Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013

“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”  Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died yesterday at the age of 95.  Imprisoned for more than a quarter of his life, Mandela became President of South African in 1994 and lead a government of national reconciliation that transitions from apartheid to a multicultural democracy.

In 2006, our colleague Don Veldman visited the notorious prison on Robben Island in Cape Town Harbor.  Don shared these pictures with us:

 

The entrance to the prison on Robben Island

The entrance to the prison on Robben Island

 

Inside the walls of the prison. The prison has been closed since Mandela’s release.

Inside the walls of the prison. The prison has been closed since Mandela’s release.

This was Mandela’s cell; there is a small metal cot off to the right.

This was Mandela’s cell; there is a small metal cot off to the right.

This picture was given as a souvenir as Don entered the prison. The prisoners are pounding out big stones to make gravel; a daily chore.

This picture was given as a souvenir as Don entered the prison. The prisoners are pounding out big stones to make gravel; a daily chore.