- Posted December 7, 2013 by
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Nelson Mandela: Your memories
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Meeting Nelson Mandela
December 7, 2013 - Nelson Mandela was one of the world's most revered statesmen, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime with a multi-racial democracy.
Jailed for 27 years, he emerged to become the country's first black president and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
His charisma, self-deprecating sense of humor and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal. Since stepping down as president in 1999, Mr. Mandela has become the country’s highest-profile ambassador, campaigning against HIV/Aids and helping to secure his country's right to host the 2010 football World Cup.
Source: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, 107 Central Street, Houghton, 2198 Telephone: +27 (0)11 547 5600