Celebrating Madiba

Who is Nelson Mandela

Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape, on 18 July 1918. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. In 1930, when he was 12 years old, his father died and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni.Hearing the elders’ stories of his ancestors’ valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

He attended primary school in Qunu where his teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom of giving all schoolchildren “Christian” names.He completed his Junior Certificate at Clarkebury Boarding Institute and went on to Healdtown, a Wesleyan secondary school of some repute, where he matriculated.Mandela began his studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare but did not complete the degree there as he was expelled for joining in a student protest.On his return to the Great Place at Mqhekezweni the King was furious and said if he didn’t return to Fort Hare he would arrange wives for him and his cousin Justice. They ran away to Johannesburg instead, arriving there in 1941. There he worked as a mine security officer and after meeting Walter Sisulu, an estate agent, he was introduced to Lazer Sidelsky. He then did his articles through a firm of attorneys – Witkin, Eidelman and Sidelsky.He completed his BA through the University of South Africa and went back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943.

Meanwhile, he began studying for an LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand. By his own admission he was a poor student and left the university in 1952 without graduating. He only started studying again through the University of London after his imprisonment in 1962 but also did not complete that degree.
In 1989, while in the last months of his imprisonment, he obtained an LLB through the University of South Africa. He graduated in absentia at a ceremony in Cape Town.

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”




1.Do You Think The Spirit of Mandela Still Lives among our people, if yes or no .you must give a reason to support your answer?
2.how did u spend ur 67seconds?
3. what does mandela day mean to you?

Reatlegile Matomela:

1.Yes, the spirit of Utata Mandela still lives… Orphanages still operates.. Old ages still operates… Other people still offer, some volunteer to help… Some are not helped because of pride fooled them to act strong and never seek help🤷‍♀ I am a living testimony of being a free citizen.. Environment with no discrimination (colour, culture you can name them) All emphasized by Education I receive…

2. Bought my friend a plate of food☺.. I offered since had back to back classes and a soccer practice

3. True Inspiration… So they say, inspiration is a stimulating feeling that we seek to motivate us… Yet to continue pressing forward through hardships and among chaos.. Wise being said it all.

Keitumetse Mmekwa

1: yes it does, cos even now we still celebrate Mandela day despite the fact that he has passed on, we still consider this day as the most important day in south Africa and it must be celebrated wisely..

2: eish today it’s a very busy day for me so I doubt I’ll have time to do something useful for this day..but last year I went to an old age..

3: it means so much to me, I take it as an important day cos if it weren’t for Mandela we wouldn’t have this freedom that we have today


Mmapula Molepo

1.Yes , even if we don’t have a physical contact with him but his spirit enjoins us to strive for peace , freedom and humanity

2.In class writing

3.Learning valuables as nation building lessons and practising Ubuntu (because I am who I am because of who we are)


Mpho Matomela

1. Yes because people will always appreciate the freedom he brought to our country and we all learning the spirit of his praise by remaining in his cluster of democracy

2. Went and clean in the community hall

3. Tata will always be my hero, he stood 27yrs in prison for the sake of peace to be upon us the new generation, we have education because of him, what he did will is sustainable and we have to keep his legacy going


Lemmy Masilo

1.Mandela spirit is no longer with us “Mandela cared more about us more than he did for himself” ,now it’s more about who you know not what you know,that created black against black

2.did nothing

3.Mandela day for me means “doing something for someone who cant do it themselves”


Dorris Moalosi

1. No. From a political point of view it frightens me that the level of corruption within the government is extremely visible and yet Mr Mandela fought for equality in society. We pay taxes to pay government officials but they still have itchy hands.

2. I actually helped an old lady with her groceries in town to the taxi rank while running my own grandmothers errands. However a group of friends of mine and I are planning to go spend the day with the elderly at a local Old Age Home.

3. In a nutshell it is a day where the spirit of Ubuntu is made intensified. However I feel like everyday should be a Mandela Day.

Joyce Ludick

1.Yes,The spirit still lives on to our people because everyone still remember what he has done for the country

2.I’ve spend 67 seconds by knitting scarves and beanies, assembling blankets.

3.Mandela day to me means that i should contribute something to the community or giving back to the community.




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