“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

   -Nelson Mandela



Nelson Mandela


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013)

Did you know?

  • he was born into the Madiba clan of Transkei, where his father was the principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people
  • at 12 years old, he became the ward of Jongintaba at the Great Palace in Mahekezweni
  • after completing a BA degree, he graduated with a law diploma and set up South Africa’s first black law firm, Mandela & Tambo
  • repeatedly arrested for seditious (resistance to authority) activities, he was sentenced in the Rivonia Trials, serving 27 years in prison, mainly on Robben Island
  • he was released by President FW de Klerk, under increasing pressure and fears of a racist civil war
  • he led the ANC (African National Congress) to victory, becoming the first President of South Africa (1994-1999)
  • has received many honors and accolades, including the Nobel Peace Prize
  •  regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he is described as the “Father of the (South African) Nation”