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19. Oktober 2018

Panel discussion: "Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday Be the legacy!" at Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation on 16 October 2018

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On Tuesday evening, under the theme, “Be the Legacy!”,   a high-level panel discussion was hosted in commemoration of Nelson Mandela‘s life and achievements, on the occasion of his 100th birthday at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES), a joint project between the South African Embassy in Berlin, the FES and the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). 

This year Nelson Mandela, freedom fighter and the first freely elected President of South Africa, would have been 100 years old. Mandela was a shining light both politically and morally. He dedicated his life to the struggle against apartheid and oppression. The price he paid was 27 years in prison. After his release in 1990 he devoted himself to achieving justice and reconciliation and to build a rainbow nation. He was an inspiration and role model for people all over the world – he remains so today.

The moderator, Claus Stäcker, Head of the Africa Programme, Deutsche Welle, invited the  panellists - Trevor Manuel, former South African Minister of Finance and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy on Investment; Cheryl Carolus, former Ambassador of South Africa to the UK; Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and former Head of Communication in President Nelson Mandela’s Office; Tessa Dooms, Director Youth Lab, and South African anti-Apartheid activist; and Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin, former German Federal Minister of Justice, to share their memories and analysis on Nelson Mandela, the human being, the politician, the leader and his legacy in South Africa and the world. Many a memorable anecdote was told; and the audience gained further insight into Madiba as a modest and caring man of integrity.



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