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Bill Gates to deliver 2016 Nelson Mandela Lecture

Since the inaugural Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in 2003, speakers have been notable global leaders in their field. This year will be no different. Microsoft co-founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates will deliver the 14th annual lecture on the eve of Mandela Day.

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SA artists erect Mandela statue in Palestine

To mark 22 years of freedom, three South African artists have created a six-metre statue of Nelson Mandela in Ramallah, Palestine. The project was funded by the City of Johannesburg as a symbol of commitment to lasting peace in the Middle East, said Joburg mayor Parks Tau.

Joburg honours struggle icons

The city of Joburg honoured two of its greatest residents, giving them the Freedom of the City. George Bizos and Andrew Mlangeni received the honour for their role in contributing to South Africa's freedom – "one a defender and the other a member of the defending legal team".

Story of Madiba and Zelda set for the big screen

The best-selling book by Zelda la Grange that covers the years she spent as the private secretary to Nelson Mandela during and after his presidency is set to become a film, with the rights to the book optioned by Bafta- and Golden Globe-winning US production company Maven Pictures.

South Africa tackles racism

There was a need for a multi-pronged approach to deal with racism in South Africa, said Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the launch Anti-Racism Week, an initiative announced by the newly established Anti-Racism Network South Africa.

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