Nelson Mandela's "Irreversible" March to Freedom

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  • 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
  • Creating a Diverse Government
  • Drafting a Brand New South Africa
  • Dressing Apartheid Wounds With Truth and Reconciliation

Uniting the Nation at the Rugby World Cup

At the 1995 Rugby World Cup South Africa, Mandela seized a landmark opportunity to assuage post-apartheid race relations by rallying behind the national rugby team, the Springboks. The former president walked onto the field — donning a Springbok jersey — and presented the winning trophy to the team captain, uniting a historically divided nation around one event. “Sport,” Mandela once said, “has the power to change the world.”

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