Nelson Mandela

New Mandela tapestry for airport

A tapestry of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at Cape Town International Airport. Travellers touching down at the international arrivals hall will be welcomed by the Flying Madiba, created as a tribute to his work towards improving human rights for all.

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Nelson Mandela: leader among leaders

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. His role in fighting apartheid and his ability to steer South Africa through the crisis of its rebirth earned him a world reputation as a statesman and peacemaker.


Graça Machel helps reduce world hunger

South Africa's former first lady, Graça Machel celebrated her 70th birthday a little early by working on a cause – to help end world hunger. She took part in a meal packing drive in her home country of Mozambique and worked with the Stop Hunger Now organisation.


UN launches Mandela Rules for prisoners

The United Nations has launched revised guidelines on the treatment of prisoners worldwide, to ensure they are treated humanely and with dignity. Named after Madiba, the Nelson Mandela Rules outline the rights of prisoners and act as a blueprint for the protection of prisoner rights.


Mandela inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

elson Mandela has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame for using the sport as a way to build a divided nation. The ceremony took place on Saturday, ahead of the Springboks' taking on – and beating – Scotland in a Pool B group match in the Rugby World Cup.

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Mandela profile

Find out more about one of the great moral and political leaders of our time.

Mandela timeline

From 18 July 1918 through to the present: the essential Nelson Mandela dates.

Mandela books

How many books can one man inspire? Here are snap reviews of some of the classics.

Mandela gallery

An international hero ... as well as a son, husband, father and grandfather.

Fight against Aids is in our hands

The global campaign to raise awareness of Aids and funds to fight the pandemic in southern Africa.