View vide messages of support for the 2013 Nelson Mandela International Day.

18 July 2013

A function in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day was jointly hosted by the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and the South African Consulate General. View more photos.

Left to right:  Mrs. Louise Monyemangene, Ms. Lihle Mtshali of Brand SA, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Ms. Grace Hightower de Niro, Mr. Robert de Niro of Tribeca Film Institute, Ambassador Jeremiah Mamabolo and Consul General George Monyememangene.

By Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister, International Relations and Cooperation

Various scholars of political science hold diverse views about the concept of soft power, and the use thereof.  But for an American Scholar, Joseph Nye, the definition of soft power focuses on, amongst others, the power of “influence.”

His definition seems to find more resonance with South Africa’s diplomatic practice.  He defines soft power as a country’s ability to influence events through persuasion and attraction, rather than military or financial coercion.  He believes that a country has more soft power if its culture, values and institutions incite admiration and respect in other parts of the world.  Read full article.

18 July 2013

Even though his home in Transkei is some distance from here, home is where the heart is and his heart has circled the globe.  Wherever he has traveled, he has brought us his hope and courage… and received, in return, our gratitude, our admiration and our respect. 

And we who love him come together today to send our best wishes to President Mandela on the anniversary of his birth and to join his children, his grandchildren, and that most amazing woman who has stood alongside him these past 15 years, Graca Machel in praying for his full recovery.  Read full statement.

18 July 2013

Importers donate citrus to The Bowery Mission

The growers of South Africa Summer Citrus joined with the United Nations, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and the South African Consulate General of New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, on 18 July 2013, Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The growers and importers were joined by members of the South Africa Consulate to offload the fruit at the Mission. (Left to Right) Lebogang Mokwena, Consul, Political, Gerard Stone, Director of Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum, George Monyemangene, South African Consulate General, and Piet Smit, Director of Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum. Read more.

Celebration of Nelson Mandela's Birthday
at the Riverside Church

Sunday, 21 July 2013, 10:45 am
490 Riverside Drive
New York City 10027

On Nelson Mandela International Day, UN pays tribute to his contribution to public service

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Remarks by the Secretary-General. Speakers include: H.E. Mr. Bill Clinton, former President of the United States; Reverend Jesse Jackson; Mr Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and social activist; Mr. Andrew Mlangeni, close friend of Mr. Mandela. 

Nelson Mandela Day at The Bowery Mission

18 July 2013
Photo credit: United Nations / John Gillespie

Click on the photo to view more photographs. South Africa's Consul General joined dozens of volunteers on Thursday to honor by bringing much-needed help to a Lower East Side homeless shelter, to honor the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who led his country to freedom.  Read full article from NY1.

2013 Nelson Mandela Day at the United Nations Headquarters

18 July 2013
Photos: United Nations / John Gillespie

Informal plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Click on the photo to view more photographs.

Nelson Mandela Day 2013: Rebuilding homes in Long Beach

17 July 2013
Photos: United Nations / John Gillespie

“Take action, inspire change.”  To commemorate Nelson Mandela Day, volunteers from the UN and UNDP assist "We Build New York" repair homes in Long Beach destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Nelson Mandela Day 2013 at Columbus Circle

16 July 2013
Photos: United Nations / John Gillespie

South African Ambassador to the United Nations Jeremiah Mamabolo being interviewed by the media. Volunteers from the UN and the South African Consulate distribute South African oranges for Nelson Mandela Day 2013 at Columbus Circle, New York.

Media Statement

UN Commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day

18 July 2013

In 2009, South Africa initiated and led a process that saw the United Nations General Assembly designating 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was decided that the General Assembly will annually observe this day in a special session. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Rivonia Trial – a seminal event in South Africa’s liberation. H.E. President Jacob Zuma has invited struggle veteran Mr. Andrew Mlangeni, a comrade, compatriot and fellow Rivonia trialist of former President Mandela to represent the Government of South Africa at the special sitting of the General Assembly as the keynote speaker.  The Programme speakers include the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon, the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremic, former President of the United States, Mr. Bill Clinton, and legendary musician, Mr. Henry Belafonte.

This year’s commemoration of the International Mandela Day takes on a particular significance in the count-down to South Africa’s 20th Anniversary of liberation.  The best way to celebrate Madiba’s life is to observe the ideals his life encapsulate: freedom, democracy and dignity for all. Madiba’s leadership transcended all human boundaries, whether based on race, clan, ethnicity or religion. 

For further information on the United Nations’ world-wide activities to commemorate Nelson Mandela International Day, please visit the UN website:

For more information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road

The Power of Words

18 July 2013, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Times Square Museum and Visitor Center
1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Street
New York City

Hosted by the TriBeCa Film Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Celebration of Nelson Mandela's Birthday
at the Riverside Church

Sunday, 21 July 2013, 10:45 am
490 Riverside Drive
New York City 10027


SA Partners celebrates Nelson Mandela Day in Boston, MA

On 18 July 2013, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, a coalition of Boston‐based community organizations, elected officials, and activists will host a celebration of Mandela’s life at the Old South Church at 645 Boylston Street in Copley Square at 5:30 PM. The celebration includes special guest speakers Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a US South African Embassy representative, and Groton School Headmaster Temba Maqubela among others, Mandela’s inspirational words read by local youth, and musical tributes. This event is free and open to the public.

Former President Mandela’s Condition Remains Unchanged

25 June 2013

Former President Nelson Mandela’s condition remains unchanged in hospital and doctors continue to do their best to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort.

President Zuma thanks the South African public for ongoing support and understanding.

“We must support him and support his family. We must demonstrate our love and appreciation for his leadership during the struggle for liberation and in our first few years of freedom and democracy by living out his legacy and promoting unity, non-racialism, non-sexism and prosperity in our country”, said President Zuma.

Former President Mandela will turn 95 on the 18th of July. “We must all be planning what to do next month in marking our 67 minutes of doing good for humanity as called upon by Madiba to do so, when he launched the International Mandela Day campaign. Let us make it the biggest Mandela Day ever on the 18th of July, focusing on doing good all over the country’’, said President Zuma.

President Zuma also urged that Madiba and his family be accorded the necessary sensitivity, dignity and privacy at this time.

Enquiries:  Mac Maharaj on +27 (79) 879-3203
Issued by the Presidency


Following the success of Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Mr. Mandela’s birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life’s work and that of his charitable organizations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever.

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Mr. Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr. Mandela did.  Visit the website.

Nelson Mandela International Day (United Nations)

This year on 18 July — Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday — the UN is joining a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

Visit the website.


Paris Exhibit Captures Mandela's Journey


The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Google Cultural Institute have worked together to bring Nelson Mandela's archive's online, including never before seen photos, prison diaries and a hand-written sequel to the Long Walk to Freedom.