Waiting For Nelsonis finally making its way to Joburg Theatre this July. The play made its debut in 2014, and has since toured all over South Africa. It takes a good, hard look at where we are as a country 25 years into our democracy.
Set in post-Apartheid South Africa, 21 years after the first democratic elections, it follows a couple confronted by the issue of race. The play does not shy away from harsh human truths, including our complacency in 'the race issue'. Waiting For Nelson examines the idealistic notion of a 'rainbow nation' - a promise touted to South Africans throughout the turmoil of the 1994 elections. This production is a must-see for modern South African audiences, so get your tickets as soon as possible.
Written and directed by Mbasa Tsetsana, Waiting For Nelson won the award for Best Drama at the 2014 Youth Arts Festival. It then went on to be performed at The South African State Theatre as part of the annual Youth Arts Festival, as well as at The Market Laboratory, the 2015 ASSITEJ/IATA annual Youth Theatre and Dance Festival at Artscape. A two minute version of the show was also read at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Makhanda.
The Mandela Day Centenary Celebrations Are Still Going at Nelson Mandela Square!
What Is It?
2018 marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday. This is the perfect opportunity for South Africans to reflect on Madiba's incredible legacy. And to celebrate this phenomenal individual and everything his has done and stood for, Nelson Mandela Square encourages you to #BeTheLegacy, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.
Visit Nelson Mandela Square from 18 – 28 July 2018 for an array of installations that will inspire you. Keep an eye out for the following over the next ten days:
18 July @ 12:00 - 14:00: Carnival and Buskaid
The Carnival Company brought an exciting and vibrant carnival energy to the Square with giant puppets, dancers and stilt walkers in spirit of Nelson Mandela Day.
19 July @ 12:00 - 14:00: Bench and Buskaid
Renowned artist, Erhardt Thiel, has designed the first mobile iMadiba Installation. A bench the size of Madiba’s Robin Island cell was installed on the Square to drive discussion between people who sit in the installation. Guest speakers include Brian Unsted (Asset Manager – NMS) and Erhardt Thiel (artist).
20 July @ 17:00: Special Olympics
Nelson Mandela Square granted Special Olympics South Africa permission to celebrate their 50th birthday at the Square by lighting up the statue in red.
21 July @ 12:00 - 13:00: Carnival
The centenary celebrations continue! Don’t miss as The Carnival Company and Buskaid performed at The Square on 21 July. #BeTheLegacy #Mandela100 #NelsonMandelaSquare
24 - 28 July: Creation and unveiling of the Largest Madiba Cake
To celebrate Mandela’s centenary, Cupcakes of HOPE will be creating the World’s BIGGEST Mandela Cake. This 3-metre tall Mandela Statue Cake will be revealed on Saturday, 28 July 2018 at Sandton City's Centre Court with Hot 91.9 FM.
When Is It?
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 - Saturday, 28 July 2018.
Where Is It?
Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Entrance to the celebrations is FREE, however make sure you have some spare change for parking.
To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #BeTheLegacy#ActionAgainstPoverty and #MandelaDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well as follow Nelson Mandela Square on Instagram @nelsonmandelasquare, Facebook @nelsonmandelasquare and @nelsonmandelasq on Twitter.
Books Written By Nelson Mandela
Dare Not Linger (2017)
This one is a must if you’re looking to get an in-depth look at the details and stories describing Mandela's term as the President of South Africa. Dare Not Linger draws on Nelson Mandela's own unfinished memoir and brings readers the remarkable story of his presidency, told in his own words with the help of distinguished South African writer, Mandla Langa.
Conversations with Myself (2010)
Now for something a little more personal and intimate when it comes to the life and presidency of Madiba. Conversations With Myself is a collection of letters, diary inserts and other personal writings which provides reader a rare chance to see the other side of our former president's life, all portrayed and written in his own voice. This book is an international bestseller and an intensely personal piece that complements his Long Walk to Freedom.
Long Walk To Freedom (1994)
This book is the most well-known and popular books written by Madiba. It offers readers the authentic voice and humane, dignified and passionate presence of Mandela. Long Walk To Freedom is the perfect read, bringing to life the riveting memoirs of one of the most outstanding moral and political leaders of our time. It brilliantly re-creates the drama, experiences and actions that contributed to shaping Nelson Mandela's destiny.
Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales (2007)
This one is a lovely read for the whole family, bringing to life the many different folktales passed on from generation to generation. Whether warning children about the 'dangers' of disobedience or proving that the underdog can win, Nelson Mandela's Favourite African Folktales are depicted through wise animals and evil monsters offers a universal portrayal of humanity, beasts and the mysterious. They have all been translated from their original languages including Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa and others, to bring you a collection that plays as a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.
No Easy Walk To Freedom (1986)
No one has better insight into Madiba's past, his journey and destiny than himself, which is why this collection is a must if you have a keen interest in his journey to freedom and initiating the beginning of a new era in South Africa. No Easy Walk To Freedom is a collection of Nelson Mandela's articles, speeches, letters from underground and the transcripts of his trials.
In His Own Words (2004)
In His Own Words is a collection of some of the most historic and inspirational addresses by the father of the nation. The one of the most influential individuals and stirring voices to come out of South Africa, Nelson Mandela has brought and spoken his message of freedom, equality and human dignity to the entire world. And now, his most important, moving and meaningful speeches have been collected and published into a single volume. Another must for your personal collection.
Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life (1990)
Mandela: The Struggle is My Life tells the influential and moving story of a man who changed the course of history and inspired millions. He ended apartheid in his own country and made racism unacceptable worldwide. Such an inspiration of a man deserved fitting celebration of how extraordinary he and his actions are. So much so, that he changed the world. This book covers Nelson Mandela's speeches and political writings from his days as a leader of the African National Congress Youth League in 1944, up until his release from prison in 1990.