A tree that Nelson Mandela planted with his wife, Graça Machel, in 2008, in Soweto has been declared a Champion Tree by Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. As a provincial heritage site, the tree is protected and may not be cut nor damaged.
Sello Motloung is playing Nelson Mandela in a new movie, An Act of Defiance
. It centres on Bram Fischer, the lead attorney for Mandela and his co-accused in the Rivonia Trial. The actor visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation to research and prepare for the role.
From today, Johannesburg’s iconic Nelson Mandela Bridge will by lit up in pink. The city has partnered with cosmetics company Estée Lauder to raise awareness of breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month and the bridge will remain pink for the duration.
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.
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.
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