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Nelson Mandela Foundation

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999 to promote Mandela's vision of freedom and equality for all.[1] The chairman is professor Njabulo Ndebele.[2]


The vision of Nelson Mandela Foundation is to contribute to building a society that remembers its past, listens to all voices, and pursues social justice for all.[3] Mandela was born on 18 July 1918, in a village called Mvezo in the Transkei area of southern Africa. He established the Truth and Commission, providing a safe place to investigate post-human abuses, avoiding civil wars, and bloodshed. He established measures to combat poverty and expand health care services. He stated that what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived, it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. He aided the South African Reserve Bank in slashing inflation by more than 7% in five years. He used sports to bring the racially divided country together. He helped to lead the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1952 campaign for the defence of Unjust laws. He prompted the manifesto known as the Freedom Charter. 10


The foundation was created in 1999 by Nelson Mandela when he stepped down as the President of South Africa.[4]

In 2012, the foundation broke its apolitical role by criticising Jacob Zuma for weakening the state institutions.[5]

Following Robert Mugabe's attacks towards the legacy of Nelson Mandela in 2017, the Foundation responded by asking Mugabe to base his accusations on facts.[6]

Annual Lecture[edit]

The Nelson Mandela Foundation organises an annual lecture, inviting prominent people to drive debate on significant social issues.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Who we are – Nelson Mandela Foundation". Nelsonmandela.org. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Professor Njabulo S Ndebele (Chairman) – Nelson Mandela Foundation". Nelsonmandela.org. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Who We Are – Nelson Mandela Foundation".
  4. ^ "About the Nelson Mandela Foundation – Nelson Mandela Foundation". www.nelsonmandela.org. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ "'Wheels coming off' Zuma's South Africa, says Nelson Mandela Foundation". The Guardian. Associated Press. 1 November 2016. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Nelson Mandela Foundation hits back at Mugabe... says he 'should base his comments on facts'". News24. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Annual Lecture – Nelson Mandela Foundation". www.nelsonmandela.org. Retrieved 14 November 2022.