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Protea 2015 Life of a Legend: Nelson Mandela – Arrival in Joburg

Nelson Mandela - Arrival in Joburg

The Protea Series began in 1986 andin 2013 the new series, The Life of a Legend launched. Running from 2013 – 2025 the series features the life of South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela.

Each year since 2013, our Protea Life of a Legend: Nelson Mandela series has celebrated a different chapter of Nelson Mandela’s life, with sales of the series contributing financially towards the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In 2015 the spotlight falls on his arrival and early years in Johannesburg, spanning the years from 1941 to 1955. During this time, Mandela experienced significant personal growth and transformation. He moved from being an inexperienced youth who had run away from his privileged home with the royal family of the Thembu people to seek his fortune in the City of Gold, to a young man who came to rely on his inner strength and abilities.

This journey laid the foundation for a more mature and self-assured Nelson Mandela – a man whose evolving views, beliefs and character would eventually lead him to the presidency of a democratic South Africa. Among the special generation of South African leaders reflected alongside Mandela in this series is Walter Sisulu, one of his earliest political mentors. The series includes this memorable quote, taken from the speech that Tata Madiba gave at Walter Sisulu’s 90th birthday celebration:

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”


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