Nelson Mandela Timeline 2000-2014

Speaks out against AIDS at the 13th International AIDS Conference
Commended for his facilitation of Burundi/Arusha Peace Process
Diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Commended for his facilitation of Burundi/Arusha Peace Process
Commended for his facilitation of Burundi/Arusha Peace Process
2 July, George W. Bush awards Mandela the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian award.
January, Condemns the US threats to invade Iraq.
29 November, Nelson Mandela attends the first 46664 concert to be held at Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town.
Establishes the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
31 March, Sandton Square in Johannesburg is renamed Nelson Mandela Square and a six-metre bronze statue of Mandela is unveiled.
1 June, Mandela announces that he will be retiring from public life. His reasoning for stepping down is attributed to his failing health and his desire to spend more time with his family. His appeal: ‘don’t call me, I will call you’
14 July, Graca Machel chairs a satellite link-up discussion hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on the social impact of HIV-Aids in southern Africa. It profiles the "46664: Give one minute of your life to Aids" global campaign.
15 July, Nelson Mandela addresses the 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok. He profiles the work of his "46664: Give one minute of your life to Aids" campaign.
January, Makgatho Mandela dies. Mandela announces that he died of AIDS complications.
Time Magazine puts Madiba on its list of 100 Most Influential People.
May: Evelyn Mase dies, aged 82
1 June, Announces that he will be stepping down from public life
July, A comic series is launched on Madiba's life and quips: “You know you are famous the day you discover you have become a comic character.”
Retires from retirement and says: “Don’t call me, I will call you”.
21 September, Launched the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Commemoration Project.
Receives notebook of copies of his letters from ex-Security Policeman, Donald Card
22 May, The New Statesman places Mandela at number two on its list of 50 ‘Heroes of Our Time’. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner beat him to first place.
1 November, Mandela receives Amnesty International's 2006 "Ambassador of Conscience" award for being a moral beacon in a world plagued by human rights abuses.
13 April, Attends the installation of his grandson Mandla as chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council
18 July, On his 89th birthday, Mandela forms ‘The Elders’. The Elders is a group of leading figures in the world such as Desmond Tutu, Kofi Anan, Ela Bhatt, Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson who offer their guidance to ‘tackle some of the world’s toughest problems’
29 August, A statue of Mandela is unveiled at Parliament Square in London.
3 December, Nelson Mandela named Honorary Laureate by the London-based Mo Ibrahim Foundation.  He is made an Honorary Laureate of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.
January, The Europe-based A Different View cites Mandela, among others, as one of its 15 Champions of World Democracy.
30 April, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice calls the flagging of Nelson Mandela on the US terrorist watch lists "embarrassing”.
2 May,  Michigan State University confers an honorary Doctor of Law degree on Nelson Mandela.
15 May, The world’s most famous scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking, meets former President Nelson Mandela for the first time. He is accompanied by Neil Turok, founder of the AIMS institute and Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge.   The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, (AIMS) is a pan-African centre for postgraduate training and research in Mathematics, in Cape Town.
25 June, Nelson Mandela meets with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.  “You look younger every time I see you,” the 89-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate tells the British sovereign, who is 82 at the time, as she has him round for an informal chat.
25 June, Mandela uses a speech at a dinner in London to condemn a "tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe.
26 June, Nelson Mandela addresses a 46664 fund-raising dinner, in London, thanking the assembled guests for their support.
26 June, US lawmakers erase references to Mandela as a terrorist from national databases.
27 June, Stars pay tribute to Mandela at the 46664-music concert, celebrating his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park.
July, Two books, Nelson Mandela: the Authorised Comic Book, and Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela, are published.
9 July, Mandela addresses a Children’s Party hosted by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Children bestow the title “The Children’s Champion” on Mandela.
12 July, Nelson Mandela addresses the audience before Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf delivers the keynote address at the 6th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Kliptown, Soweto.
18 July, Mandela and the world celebrate his 90th birthday.
18 July, Restoration work on Mandela House, in Soweto, as part of the Soweto Heritage Trust’s commemoration of the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela.  The event focuses on the Mandela House and Nelson Mandela’s story, both in the context of his home, and in the context of his life as a whole, in a manner that promotes his legacy of human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance among the peoples of South Africa.
18 July, The South African Mint issues a commemorative R5 circulation coin on the occasion of his 90th birthday.  This is the first time ever that a former President has featured twice on the same denomination and in the same circulation coin series.
21 July, Time magazine honours Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday by placing him on its front cover and carrying an article on him.
5 August, Nelson Mandela addresses an ANC rally held to celebrate his 90th birthday. In his speech, Mandela says: “And I ask you today: do not celebrate an individual. Celebrate the achievements and reaffirm the values of a great organisation, one that has led for almost a hundred years.”
21 August, A statue of former President Nelson Mandela is unveiled at the Groot Drakenstein prison, where he spent a part of his imprisonment, in Paarl near Cape Town.
November, Nelson Mandela attends a ceremony hosted by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where the Harry Oppenheimer family hands over a collection of Rivonia Trial prosecution records from their Brenthurst Library.
15 January, A new wax figure of Nelson Mandela is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in New York, United States of America.
20 January, Nelson Mandela,  in a letter to the newly elected US President Barack Obama, describes Obama's election as "something truly historic not only in the political annals of your great nation, the United States of America, but of the world".
15 February, Nelson Mandela and his grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, endorse the ANC at a rally at Idutywa, Eastern Cape.
19 April, Nelson Mandela, is driven around in a golf cart at Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium as the African National Congress embarks on its final election rally before the national elections on 22 April.   
July, Mandela is conferred the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, presented by tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams.
July, Nelson Mandela  becomes the first winner of the Geremek Award,  conferred by the Portuguese Presidency of the Community of Democracy during the Ministerial Conference in Lisbon for continuing the struggle for democracy, civil liberties and human dignity.
8 July, Bulgaria's President, Georgi Parvanov, confers on former president Nelson Mandela the highest Bulgarian state order. The award was presented by Bulgaria's Ambassador to South Africa, Volodya Neykov, to Achmat Dangor, Director of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
11 July, Nobel Laureate and founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus, delivers the Seventh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at Johannesburg’s City Hall, with Nelson Mandela in the audience. The theme of the lecture is “Eradicating poverty by investing in the marginalised”.
18 July, The first Mandela Day is celebrated both in South Africa and in the US (New York), with people in both countries responding enthusiastically to the challenge of improving the lives of those around them.
18 July, Mandela is honoured with the 2009 ESPYS Arthur Ashe Courage Award, given annually to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.  The award, which coincides with Mandela Day, is accepted on Mandela's behalf by his daughter Zindzi Mandela and grandson Zondwa Mandela.
31 July, Wits University officially launches The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital at a dedication ceremony at the Wits Education Campus in St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesbur.
5 November, African royalty and kings, queens, princes and princesses from scores of countries gather to honour Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first recipient of the inaugural African Royalty Award ceremony held in Freedom Park. Royalty from as far afield as Korea, Ghana, Togo, Lesotho, Botswana, Morocco, Germany, Libya, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, Kenya and Uganda, congratulate Madiba and thank him for his immense and immeasurable contribution to the struggle for the disenfranchised in South Africa and the rest of the world.
9 November, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund honours Nelson Mandela with the International Breaking Barriers Award for his lifetime dedication to international public service in New York, USA. The International Breaking Barriers Award is the highest honour presented to an individual whose international impact on social justice, equality, public service and leadership embodies the spirit of the legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall  (the late US Supreme Court Associate Justice).
10 November, The United Nations General Assembly announces that Mandela's birthday, 18 July, will henceforth be known as “Mandela Day” marking his contribution to world freedom.
Votes for the fourth time in his life; Attends the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma on May 9 and witnesses Zuma's first State of the Nation address;
7 May, The Laureate International Universities (LIU) network announces in Madrid, Spain that Nelson Mandela will be conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
12 May, Mandela moves back to his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
30 May, Brown University, founded in 1764, in Providence, Rhode Island, the seventh-oldest college in the US, confers an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Nelson Mandela.  Johnny Moloto, charge d’affaires at the South African embassy in Washington, accepts the degree on Mandela’s behalf.
11 June, Mandela receives the Orden del Águila Azteca, presented by President of México Felipe Calderón, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
17 June, Nelson Mandela attends the funeral of his great-granddaughter, 13-year-old Zenani Mandela, who was killed in car crash.  The death of Zenani forces Mandela to cancel plans to attend the opening the 2010 World Soccer Cup.
11 July, Nelson Mandela attends the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 World Soccer Cup.
15 July, The Nelson Mandela Museum embarks on a programme to recognise the significance of the village of Mqhekezweni and begins restoring the traditional dwelling that was Nelson Mandela’s home from the age of nine until he left for Johannesburg aged 21. Mqhekezweni was the original Great Place of King Dyalindyebo of Thembu, and was the home of the Regent, Jongintaba Mtirara, who took responsibility for grooming the young Nelson Mandela after the death of his father.
18 July, The UN observes the first annual 'Nelson Mandela Day' in the honour of Nelson Mandela.   The resolution to commemorate Mandela's birthday on 18 July as 'Nelson Mandela Day' was adopted by the world body in November 2009.
22 July, Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, delivers the 2010 Nelson Mandela Africa Lecture, “The Commonwealth and Africa”, at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, London, UK.
28 October, Mandela receives an Honorary Degree from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
October, His second book Conversations with Myself is published
18 November, Meets the South African and American football teams that played in the Mandela Challenge match
18 November, Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, delivers a lecture at the Africana Research Centre at Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA.  Mamdani’s lecture, “Human Rights: The African Experience and the Way Forward”, is presented as part of the 2010 Nelson Mandela Lecture Series.
15 January, News that Mandela has died causes Twitter to go viral. It is discovered that the news is a hoax that is traced back to BlackBerry Message.
February, Nelson Mandela is admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg for ‘routine medical tests’. The ANC through its spokesman Jackson Mthembu appeals for people not to speculate on his health.
16 May, Votes in the local government elections
June, His book Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations is published
21 June, Michelle Obama, the US First Lady and her two daughters visit Nelson Mandela.
18 July, President Jacob Zuma will visit Former President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu.
18 July, Celebrates his 93rd birthday with his family in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
22 October. Census enumerators visit Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu, and count the family members.
December, Media organisations that had mounted cameras in areas near Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu are forced to remove them by the police task team.
December, Spends Christmas with family in Qunu.
January, Mathews Phosa the ANC Treasurer visits Nelson Mandela and hands over to him a copy of the book celebrating the ANC’s 100th Anniversary.
January, Mandela leaves Qunu for Houghton in Johannesburg to allow for renovations to be done.
25 February, Mandela is admitted to receive treatment for abdominal pains.
26 February, Discharged from hospital.
2 March, Mandela is admitted to receive treatment for abdominal pains.
12 May, Mandela moves back to his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
28 May, Mandela returns to Qunu after renovations at his home are completed.
30 May, The African National Congress (ANC)’s centenary torch in brought to Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu with Baleka Mbete the ANC chairperson leading the delegation.
11 July, President Jacob Zuma visits Nelson Mandela a few days before his birthday at his residence in Qunu.
18 July, Former US President Bill Clinton visits Nelson Mandela on his 94th birthday at his home in Qunu.
2 October, President Jacob Zuma visits Nelson Mandela at his residence in Qunu.
5 December, A plane assumed to be carrying medicine for Mandela, who was living in Qunu, Eastern Cape at the time, crashes over the Drakensberg mountain range.
8 December, Nelson Mandela is admitted to a hospital in Pretoria for medical attention. The office of the Presidency issues a statement saying “Madiba is doing well and there is no cause for alarm.”
9 December,President Jacob Zuma visits Nelson Mandela at a hospital in Pretoria where he had been admitted.
26 December, Mandela is discharged from the hospital after spending sometime at the hospital where he was admitted in early December.
March 9, Admitted to hospital for a scheduled medical check-up.
March 10, Is discharged from hospital.
March 27, Is admitted to hospital for lung infection.
April,  Leaders of the ANC,  deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, party chairperson Baleka Mbete and the party’s president Jacob Zuma visit Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Subsequent to the visit Zuma issues a statement about Mandela’s condition sparking general public criticism. 
April 6, Is discharged from hospital.
May, The Airspace over Nelson Mandela’s home in Qunu is declared a no fly zone to the prevent media from fly over the place and take photographs.
8 June, Nelson Mandela is admitted to a hospital. The military ambulance carrying Mandela from his Houghton home to the Medi-clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria breaks down on the way to the hospital. The ambulance is stranded for almost 45 minutes on the side of the highway.
14 June, Religious figures from across religious organisations gather at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town to pray for Mandela.
17 June, Graca Machel, the wife of Nelson Mandela issues a statement thanking the world for its support.
23 June, President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa visit Mandela.
24 June, The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu and leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Bantu Holomisa visit Nelson Mandela in hospital.
July 18, Spends his 95th birthday in hospital.
1 September, Is discharged from hospital.
26 June, President Jacob Zuma visits Madiba in hospital.
5 December, Madiba passes away.
5 December, On the night Mandela dies the royal premiere of Long Walk to Freedom takes place in London. The movie is a chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi and Zenani, are at the premiere and immediately leave the Cinema.
6 December, Mandela’s body is moved from Houghton to the military hospital in Pretoria to be embalmed.
7 December, The bourse of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange stops trading for five minutes at 11am to pay respect to Mandela, who died two days earlier. The only other time the bourse stopped trading was in 1994 when Mandela walked onto the exchange’s trading floor.
11 December, Mandela’s remains lie in state at the Union Buildings.
12 December, Mandela’s remains lie in state at the Union Buildings.
13 December, Mandela’s remains lie in state at the Union Buildings.
14 December, Mandela’s remains are flown to Qunu, Eastern Cape.
15 December, Mandela is buried.
3 February, Mandela’s will is read out at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory in Sandton, Johannesburg. The ANC, several education institutions, Graca Machal and his children and grandchildren, as well as his personal assistant and chef, are all beneficiaries. Winnie Madikizel-Mandela does not receive anything.

Last updated : 14-Jul-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 11-Apr-2011