The Nelson Mandela Foundation was established in 1999 when its founder, Nelson Mandela, stepped down as the president of South Africa. It aims to help build a society that remembers its past, listens to all its voices, and pursues social justice.

The spiral

​The spiral, which in many ancient societies symbolised constant renewal, simultaneously represents the centring of memory, disseminating of information and widening impact of the Foundation's work in the world.