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This Man­dela Month we look at the facts and fig­ures that re­mind us of Nel­son Man­dela’s im­pact on South Africa, and the world

Ev­ery year on 18 July, Man­dela's birth­day and In­ter­na­tional Man­dela Day, South Africans and the global com­mu­nity take ac­tion to help change the world for the bet­ter.

Man­dela be­came pres­i­dent of a coun­try bankrupted by a decade of eco­nomic sanc­tions.The new gov­ern­ment, un­der his lead­er­ship, set about re­build­ing the econ­omy while at the same time ne­go­ti­at­ing a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion set­tle­ment. Those ne­go­ti­a­tions led to the adop­tion of a new Con­sti­tu­tion in 1996.

These num­bers re­mind us of Man­dela's im­pact on us, and the world.

Man­dela: the man

From his ar­rest on 5 Au­gust 1963 to his re­lease on 11 Fe­bru­ary 1989, Nel­son Man­dela spent 9 687 days in prison. Man­dela's pres­i­dency from 10 May 1994 to 29 March 1999 was a to­tal of 1 784 days. For ev­ery day he was pres­i­dent, he spent 5.4 in prison.

The 67 Min­utes cam­paign for Man­dela Day cel­e­brates the 67 years he spent in ser­vice to the peo­ple, be­gin­ning in 1942 when he joined the ANC to 2009 when he re­tired from pub­lic life. Man­dela's 1993 No­bel Peace Prize was just one of 695 awards be­stowed on him.

The top floor of Chan­cel­lor House in Jo­han­nes­burg housed the law prac­tice of Man­dela and OR Tambo for eight years, from 1952 to 1960. It is now a mu­seum, af­ter a R7 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion run by the City of Jo­han­nes­burg. Man­dela's state­ment from the dock at the 1964 Rivo­nia Trea­son Trial, which fa­mously con­cluded with “It is an ideal for which I am pre­pared to die”, is 10 690 words long and took al­most four hours to de­liver.

Man­dela: the Pres­i­dent

Man­dela was Pres­i­dent of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

When he took of­fice in­fla­tion was 14 per cent. Within 10 years it was brought down to 5 per cent. In 1990 the per capita in­come of South Africans was US$5 760. By 2000 it had risen to $6 679. In 1994 for­eign trade con­trib­uted only 42 per cent to GDP. By 2000 it had grown by a tenth, to 52.8 per cent.

In 1994 tax col­lec­tion was

R114 bil­lion. By 2000 it was R200 bil­lion.

A quar­ter of South Africa's for­mal hous­ing comes out of the 1994 Gov­ern­ment Hous­ing Pro­gramme. More than 10 739 com­mu­ni­ties in 968 towns and cities across the coun­try ben­e­fit­ted from the pro­gramme.

Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal

The R1 bil­lion Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal (NMCH) is one of only five in Africa, a con­ti­nent with 450 mil­lion chil­dren.

Once fully op­er­a­tional, the hos­pi­tal will em­ploy 150 doc­tors and 450 pae­di­atric nurses. The nurse-to-pa­tient ra­tio is 1:1. The hos­pi­tal's six wards have 29 beds each and re­cliner beds for care­givers to be next to pa­tients.

The ICU has 48 beds.The pae­di­atric and neona­tal ICUs both have 30 beds.

The hos­pi­tal's eight x-ray ma­chines will be able to treat

2 500 pa­tients a year.

The eight ma­jor and two mi­nor op­er­at­ing the­atres will be able to per­form over 5 000 life­sav­ing op­er­a­tions a year.

The top floor of the hos­pi­tal has 27 rooms for fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The NMCH Trust funded 266 nurs­ing bur­saries – with help from the Na­tional Skills Fund – and 10 fel­low­ships for hos­pi­tal staff.

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