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There’s a little Mandela in all of us


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Celebrate Mandela Day, nominate the Madiba in your life!

Let us be reminded ourselves that it is ordinary people – men and women, boys and girls – that make the world a special place” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Do you know someone who represents empathy and compassion? Or who perseveres daily to make the world a better place for all? Someone who is selfless in their actions? In celebration of Mandela Day on Saturday, 18 July 2020, Iziko Museums of South Africa is launching the #MandelaChallenge – and wants you to nominate someone in your life who, like Madiba, has displayed extraordinary leadership skills. The #MandelaChallenge forms part of the build-up to the online showcase, titled Tata Madiba: Father of our Democracy, Father of our Nation

Taking inspiration from the understanding that there is a little Mandela in all of us – this campaign reflects on exactly what it is that made Mandela a remarkable person, and seeks to highlight the ordinary South Africans working to make the world a special place. Selected stories and nominations will be featured in the online showcase of Tata Madiba, set to launch in September 2020.

In turning to Madiba for inspiration this Mandela Day and every day, share your there’s a Mandela in all of us nominations with Iziko on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tell the story of your nominees’ leadership – leave a comment or tag us on social media, or email us at under the subject #MandelaChallenge – and stand a chance to be featured in Tata Madiba online!

Since 2018, the upgraded Tata Madiba exhibition at the Iziko South African Museum has enjoyed many visitors from far and wide. The exhibition content and objects are meant to stimulate conversation about Mandela’s life, struggles and extraordinary contribution to the protection of South Africa’s rich biodiversity; also connecting to contemporary issues around leadership, conservation and sustainability. 

This exhibition is of great value in its educational and social importance, and is therefore in a good position to be developed into an online virtual tour. The 360-degree virtual tour experience will include the simple and warm design of the exhibition, as well as a unique feature of virtually ‘accessing’ the display cases to highlight interesting objects and provide visitors with a virtual space for an intercultural and educational dialogue programme. Stories of those nominated in the #MandelaChallenge will also be featured as part of the online showcase of Tata Madiba

Due to the impact of COVID19, Iziko Museums of South Africa has made more of its exhibitions and programmes available online. Looking A Head: Revisiting the Lydenburg Heads features as one of the most recent online showcases; Iziko will continue to develop its online offering moving forward.


Issued by: Ellen Agnew
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa
Telephone: 021 481 3830 Email:
Issued on behalf of the Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa

About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)

Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at, join our online community on Facebook (, Instagram (@izikomuseumssa) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.

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