Virtual discussion to commemorate Madiba’s death set for Saturday evening

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Today marks seven years since South Africa’s first democratic president, Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, passed on.

His foundation, with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, will be commemorating the event through an annual panel discussion on liberatory social imaginaries in the contexts of social, political and economic divides.

Speakers will reflect on the anti-apartheid icon’s legacy and offer new ideas for the future in the wake of the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Discussions will also explore issues facing not just South Africa but the world over. These include the rise of nationalism and xenophobia; the failures of democracy’s ‘social contracts’, and the relationships between states when there are humanitarian abuses.

Award-winning author, Tsitsi Dangerembga, and the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, will be in conversation with the Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Sello Hatang.

Madiba’s widow, Graça Machel, will also provide reflections at the event.

The virtual dialogue will kick off at 17h30.

Mandela’s legacy is celebrated across the world. He is widely known as the man of peace as he advocated for reconciliation despite the apartheid’s brutal system that robbed children of parents; killed many dreams and kept anti-apartheid activists scattered across the world, with some incarcerated.

Keeping the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive:

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