Nelson Mandela is an iconic figure who has become the symbol of forgiveness and reconciliation world-wide.

Nelson Mandela was one of the most important figures in South Africa; everyone can learn from his life and attitude.

Nelson Mandela, a member of the African National Congress (ANC), was one of the leading figures in the anti-apartheid struggle. After 27 years imprisonment, towards the end the eighties he became one of the key figures in the run-up to the first democratic elections negotiated with the then apartheid regime. With international pressure, he was finally released on February 11, 1990. In 1993 Mandela received the Nobel Prize for peace for "his efforts towards the peaceful end of apartheid and for laying the foundations of a new democratic South Africa". At the first free, non-racial elections in 1994, the then 75-year-old Mandela was elected president of the Republic of South Africa. In 1999 he resigned as president. In South Africa, he is seen as the "father of the fatherland". Mandela is an iconic figure who has become the symbol of forgiveness and reconciliation world-wide.

Many lessons for the here and now can be learnt from Mandela's life of resistance, strategic insight, persuasiveness, persistence, reconciliation and statesmanship. Commemoration is a way of looking ahead for those who wish to build a world of equality, without “us and them”. It is based on this premise that the four initiators of this project, who all want to contribute to such a world, are fully invested in this Mandela Monument as a symbol of living together in peace and tolerance.

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