Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words

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The First 100 Days

“From the outset, the government of National Unity set itself two interrelated tasks: reconciliation and reconstruction, nation-building and development. This is South Africa’s challenge today. It will remain our challenge for many years to come.” —From Mandela’s opening address at the president's Budget Debate, 100 days after being named the first Black president of South Africa, Aug. 19, 1994. 

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