popular
Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

There Are Plans To Rename Cape Town International Airport After One Of These 4 Struggle Heroes

And yes, Mam' Winnie's name is one of them.

EFF leader Julius Malema's dream of seeing Cape Town International Airport being renamed after the late apartheid struggle hero Winnie Madikizela-Mandela could be coming true.

This morning, IOL reported that plans to rename the airport are indeed underway, and that a public participation meeting will be held next week, which is according to a notice from the Airports Company of SA (ACSA).

Keep reading... Show less
popular

Barack Obama Will Deliver This Year's Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg

The former US president will give the annual speech to commemorate Mandela's centennial.

Every year the Nelson Mandela Foundation invites prominent figures to Johannesburg to discuss pressing social matters affecting the global community for its 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture. This year, that figure is none other than former US president Barack Obama.

This year's theme is "Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World." The lecture will focus on"creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality," said the foundation in a statement.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Photo via Wikimedia

A Tribute to the Late Apartheid Struggle Veteran, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Reflections on the great legacy of Winnie Mandela, "Mother of the Nation"

After battling a long illness, Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Mother of the Nation, passed away this afternoon at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg surrounded by her loved ones. Her death has left the entire country in mourning.

When many think of Winnie, they think of her former husband Nelson Mandela. And while this is true, Winnie was her own woman and a fiercely passionate one at that. Though she may not have been imprisoned for 27 years or become president of the ANC, without her contribution and continued work during the apartheid struggle, this country would not have achieved what it eventually did in 1994.

When Winnie met Nelson Mandela as a young woman, she couldn't have imagined at that point in time, just how drastically her life would change. And when they eventually married, it was clear that the man she loved, loved politics and his country above all else, but she grew to understand this—difficult as it was. She and her children endured the numerous arrests and imprisonments, and the long periods he spent away from them as a result of his political activities within the ANC, which had been forced to operate underground. Perhaps this was all to prepare her for the biggest blow that would eventually come: the infamous Rivonia Trial which resulted in the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island for close to three decades.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.