File picture: Paul McErlane/Reuters
File picture: Paul McErlane/Reuters
File picture: John Parkin/AP
File picture: John Parkin/AP
Picture: Alet van Huyssteen, HO Nelson Mandela Foundation/AP
Picture: Alet van Huyssteen, HO Nelson Mandela Foundation/AP
File picture: Steve Crisp/Reuters
File picture: Steve Crisp/Reuters
Picture: Adrian de Kock/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Picture: Adrian de Kock/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Shafiek Tassiem/Reuters
File picture: Shafiek Tassiem/Reuters
File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
File picture: Antoine de Ras/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Antoine de Ras/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa
File picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa
Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Centenary of an icon: A file picture of Nelson Mandela shortly after his release in which he acknowledged a thunderous welcome from more than 200 people in Worcester.Picture: Leon Muller/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Centenary of an icon: A file picture of Nelson Mandela shortly after his release in which he acknowledged a thunderous welcome from more than 200 people in Worcester.Picture: Leon Muller/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
An undated Nelson Mandela poster calling for his release. Picture: /ANA Archives
An undated Nelson Mandela poster calling for his release. Picture: /ANA Archives
File picture: Carel du Toit Trust
File picture: Carel du Toit Trust
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
29 October 1998. Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela and Mac Maharaj. Picture: Ken Oosterbroek/ANA Archives
29 October 1998. Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela and Mac Maharaj. Picture: Ken Oosterbroek/ANA Archives
27 June 1996. Milestone . . . Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu (left), his deputy Dr Alex Boraine (right) and President Nelson Mandela in jovial mood as the commission’s first interim reportis handed over to the president. Picture: Andreas Vlachakis/ANA Archives
27 June 1996. Milestone . . . Truth and Reconciliation Commission chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu (left), his deputy Dr Alex Boraine (right) and President Nelson Mandela in jovial mood as the commission’s first interim reportis handed over to the president. Picture: Andreas Vlachakis/ANA Archives
Mandela visit to Katorus, Phola Park on the East Rand. Picture: Gary Bernard/ANA Archives
Mandela visit to Katorus, Phola Park on the East Rand. Picture: Gary Bernard/ANA Archives
1995 World Cup Final.  Picture: Duif du Toit /ANA Archives
1995 World Cup Final. Picture: Duif du Toit /ANA Archives
Rugby World Cup Final 1995 Ellis Park
Duif du Toit’s landmark photograph of President Nelson Mandela presenting South African captain Francois Pienaar with the Rugby World Cup trophy.
Picture: Duif du Toit/ANA Archives
Rugby World Cup Final 1995 Ellis Park Duif du Toit’s landmark photograph of President Nelson Mandela presenting South African captain Francois Pienaar with the Rugby World Cup trophy. Picture: Duif du Toit/ANA Archives
11 Dec 1996. President Nelson Mandela signing the new constitution in Vereeniging. Picture: Christine Nesbitt/ANA Archives
11 Dec 1996. President Nelson Mandela signing the new constitution in Vereeniging. Picture: Christine Nesbitt/ANA Archives
New Role: If there is a clampdown, Nelson Mandela, in a joint multiracial emergency coalition, might be expected to crush violence even more effectively than did the Nationalists. Picture: /ANA Archives
New Role: If there is a clampdown, Nelson Mandela, in a joint multiracial emergency coalition, might be expected to crush violence even more effectively than did the Nationalists. Picture: /ANA Archives
July 2001. Desmond Tutu and his wife, Graca Machel and Nelson Mandela at Tutu’s house on his 25th year of bein a Bishop. Picture: Kim Ludrook/ANA Archives
July 2001. Desmond Tutu and his wife, Graca Machel and Nelson Mandela at Tutu’s house on his 25th year of bein a Bishop. Picture: Kim Ludrook/ANA Archives
29 November 1995. Well done . . . President Nelson Mandela surrounded by members of the South African soccer team, congratulates striker Daniel Mudau. Picture: Natasha Pincus/ANA Archives
29 November 1995. Well done . . . President Nelson Mandela surrounded by members of the South African soccer team, congratulates striker Daniel Mudau. Picture: Natasha Pincus/ANA Archives
Goodwill Zwelithini and Nelson Mandela. Picture: Themba Hadebe/ANA Archives
Goodwill Zwelithini and Nelson Mandela. Picture: Themba Hadebe/ANA Archives
FILE. Former South African President Nelson Mandela laughing while celebrating his birthday with children at the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in Johannesburg. PHOTO: ANA
FILE. Former South African President Nelson Mandela laughing while celebrating his birthday with children at the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in Johannesburg. PHOTO: ANA
FILE - This Nov. 29, 2003 file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela, kissing U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, at the Nelson Mandela AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. It is announced Monday July 9, 2018, that Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in South Africa to honor Mandela as part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. (AP Photo/file)
FILE - This Nov. 29, 2003 file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela, kissing U.S. singer Beyonce Knowles, at the Nelson Mandela AIDS Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. It is announced Monday July 9, 2018, that Beyonce and Jay-Z will headline a special Global Citizen Festival in South Africa to honor Mandela as part of events marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. (AP Photo/file)
Nelson Mandela, 85 years old today, reads through a celebratory supplement with delighted pupils of the Jeppe Preparatory School, Johannesburg, who sang happy birthday to him. The pupils are Lindo Mgaga (left), Caleb Reddy, Kamohelo Mokoatle, Nkululeko Faku, Massimo Pedroncelli, Jessica Thom, Noluthando Nkomane, Ziyaad Bhayat, Chloe Benjamin, and Mkhululi Makhunga.
Nelson Mandela, 85 years old today, reads through a celebratory supplement with delighted pupils of the Jeppe Preparatory School, Johannesburg, who sang happy birthday to him. The pupils are Lindo Mgaga (left), Caleb Reddy, Kamohelo Mokoatle, Nkululeko Faku, Massimo Pedroncelli, Jessica Thom, Noluthando Nkomane, Ziyaad Bhayat, Chloe Benjamin, and Mkhululi Makhunga.
RECONCILIATORY: The qualities that underpinned the leadership styles of Nelson Mandela and former US president Barack Obama are seen as forged by tolerance, inclusivity and democracy in a world that is increasingly turning nativist, says the writer. Pictures: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters/Charles Dharapak/AP
RECONCILIATORY: The qualities that underpinned the leadership styles of Nelson Mandela and former US president Barack Obama are seen as forged by tolerance, inclusivity and democracy in a world that is increasingly turning nativist, says the writer. Pictures: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters/Charles Dharapak/AP
Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, walks out of the Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, after spending 27 years in jail, on February 11, 1990.
Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Winnie, walks out of the Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, after spending 27 years in jail, on February 11, 1990.
Pictures: African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Pictures: African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Many of the letters portray Mandela the loving husband and attentive father.
Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Many of the letters portray Mandela the loving husband and attentive father.
Nelson Mandela File photo: INLSA
Nelson Mandela File photo: INLSA
Nelson Mandela (L) and pop star Michael Jackson hug each other at the then president's official home in Cape Town in 1996. File picture: Patrick De Noirmont/Reuters
Nelson Mandela (L) and pop star Michael Jackson hug each other at the then president's official home in Cape Town in 1996. File picture: Patrick De Noirmont/Reuters
President Nelson Mandela and Deputy President F.W. de Klerk hold their hands high as they address a huge crowd of people in front of the Union Building after the inauguration ceremony in May 1994. File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
President Nelson Mandela and Deputy President F.W. de Klerk hold their hands high as they address a huge crowd of people in front of the Union Building after the inauguration ceremony in May 1994. File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
Nelson Mandela reads his famous speech on the steps of the Cape Town City Hall after his release from the Victor Verster Prison. File picture Leon Muller/Independent Media archives
Nelson Mandela reads his famous speech on the steps of the Cape Town City Hall after his release from the Victor Verster Prison. File picture Leon Muller/Independent Media archives
President Nelson Mandela (L) and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki dance during an ANC rally at the FNB stadium in 1999. Mandela has passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. File picture: Peter Andrews/Reuters
President Nelson Mandela (L) and Deputy President Thabo Mbeki dance during an ANC rally at the FNB stadium in 1999. Mandela has passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. File picture: Peter Andrews/Reuters
File picture: Corinne Dufka/Reuters
File picture: Corinne Dufka/Reuters
File picture: David Brauchli/AP
File picture: David Brauchli/AP
File picture: Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation
File picture: Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation
Picture: Denis Farrell/AP
Picture: Denis Farrell/AP
File picture: Denis Farrell/AP
File picture: Denis Farrell/AP
File picture: Fifa via Keyston/AP
File picture: Fifa via Keyston/AP
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File picture: Greg English/AP
File picture: Themba Hadebe/AP
File picture: Themba Hadebe/AP
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File picture: International Defence and Aid Fund/Reuters
File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Debbie Yazbek
File picture: Debbie Yazbek
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File picture: AP
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File picture: Supplied
File picture: Michael Kooren/Reuters
File picture: Michael Kooren/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Picture: R Botha/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Picture: R Botha/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Paul McErlane/Reuters
File picture: Paul McErlane/Reuters
Picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP
Picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: S'bu Mfeka/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: S'bu Mfeka/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP
File picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP
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File picture: Supplied
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File picture: Themba Hadebe/AP
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File picture: Schalk van Zuydam/AP
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File picture: AP
File picture: AP
File picture: AP
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File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
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File picture:Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters
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File picture: Patrick de Moirmont/Reuters
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File picture: Robin Utrecht/Reuters
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File picture: Remy de la Mauviniere/Reuters
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File picture: Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Howard Burditt/Reuters
File picture: Howard Burditt/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Jerry Holt/AP
File picture: Jerry Holt/AP
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File picture: Udo Weitz/AP
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File picture: Edmond Terakopian/AP
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File picture: Jerry Holt/AP
File picture: Jerry Holt/AP
File picture: Jerry Holt/AP
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File picture: The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris (AP)
Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
Picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
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File picture: Andy Clark/Reuters
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File picture: Anders Holmstroem/Reuters
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File picture: Mikhail Japaridze/AP
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File picture: Antoine de Ras/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
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File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Leon Muller/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
File picture: Leon Muller/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
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File picture: Andrew Parsons/AP
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File picture: www.anc.org.za
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File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Mike Hutchings/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Juda Ngwenya/Reuters
File picture: Linda Morris
File picture: Linda Morris
From his boxer's pose with his gloves held aloft to his power salute when he walked out of prison after 27 years, there have been many, many pictures of Nelson Mandela over the years that have captured the strength, determination and spirit of the iconic freedom fighter. To celebrate Madiba's centenary we share 100 pictures, taken at various stages of his life. 

Born in Mveso, Transkei, a century ago Mandela has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world with his wisdom, ability to forgive and his absolute kindness. By the time Tata died, he had firmly established himself as a statesman and an example for people from all backgrounds.

We hope that you will enjoy this pictorial journey through Madiba's life and that it will help you remember the spirit of community that he was so determined to foster among all South Africans.

Happy birthday Tata, we salute you!

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