Madiba :: Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, passed away on the 5th of December, 2013.  I lived in South Africa for a year from Aug 2012 to July 2013. As he entered into his comma in June of 2013 from a reoccurring lung infection, I was preparing to move back to the United States. I left South Africa July 16, 2013 – and he was still on life support. Yesterday, I heard that he finally passed away. Rest in peace Madiba.

Nelson Mandela stood against apartheid in South Africa. He lived in prison for 27 years, and after while he was elected president and lead his nation towards greater peace.  I was able to visit Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island this past year, and have a few photos to share.  I also recommend listening to this poem “His Day is Done” that Maya Angelo wrote in his honor.

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Paintings of Mandela seen during my tour of Imizamo Yethu Township near Hout Bay, Cape Town

Where Nelson Mandela mined limestone at Robben Island.

A view from the bus on a rainy day: This is the limestone quarry that Nelson Mandela and other prisoners were forced to quarry at Robben Island. It is suggested this is where Mandela's lung troubles began.

Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island


Prison menu from the times that Nelson Mandela was in prison. Note the food differences between coloreds (Indian decent) and black Africans (Bantus), Robben Island

A former prisoner (due to political affiliations) now works for Robben Island giving tours of Nelson Mandela's prison cell.


One Response to “Madiba :: Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013”

  1. Jeannine says:

    Thanks for sharing Lisa. How cool that you’ve been there and toured where he was imprisoned.

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