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Captured by the lens

A handful of South Africa’s bravest press photographers brought our nation, and the world, the images that now form part of our history.

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This year, 18 July marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s centenary. We share this tribute, captured by South African photojournalists who were exposed to challenging and often violent situations to bring us our daily news.

Photo credits

Juhan Kuus and Keith Bernstein, Supplied by Gavin Fulonger, Papa-sa.Com

Keith Bernstein

Benny Gool

Rashid Lombard

Mandela is met by Queen Elizabeth II at the entrance to Buckingham Palace, 9 July1996. Photo by Keith Bernstein.


Pre-election campaigning at the Mispah School for disabled in Elim, Overberg, 1994. Photo by Keith Bernstein.


Mandela, 1995, leaving the grounds of Genadendal in his official helicopter. Photo by Keith Bernstein.


Zinzi and Nelson Mandela on a State visit to England, 9 July 1996. Photo by Keith Bernstein.


1994 pre-election campaigning in Elim, Western Cape. Photo by Keith Bernstein.


Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro at the 12th Non-Aligned Movement summit, Durban. September 1998. Photo by Juhan Kuus.


Mandela is assisted at an ANC Campaign at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, 28 March 1999. Photo by Juhan Kuus.


In 1997, to celebrate the Blue Train’s multimillion-rand revamp, Mandela invited heads of state and celebrities aboard its maiden trip. The passage from Pretoria to Cape Town was followed by dinner at Genadendal, his presidential residence in Rondebosch. During a layover in Worcester, Mandela met visually impaired 13-year-old Willem Venter who reached out to identify his hero by touch. Photo by Benny Gool.



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