The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture series invites prominent people to drive debate on significant social issues. Previous speakers include Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Thabo Mbeki, world-acclaimed Chilean-American author and human-rights activist Ariel Dorfman, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai and former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan.
The 12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be presented by President Michelle Bachelet of Chile on 9 August 2014.
This event marks the 52nd anniversary of Mr Mandela’s capture on 5 August 1962. The lecture will be held between 3 pm and 4 pm at the historic City Hall in Cape Town where Mr Mandela gave his inaugural address to the people of South Africa after being released from prison in 1990.
The theme of the 2014 lecture is Building social cohesion through active citizenship.
The date of the lecture, 9 August, has further importance as it is National Women’s Day in South Africa and marks the anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria. In one of the largest demonstrations staged in this country’s history, 20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria’s Union Buildings to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the then Prime Minister, J.G. Strijdom.
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