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The SA Book Fair Revisits Mandela's Legacy

Activist. Freedom Fighter. Political prisoner. Peacemaker. Father of our nation. Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela has been idolised and vilified, called a saint and a sinner, labelled a saviour and a sell-out. But one thing that can’t be disputed is his important and influential role in the history of South Africa.

Together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we at the South African Book Fair 2015 are proud to present “Revisiting Mandela’s Legacy”.

21 years after our country’s democracy, we re-examine the life of the man that led us to freedom, and the legacy he left behind. Did Mandela concede too much in the transition to democracy? Did he focus on nation-building at the expense of transformation? And if so, was he right to do so?

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Panelists include Mondli Makhanya, Verne Harris, Malaika wa Azania and Rekgotsofetse Chikane, they are facilitated by Siki Mgabadeli, with Professor Njabulo Ndebele as the respondent. In a discussion that will most likely prove to be both controversial and animated, they will ask the interesting questions and look into the actions and motivations of an icon who was also just a man.

Please join us as we revisit the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

When: 1 August, 2015
Time: 15h00 – 16h30
Where: Anglogold Ashanti Auditorium, Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg
Ticket information: R15 available via (excludes door entry into the SA Book Fair)

See the full SA Book Fair programme here

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