A digital archive of the life of South Africa’s apartheid struggle hero Nelson Mandela has gone online to help remind future generations of the country’s chequered history.
Thousands of letters, photos and documents relating to the former president have been laid out on the website, including personal notes to his family that were smuggled out of prison.
Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, praised the project at a presentation in Johannesburg: “I think what young people will probably learn from the archive as they trawl through it is that it is possible to sustain positive values in the manner in which you live your life, in the example that you are.”
The project was partly financed by internet giant Google, which plans to launch similar websites for other historical figures.
One of Mandela’s granddaughters Ndileka says the 93-year-old is elated by the archive.