Thank you for inviting me to speak at the Young Global Leaders Programme. As this a programme for young leaders, we’ve chosen the topic: “Leadership Lessons from the Lives of Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela”. It urges all of us to draw inspiration from the life of Ahmed Kathrada, who remains politically active in spite of his age, and from the life of our former President, Nelson Mandela. In a sense, it is a call to action; to roll up our sleeves and work for the development of our respective countries, communities and peoples.
"Mandela, Sisulu and Kathrada’s generation have done their bit to conceptualise and shape the development of a non-racial South Africa. This Anti-Racism Week, we should all be asking ourselves what we are doing today to ensure that post-apartheid racism is challenged in all its forms. We should recommit to #TakeOnRacism with greater determination. It is the least we can do, so that our children will one day know that we were also a generation that cared."
October 15, 2015 marks 26 years since struggle stalwart, Ahmed Kathrada, was released from prison. This means that his time spent in prison, and the years following his release, are now equal.
This week, he was interviewed by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Director, Neeshan Balton.
In this opinion piece, Zaakirah Vadi, captures highlights of that interview.
Today marks 25years since five Rivonia Trialists stepped out from prison as free men. Two of the trialists, who are still alive, Ahmed Kathrada and Andrew Mlangeni, shared their views on the occasion.
On 15th of October 1989, five of the eight ANC long term political prisoners were released after 26 years of incarceration in Pollsmoor Prison and Robben Island. They included Ahmed Kathrada Andrew Mlangeni, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, and Elias Motsoaledi.
A young media student shares her views after touring Constitution Hill with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s youth leaders…
Freedom was not free. That is what I learned from the walls embodied with our rich history at Constitution Hill.
The high price for freedom was paid by great heroines like Lillian Ngoyi, Fatima Meer and Helen Joseph, who sacrificed their duties as spouses, mothers, sisters, and their careers when they were imprisoned at the women's jail.
Nelson Mandela’s former prison warder, Christo Brand, launched his book in Johannesburg on May 17 at an event hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.
Doing Life with Mandela – My Prisoner, My Friend captures the unlikely, yet enduring friendship, which Brand, a young warder on Robben Island, struck up with the elderly Mandela.