South Africa’s 20th Anniversary of Democracy and Freedom

On April 27, 2014, South Africa will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of democratic governance and freedom. A lot of developments, positive and negative, have happened in the country since the end of apartheid and the first democratic elections in April 1994 that saw Nelson Mandela elected as the country’s president. 

In his inaugural speech as the first president of a free and democratic South Africa on May 10, 1994, the late Mr Mandela said the following

“ The time for healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.  We have, at least achieved our political emancipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination….We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both white and black, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”

We discuss the progress and challenges in the reconstruction of a free, democratic, non-racial and prosperous South Africa since the end of apartheid in April 1994 with

Guests & Panel:

  • Yoliswa Cele, a young South African student and activist who is currently a Phi Theta Kappa Honors student majoring in political science and marketing. Yoliswa is also an executive member of the Imbizo Cost Committee - a forum of South Africans in New York and focuses on social development issues. 
  • Serusha Govender, An awarding winning South African journalist based in New York and AfrobeatRadio co-producer


  • Tseliso Thipanyane, AfrobeatRadio's human rights producer - Host.