Celebrate Mandela 100 with UCT Libraries
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela who has become a symbol of moral authority and social justice. Mandela Day acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for racial equality in South Africa and his advocacy of a culture of reconciliation.
Nelson Mandela taught us a vital lesson when he navigated a peaceful end to apartheid: it is possible to be a great politician and a great human being at the same time; that showing respect to friends and enemies alike can get you a long way; that nothing beats the combination of magnanimity and power.– John Carlin
In the spirit of living his legacy, UCT Libraries invites you to reflect on Mandela's life through selections from our collection of archival and audio-visual material, books and posters. #Mandela100 #BeTheLegacy #LivingTheLegacy
Visit the Mandela 100 display at Special Collections in Jagger Library and Main Library #BeTheLegacy
Honorary Degree Ceremony Album
Right Nelson Mandela signing the register before the graduation ceremony at which the University of Cape Town conferred an honorary doctorate on him, 30 November 1990
UCT had decided to honour Nelson Mandela by conferring an honorary doctorate on him while he was still a prisoner, and wrote to him on 8 December 1989 before there was any inkling of his imminent release.
Four weeks before Mr Mandela’s release, the Minister of Justice privately requested that UCT should delay the award and not make the matter public. UCT however released a statement announcing the award, and stated that it hoped “he would be free to accept the award in person”.
On 2 February 1990, in his speech at the opening of Parliament, President FW de Klerk took the world by surprise by announcing sweeping reforms commencing a negotiated constitutional transition, including the unbanning of the ANC and other political organisations, and the release of political prisoners including Nelson Mandela, and the end of the state of emergency. Mr Mandela was released from prison on 11 February.
Given Mr Mandela’s programme thereafter, it was understandably not easy to set a convenient date for the award. Mr Mandela received the honorary degree at a specially arranged ceremony on the rugby fields in front of the oldest buildings on the upper campus on Friday 30 November 1990. - Clive Kirkwood, UCT Special Collections
New Release | The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
To be published upon the centenary of his birth, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela is a landmark work: the first, and only, authorized and authenticated collection of correspondence spanning the twenty-seven years Mandela was held as a political prisoner. - Penguin Random House South Africa.
Books available at African Studies Library & Main Library.
Books available at Government Publications | Level 4, Research Wing, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
- Many cultures, one nation : inauguration of the President of South Africa, 10 May 1994.
- Invest in peace : addresses by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela, to the United Nations' General Assembly and to the Joint Houses of the Congress of the United States of America, October 1994.
- A time to build : addresses by the President, Mr Nelson R Mandela, at his inauguration, the opening of Parliament (May 1994) and at the OAU meeting in Tunis (June 1994).
* Above DVDs available in the African Studies Film Collection.
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