawing from material in the prison files of Nelson Mandela, minutes of the meetings of the ANC Constitutional Committee, the NWC and the NEC, notes about the Mells Park talks led by Professor Willie Esterhuyse and Thabo Mbeki, communications between Oliver Tambo and Operation Vula, the Kobie Coetsee Papers, the Broederbond archives and numerous other sources, the authors have pieced together a definitive account of these historic developments. While most accounts of South Africa's transition deal with what happened during the formal negotiations, Breakthrough demonstrates that an account of how the opposing parties reached the negotiating table in the first place is indispensable for an understanding of how South Africa broke free from a spiralling war and began the journey to democracy.

Maharaj, Mac

Diplomacy of Change from Apartheid to Democracy

The author's memoir reflects the journey of a fellow traveller through a certain period of time - it is not about an individual but about the journey. Jacobs Dawie's journey will resonate with some, and perhaps not with others. The memoir connects with the fields of history that he ended up traversing. There is both humour and pain, two vital ingredients of life. An honest memoir should draw a smile as well as a tear.

Jacobs, Dawie

I am A Man: A Memoir

Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha always felt like an outsider in his family. At the age of 58 he discovers who his real father is. Suddenly his search for identity makes sense. He gives us a glimpse into his family life; his love for his wife and kids, as well as tracing the highlights and disappointments in his career. Along the way he learns some very important lessons on manhood. This is a memoir, but also a challenge to South African men to live out their masculinity in a responsible way.

Mofokeng wa Makhetha, Jerry

Nelson Mandela Memorial Amsterdam: Gedenkteken

The Nelson Mandela Memorial Amsterdamm was unveiled on Sunday the 5th September 2021. The bronze statue was created by South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng. The process of realizing the Nelson Mandela Memorial Amsterdam is explained in this book through photographs and texts.

CBK Zuidoost

Poli Poli

Poli Poli is a remarkable history that speaks to African identity, close family bonds, belonging, struggle and sacrifice, women's rights and femininity, and is written with the lyricism and transporting detail of one of the country's greatest wordsmiths.
Barbara Masekela powerfully conveys the realities of life under apartheid and illustrates the features and characteristics of life in a coal mining community like KwaGuqa in the 1940s, Alexandra township in the 1950s, and one of the oldest girls-only schools in KwaZulu-Natal, Inanda Seminary. The memoir follows her grandmother, a beer brewer and seller who lived through the aftermath of the South African War; her professional parents' determination to secure opportunities and safety for their children at a time when the state was shutting doors on the black people; and her university stint in Lesotho and departure into exile to Ghana in 1963.

Masekela, Barbara

Event organised by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) to commemorate Mahlangu v Minister of Labour court case, 2021.11.04, Houghton: [Set of 28 Still images]

The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) organised an event to commemorate Mahlangu v Minister of Labour court case. In Mahlangu v Minister of Labour, the Court declared the constitutional invalidity of section 1(xix)(v) of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA), which excluded domestic workers employed in private households from the definition of "employee", thus precluding them from claiming from the Compensation Fund for work-related injuries, illness or death. Significantly, the Court also ruled that the order of constitutional invalidity is to have immediate and retrospective effect from 27 April 1994, which means domestic workers and dependants who have experienced work-related injuries, diseases or death as far back as 27 April 1994 are also able to submit claims.

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Frontline Exhibition, 2021.10.29,Houghton: [Set of 33 Still Images]

The Frontline exhibition creator assumes a very critical stance regarding the use of images in our society, defining these historical moments as indicative of a “lobotomised era of 'tourism' on the other’s pain”. In total there are eleven photographs depicting different scenes in different locations where conflict has ravaged a country. A child wearing a gas mask, a group of women clad in hijab, a boy playing with a tire in the street.

Tshabalala, Lerato

When Mr Mandela Came To Town

The book was inspired by President Mandela’s visit to Brixton as the newly elected President of South Africa, 25 years ago on July 12th. The book, was written for children aged 6-7 years and upwards and alongside the creative retelling of the author’s experience, comprises a comprehension quiz, creative activities and glossary to aid children’s learning making it a great resource for schools.

Garda, Yusuf Chubb

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