5 Facts About Nelson Mandela’s Influential Life

5 Facts About Nelson Mandela’s Influential Life

Nelson Mandela is arguably the most famous South African in the world. After a long fight with the government during the apartheid era, Mandela was the South African president to lead to country into democracy, freedom and change. If you are a history buff, or just interested in the history of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s life is a fascinating story that will captivate just about anyone. The Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Museum is filled with amazing facts and stories, but in the meantime, we are sharing just a few interesting fats to whet your appetite before your visit.

The Impactful Life of Nelson Mandela

Learn a few quick facts about the man who made South Africa what it is today. For more interesting information about the Midlands, visit our blog.

1. He Didn’t Vote until 1994

Nelson Mandela first voted for the first time, along with the other non-white citizens of South Africa, at the age of 74. It was also the election in which he was voted in as the first non-white president of South Africa.

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2. He Was a Big Sports Fan

Mandela was a big sports fan and is famously recalled for believing that sport “has the power to change the world… it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the first major sporting event to be held in South Africa after the apartheid ended. The Springboks went on to win the event and Mandela is famously pictured handing over the trophy to the team.

3. The Midlands is an Extremely Significant Place in His Activism Journey

In July 1962, Mandela was stopped in a roadblock along the R103, now the most popular Midlands Meander route. He was returning from Johannesburg, where he had briefed the ANC president on his military training received. The very spot that he was caught can be visited today across the road from the museum.

4. He Received a Noble Peach Prize

In 1993, Mandela was the recipient of a Noble Peace Prize. This honour was given to him for successfully abolishing apartheid in a peaceful, non-violent manner. He then went on to receive over 250 additional awards.

5. He Has a Day Named in His Honour

Every year on 25 June, we celebrate Mandela Day. This day is dedicated to all the charity work that Mandela did throughout his life and is aimed to continue his legacy. People are encouraged to give back to their community for at least 67 minutes. The number 67 is significant because as Mandela spent 67 years fighting for equality and the end of apartheid.

Visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site on the Midlands Meander Today

Learn more about the amazing life of Nelson Mandela by visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and Museum. Make a day out of it by exploring the surrounding shops, restaurants and activities along the Midlands Meander. Plan your trip today or get in touch with any questions or queries that you may have.

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