Nelson Mandela's "Irreversible" March to Freedom

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  • Mandela's Administration Brings Revolutionary Change
  • Creating a Diverse Government
  • Drafting a Brand New South Africa
  • Dressing Apartheid Wounds With Truth and Reconciliation
  • Restoring Land Confiscated During Apartheid
  • Protecting the Rights of Farm Workers
  • Uniting the Nation at the Rugby World Cup
  • Improving the Skills of Workers
  • Regulating the Rights of Trade Unions
  • Enforcing Children’s Right to Health Care
  • Providing Education Accessible to South African Youth

Mandela's Administration Brings Revolutionary Change

Considered “the father of the nation,” Nelson Mandela brought forth landmark policies during his presidency to counteract the sweeping socioeconomic disparities caused by apartheid. As the first Black president of South Africa, he undertook the enormous task of rehabilitating a divided nation and undoing decades of institutionalized poverty, inequality and racism. History-making reforms targeting education, healthcare, employment and land were enacted throughout his first and only five-year term, from 1994 to 1999. Continue reading to learn more about the major changes ushered in during Mandela’s administration.Patrice Peck

(Photo: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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