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"Bridge the chasm, use tolerance and compassion, be inclusive not exclusive, build dignity and pride, encourage freedom of expression to create a civil society for unity and peace." ~ #NelsonMandela during the Opening of the Cultural Development Congress at the Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 April 1993 #LivingTheLegacy #MadibaRemembered 
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"I didn’t want to be presented in a way that omits the dark spots in my life." ~ #NelsonMandela from a conversation with Richard Stengel, 16 March 1993 #LivingTheLegacy #MadibaRemembered 
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No matter how small the action, we all have ability to make a difference in the life of someone less fortunate. How will you serve humankind today? #Ubuntu #Humanity #Service 
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"It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build." ~ #NelsonMandela during the 6th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, Soweto, South Africa, 12 July 2008 #LivingTheLegacy #MadibaRemembered 
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The #NelsonMandela Tributes Database consists of tributes, honours and awards bestowed on the late Mr Nelson Mandela. It includes tributes he received while in prison, after his release, while he was President of South Africa, during his retirement and posthumously.

A distinction has been made between “awards” and “tributes”. Tributes relate to entities named after Mr Mandela or dedicated to him. Awards and tributes are each organised into the following types (each type has been organised into more specific categories, which are also searchable.

This database is a work in progress. While every effort has been made to verify entries, it has not always been possible. Furthermore, the database does not represent a comprehensive list of all tributes received by the late Mr Mandela. Please contact us with any errors, omissions or additions:

Please note, Nelson Mandela, or the Nelson Mandela Foundation, have not authorised the use of Mr Mandela’s name or endorsed organisations, institutions, products, or individuals included in this database. 
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Let us start changing our world for the better by making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate #Ubuntu #Humanity #Service

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On this day, 20 January 1962 #NelsonMandela and Joe Matthews met with John Mwankangale MP, a member of the Tanganyika African Union 
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Dr Rama Naidoo asks us, “what is your commitment to writing a new story for all South Africans?”

Write your own story #ProjectRise 
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On this day, 19 January 1962 #NelsonMandela and Joe Matthews flew to Mbeya in Tanzania 
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"Take it upon yourself where you live to make people around you joyful and full of hope." ~ #NelsonMandela speaking at the Opening of the Zola Clinic, Soweto, South Africa, 7 March 2002 #LivingTheLegacy #MadibaRemembered 
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We all have the ability & the responsibility to change the world for the better. How are you making a difference? #Service #Humanity #Ubuntu 
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Contributing to a just society by keeping alive the legacy of Nelson Mandela

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory delivers the core-work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 to support its Founder’s ongoing engagement in worthy causes on his retirement as President of South Africa. The Foundation is registered as a trust, with its board of trustees comprising prominent South Africans selected by the Founder.

The Centre of Memory was inaugurated by Nelson Mandela on 21 September 2004, and endorsed as the core work of the Foundation in 2006. The Centre focuses on three areas of work: the Life and Time of Nelson Mandela, Dialogue for Social Justice and Nelson Mandela International Day. The Centre works closely with its sister organisations, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. It co-ordinates its activities with those of other institutions that have a stake in its Founder’s legacy, including the 46664 Campaign, the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Robben Island Museum.

The Centre focuses on three areas of work:

The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela:

Memory resources documenting the life and times of Nelson Mandela are to be found in an extraordinary range of locations, both within South Africa and internationally. These resources are embedded in various legal and other jurisdictions. The Centre of Memory:

  • Locates, documents and promotes the preservation of these scattered resources
  • Collects and curates Mr Mandela’s personal archive
  • Promotes public access to these resources
  • Facilitates research by individuals and institutions
  • Utilises an array of information-delivery platforms to make information available to global and local audiences
Dialogue for Justice:

Dialogue is fundamental to the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Dialogue is at once a vital instrument for addressing critical social issues and the most effective vehicle for sharing memory, for growing it, and for engaging it in the promotion of justice. The Centre of Memory:

  • Provides dialogical platforms for all its memory work
  • Undertakes research and initiates advocacy on critical social issues impacting on its mandate
  • Hosts or convenes dialogue processes
  • Promotes coordination, resource-sharing and collaboration between memory institutions
  • Disseminates the results and lessons learned from dialogue processes
Nelson Mandela International Day:

If the legacy of Nelson Mandela’s life and work is to be dynamic, it must be “owned” by current and future generations. It must be accessible to everyone, and applied in constantly changing contexts of time and place. The Mandela Day campaign was inaugurated as such a vehicle to achieve this. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. The campaign’s slogan is: “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” Individuals and organisations are free to participate in Mandela Day as they wish. We do, however, urge them to find inspiration for their contribution in the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to adhere to the ethical framework of “service to one’s fellow human”.

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