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Nelson mandela: The archive


Welcome to the Nelson Mandela news archive. Read the stories, listen to the speeches, watch the videos and see the slideshows.

Speeches and audio

Speeches and audio

This collection of exclusive audio clips has been provided courtesy of former radio correspondent Paddi Clay.

The transcripts have been provided by www.anc.org.za

The sound clips were recorded during the 1990's and highlight key moments after Mandela's release from prison and his thoughts on a variety of social, economic and political issues
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Letters

Letters

Difficult financial constraints and interference by the authorities made it for Mandela to see his family. Writing letters was a practical way of conducting his affairs with the outside world and a way of maintaining an emotional bond to those closest to him. Here are some extracts courtesy of www.sahistory.org from "Higher than Hope", by Fatima Meer (1988).
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A Life in pictures

A life in pictures

Watch Nelson Mandela's life through the lens. These images are courtesy of Peter Magubane, Jonathan Shapiro, Sean O'Toole and photographers from the Sunday Times and The Times.
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Archive image: Minding Madiba

Minding Madiba

Former Sunday Times social writer Gwen Gill sat down with Nelson Mandela's spokesperson and assistant, Zelda la Grange to talk about her experiences.
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Apartheid Museum

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu opened the Mandela Exhibition at The Apartheid Museum. The mobile exhibition includes photographs and videos celebrating the life and times of Nelson Mandela.
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Mandela statues

Nelson Mandela has been honoured with statues in major cities.
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Front Pages Slideshow

Look at the Sunday Times front pages that carried stories about Nelson Mandela over the years.
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Archive image: Madiba the brand

Madiba the brand

Journalist Shaun O'Toole looks at how the image and name of Nelson Mandela has taken on brand status.
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Mandela's Photographer

Veteran South African photographer Peter Magubane speaks about his years as Madiba's official photographer. To coincide with Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, Magubane published a photographic tribute featuring exclusive images.
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Family controversies

The Mandela name has been associated with a variety of scandals, battles, feuds and media furores. We have selected a few of the most significant.
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Madiba's very own coin

The South African Reserve Bank, together with the South African Mint Company, the Ministry of Finance and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, launched a R5 coin to mark Nelson Mandela's birthday.
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A life in cartoons

Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund

The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund was established in 1995, with the vision of improving the lives of children and the youth. The fund also operates in four other countries. Learn more here