Zindzi Mandela is the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela. She has long been involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle and is currently serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark. In this frank interview with journalist and former BBC South Africa correspondent Allan Little, filmed live at the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival, she discusses growing up in the shadow of such a great man and the impact it has had on her own life and that of her children and grandchildren.
Several struggle veterans have descended on Cape Town shores’ for the birthday bash of stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. On the 26th of this month, Madikizela Mandela will turn 80. But there’s an early celebration this evening at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.
The Mandela Family has learnt with great shock about the passing of an Icon, we would like to send our sincerest condolences to the family. This sad time brings to mind special memories of their family’s encounters with that of Muhammad Ali and his family.
Before her fight with Gwendolyn O’Niel, Laila Ali visited with our family in South Africa.
“When Laila asked to see my mother, she said that it only made sense for her to get strength from a formidable woman before going into a fight. We made it happen, at our home in Soweto.
I missed out on her magical win against Gwendolyn O’Neil : it happened so quickly in the FIRST round, as I was busy ensuring that Tata was seated comfortably.When I looked up, Gwendolyn was down and Laila was still raring to go! The fight was over. This was the great Muhammad Ali’s daughter, after all.” -H.E Ambassodor Zindzi Mandela
Ms. Winnie Madikizela- Mandela received news with sadness and she too recalled the special moments with the sporting legend and his family.
“To Laila and the family, I have had the special honour to meet your dear father and encounter your greatness. I have no doubt that like the champions you are, in your own right, your family will rise above this tragedy and rely on the resounding messages of love and hope to spur you all to the next chapter of this great legacy.May The Champion’s soul rest in eternal peace. He was truly The Greatest.-Ends-
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Thursday 28 APRIL 2016
Winnie Madikizela Mandela Receives Order of Luthuli Award
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela was honoured as a recipient of the Silver Order of Luthuli for her role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, 28th April 2016. Her grandchildren, Zondwa Mandela & Zoleka Mandela received the award on her behalf.
“My grandmother’s recent hospitalization was tense for her, our family and her supporters. Mama is well on her way to a full recovery at home. She accepts this award and shares it with everyone who strives for justice and freedom,” said Zondwa Mandela
The Order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.
The awards are bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.
Address by President Jacob Zuma at the 2016 National Orders Awards Ceremony, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria
Media Release: The Nelson Mandela Foundation congratulates Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Date: 28 April 2016
From: Nelson Mandela Foundation
The Nelson Mandela Foundation conveys its hearty congratulations to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the occasion of her being awarded a National Order by the President of South Africa.
“Mrs Madikizela-Mandela dedicated her life to the liberation struggle in South Africa and suffered greatly for it,” said Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He congratulated her on behalf of Professor Njabulo Ndebele, the Chairperson of the NMF, its Trustees and Staff.
As she is recuperating from back surgery at her home after her discharge on Tuesday from a Johannesburg Hospital, Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was unable to personally receive the Order of Luthuli. She was represented by her granddaughter, Zoleka.
Hatang added his congratulations to veteran freedom fighter Mac Maharaj who was also honoured among South African anti-apartheid activists, scientists and artists.
“It is important that we also acknowledge those from other countries who were given National Orders for their anti-apartheid work,” Hatang said, “We urge them to continue their assistance as our young country navigates its struggles ahead.”
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation – 0829940349
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SUNDAY 26 APRIL 2016
Mandela Family Thanks the South African public for their support.
The leadership of Mandela Legacy have confirmed that Mama Winnie Mandela is in high spirits and she has been discharged from a Johannesburg hospital after undergoing surgery on her back. “We note with deep gratitude the outpouring of support our grandmother has received from the South African public and want to assure everyone that she is well on her way to a full recovery… she is happy to be home,” said Zondwa Mandela.
On behalf of the family, we wish to thank the public and the media for honouring our plea for privacy at this time. We appreciate every thought and have received messages of well wishes and encouragement from far and wide via social media, email, etc… ”, Mandela added.
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela is among several people to be honoured for their role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, 28th April 2016. The awards will be bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on “distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.
Winifred “Winnie” Madikizela-Mandela is among several people to be honoured for their role in the struggle against apartheid at the 2016 National Orders Awards ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday.
The awards will be bestowed by President Jacob Zuma on “distinguished local citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have played a momentous role towards building a free democratic South Africa and who also have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways”.
Madikizela-Mandela‚ the former wife of the late struggle icon Nelson Mandela‚ will be awarded the he Order of Luthuli in silver for her “excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa”.
“She bravely withstood constant harassment by the apartheid police and challenged their brutality at every turn. She became a symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle and of the bravery and determination of the oppressed to gain their freedom‚ against all odds‚” the award citation reads.
Receiving the same honour will be Sathyandranath Ragunanan “Mac” Maharaj‚ a former transport minister who recently retired as official spokesman for Zuma.
Other well-known personalities who will be honoured at the ceremony include Afrikaans singer Laurika Rauch‚ who will receive the Order of Ikhamanga in bronze‚ which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts‚ culture‚ literature‚ music‚ journalism and sport.
The award is being bestowed on her for her “outstanding contribution in the field of music and raising awareness on political injustices through music.”
“She bravely deployed her artistic talents to highlight the injustices and tyranny of the apartheid rule‚” the citation reads.
Professor Helen Rees‚ who was recently awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE)‚ will receive the Order of Boabab in silver for her contribution in the field of medical science and research which‚ the citation states‚ has given hope to communities affected by the scourge of HIV and AIDS.
Also among those to be honoured on Thursday is Chile’s president‚ Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Chile) who will have the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo bestowed on her. The award recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa.
According to the Presidency‚ the award is being bestowed on her for her “exceptional contribution to the fight for democracy at the global stage”.
“She was imbued with a deep sense of justice and the courage of her convictions‚ which drove her from Chile to exile.”
Statement on Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s health
Date: 18 April 2016
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the request of the Mandela family
Mrs. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is recovering in hospital in Johannesburg after back surgery for spinal stenosis.
Her first surgery, for compression of the spinal nerve and pain relief took place on 8 March. It was followed by a second procedure on 14 April to assist with her recovery.
The family wishes to express its appreciation of the support they have received. They are grateful for the continuing respect for their privacy.
Issued by Neeran Naidoo, Director of Communications of the Nelson Mandela Foundation at the request of the Mandela family.
Notes to editor:
1. Please note that the Foundation is assisting the family on this issue only and does not generally represent the family.
- Updates will be provided whenever necessary.
Fifteen women who have played a prominent role on the continent were celebrated as Africa’s foremost heroines.
At a gala dinner at the African Union (AU) Summit in Sandton on Friday night, Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, and Ghana’s former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, were awarded for their contributions to African society.
ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former president of Malawi Joyce Banda and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were also celebrated as “Living Legends”.
The Women of Excellence Awards were hosted by the African Union/Diaspora Africa Forum in collaboration with the South African government and the AU Commission during the 25th African Union Heads of State and Government Summit.
The awards were held at Sandton’s five-star Michelangelo Hotel.
“I was almost reduced to tears when I got this invitation, but my tears dried up during the brutal times of apartheid,” said Madikizela-Mandela, who also told guests at the event that South Africans were not “xenophobic”.
“It our responsibility to unite Africa, not the things that take us back. We want unity,” she said.
Dlamini-Zuma joked that she wanted to be disciplined like Madikizela-Mandela because she was very governable.
“I don’t know how I’m in the same audience as Mam’Winnie and Sirleaf,” Dlamini-Zuma told the guests, as she received her award at the podium.
Machel said: “I’m in the presence of excellence and I accept this award with humility.”
She dedicated her award to the millions of girls in Africa and around the world who do not have access to education.
While the guests were served with the main course of a duo of lamb cutlets and chicken supreme, accompanied by fondant potatoes, rosemary roast vegetables and Pinotage jus, they were entertained by jazz singer Judith Sephuma’s performance of her hit song Mme Motswadi.
Motivational speaker Dr Toni Luck was the mistress of ceremonies for the night.
“I’m an African because Africa is in me,” Luck told the audience
Winnie Mandela & Zindzi Mandela Visit Turkish Mosque in Midrand
20th October 2014
Contrary to the article that appeared on page 4 of Sunday World dated 19th October 2014 with the headline “ Zindzi’s crib to be sold over arrears”, I would like to make the following clarification: –
I am not aware of arrears due to the City of Johannesburg amounting to R1.5 million. The electricity and water were disconnected approximately 6 years ago when reconstruction began on the property after my family and I vacated the premises.
I currently live at the rented house in Sandton and there’s no truth to the point that I have vacated due to a long battle with my landlord.
I am not in receipt of a letter sent to the Zindzi Mandela Family Trust by a debt collection firm on behalf of the municipality. We demand proof of delivery / receipt to a clearly specified address and equally demand to know how and why the so-called letter was delivered to the Sunday World.
The article further states that Mr. Stanley Maphologela, director of customer communications at the City of Johannesburg said, “The City cannot disclose information about a customer to a third party, in line with our customer agreements or contracts.”
There is no truth to the fact that I had decided to abandon the house because the bill was almost equivalent to the value of the house and neither was the house bought for R2-million in 2000.
There are no crumbling walls inside the property and plans are underway for the completion thereof. Images published this weekend in the Sunday Times were from photos taken earlier this year.
My family and I are currently seeking legal advice with particular reference to the journalist Aubrey Mothombeni who has stalked and defamed me and my family on more than one occasion, to the extent of trying to access my current residence under false pretenses. Our information from a reliable source is that he left Sunday Sun under dubious circumstances concerning his unethical behavior.
If Sunday World cannot produce proof of the disputed facts I demand an immediate published retraction failing which our lawyers will be instructed to take the matter to the next level without any further communication.