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Madiba: a Schools Art Exchange Exhibition

The Wandsworth Museum and World Heart Beat Music Academy held an art exhibition celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela on 7 May 2014.

Opened by:
Antoinette Haselhorst – Celebrated South African Author and Photographer
who also signed copies of her book, Reflections on Nelson Mandela, Icon of Peace

The exhibition lasted for the duration of the Wandsworth Arts and Fringe Festival, and was open from 2-8pm, 7th-16th May.

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by
how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
Nelson Mandela

From his supremely extraordinary life,
We learn how to become
And not how to acquire.”
Sri Chinmoy

His Excellency Mr Obed Mlaba, High Commissioner for South Africa in the UK

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Antoinette Haselhorst, Photographer and Author

1531648_10152224605421719_1672261212_nPhotographer Antoinette Haselhorst was born and raised in South Africa, she is also the author of the books Motherhood and Reflections on Nelson Mandela, which include many famous names such as Barbra Streisand, Kevin Spacey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi Campbell and many others.

She has had her work published and reviewed in magazines and newspapers including, The Observer’s Life magazine, London Metro, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Sunday Express, The Independent, The Scotsman, Readers Digest, Pride, LA Flavorwire and London Today TV and BBC Radio 4. She has worked with publications in South Africa, Germany, United Kingdom, such as Die Welt am Sontag, The Face, Dazed and Confused, Attitude. Exhibitions include the Proud Galleries London, with sponsor De Beers, The Halcyon and Mappin and Webb in Glasgow.


Reflections on Nelson Mandela gives us insight into this enigmatic figure and mankind’s reaction to him. A sociological and philosophical look at our humanity, from artists to activists, bankers to bouncers, market traders to road sweepers, policemen to journalists, healers to students, renowned statesmen, thinkers, performers, celebrities and commentators. Over 100 people each pictured alongside their answer to one question: “What do you think society, mankind and humanity can learn from Nelson Mandela’s values and virtues?” (Kevin Spacey, Barbra Steisand, Diana Ross, Whoopi Goldeberg, Richard Branson, A.C.Grayling, Alistair Campbell, Celine Dion, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Judy Dench, Richard E Grant, Beverley Knight, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Boris Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cornel West, Padraig O’Malley, Dennis Haysbert, Trevor Nelson, Steven Fry……)
Produced under licence from the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (who receive a royalty for every book sold), Reflections on Nelson Mandela is the only officially sanctioned book of its kind ever to be published.

Antoinette Haselhorst is a celebrated South African portrait and fashion photographer.

News from the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund


The sound of children playing and laughing – exactly what our founder Nelson Mandela would have wanted – marked the beginning of construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg on 20 March 2014.

Led by the hospital’s child ambassador, six-year-old Michai’ah Simons, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, turned the first sod. Scores of children broke into cheers of jubilation as five huge earth-moving machines roared into action on the site.

Speaking at the construction site, Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, said the hospital was dedicated to the children of southern Africa.

Sibongile said:
“After years of fundraising under difficult economic conditions, we are proud to announce that we have raised R570 million, enabling us to break ground and start building the hospital. Fundraising by the hospital trust will continue until the target of R1 billion is reached.”

Motsoaledi said:
“On behalf of the Department of Health, we commit our continued support. The hospital will be a place for teaching and research.”

Wits University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Habib remembered how Madiba walked the academic institution’s grounds in the 1940s and was told by one of its academics that “black people cannot be great lawyers”. “I wish to apologise for this and the donation of land to make your dream a reality is our demonstration of our apology .Wits University will ensure that we have various academic and clinical synergies for the operation of the hospital and for the training and education of high level clinical paediatric skills in the southern African region,” he said.

The building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is the one place where the legacy of Mr Nelson Mandela and his love of children exist in the daily life of a child. Every interaction will be an expression of his love and care for children.

Through its training and research, the hospital will build human capacity and will spread the ethos, values and approach of Mr Mandela.

As Mr Mandela said:
“Children have a right to be cared for and receive the best medical treatment available when they are ill. They have a right to receive this treatment in an environment that is safe and caring with uncompromising standards and where the needs of children are always top priority.”

The need for a dedicated children’s hospital is not a luxury, but a vital necessity that can no longer be delayed. This is a call for action to people who not only sleep to dream, but are also capable of waking up to work towards making dreams a reality.

I thank you for your commitment to this wonderful initiative of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and I ask for your continued support as we work together to take one step further in our efforts to change the way society treats its most precious asset – our children.” Nelson R. Mandela

We need your help to make Mr Mandela’s dream a reality.

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