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 following values serve as a guiding principal for the organisation and our work. Much more needs to be done to ensure that the hard work of weaving these values into the fabric of our work begins.   

We are committed to being ethical, professional, reliable and authentic.
We care deeply about the world and the work we do in it. We aim to go the extra mile.
We listen carefully, honour difference, and embrace inclusivity.
Work for us is a calling. We strive for excellence in serving our publics. We work to build the world of Nelson Mandela’s dreams.
We are determined to fight injustice in all its forms. We are committed to continuing self-renewal. We welcome creativity.
We believe in freedom of information. We strive to share information resources as widely as possible.  We respect legitimate restrictions on access.