Updated as of July 2023

1. Privacy Policy

1.1. Cookies

We, the People SA domains are designed to allow users freedom of access to information. Public users will not be asked to log in and will not be asked for any personally identifying information when viewing our content.

However, like many modern websites, our site collects cookies in order to enable browsing and loading of certain types of content and to make this website work for you. Visitors to sites who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies.

Our site supports integration with Google Analytics for the purposes of gathering statistics on page views, site usage, user location, and other data on site visits. All data collected by Google Analytics are stored and processed by Google, according to the Google Ads Data Processing Terms.

None of the information gathered through the use of cookies or Google Analytics is used for any purpose other than the ones described above.

1.2. Logged in Users

Users who log in have user accounts with usernames and passwords. These data are collected solely for the purpose of enabling users to log into the software and are not disclosed to third parties. All user passwords are stored in encrypted form to enhance data security.

1.3. Collection of Personal Information and Use

Subject to your consent, We, the People SA collects, stores, and uses information from people who:

We may collect and process personal information such as: names, email address, telephone number, physical address and request details. We use this information to:

  • send you marketing materials or other information you have requested
  • contact you regarding your enquiries or donations
  • identify areas for improvement using statistics from enquiry types and subjects
  • contact you to update your personal information on our system and ensure you are informed of any policy changes that may affect the treatment of your personal information

If you would like to revoke your consent for the use of your personal information please contact us at [email protected]

2. Copyright

We, the People SA domains are intended as educational and information resources. We would like to make the information on our site available to as many people as possible. However, there are various types of information on our site so please read the terms and conditions below before considering reproducing any material found on this site

2.1 Use of We, the People SA material

Material produced or owned by We, the People SA may be reproduced so long as we are credited as the source of the information under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License

2.2 Use of all other materials

Please contact us at [email protected] before using material for publication or commercial purposes.

We, the People SA, use licensed materials to which we cannot grant any reproduction or onward usage.

On our archival subdomain, each item in each collection may have special conditions and permission that apply to it and its use. We have made and continue to make our best effort to attribute the source of all content.

We can retrieve high resolution copies of our archival holdings and would like to help you get the best quality for your publication when it is possible to get permission to reproduce it. There are benefits to contacting us for copyright information, please contact the archive.

3. Take-down Policy

We try our best to make We, the People SA safe and inclusive. We want to ensure your rights are respected and we take this responsibility seriously.

If you are concerned that there is material on our website that violates our commitment to uphold your rights, please let us know! You can send us a take-down notice if you find materials that:

  • you own and have not given us permission to display,
  • may be in breach of copyright laws,
  • contain sensitive personal data,
  • or includes content that may be regarded as offensive, defamatory and obscene.

You can email us at [email protected]

We will need the following information from you:

  • Your contact details
  • The full details of the material, ideally the full URL where you found the material
  • The reason for your request including but not limited to copyright law, privacy laws, data protection, obscenity, defamation etc

On receiving a ‘Notice and Take-down’, we will acknowledge receipt of your complaint and will make an initial assessment. If the complaint is valid, the material will be removed from public view from the archive of We, the People SA pending an agreed solution.



Audio Visual

President Mandela gives his State of the Nation address in Parliament. Mandela ends his address with the words, “Let us all get down to work”.

“We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political and the human rights of all our citizens.”– President Mandela, extract from State of the Nation Address, 24 May 1994

President Nelson Mandela announces his cabinet. It includes members of the African National Congress, National Party and Inkatha Freedom Party.

“There was pride in serving in the first democratic government in South Africa, and then the additional pride of serving under the iconic leadership of Nelson Mandela … [He] represented the hopes of not just our country, but of oppressed, marginalised and the poor in the world.”– Jay Naidoo, then Minister of RDP housing
“We place our vision of a new constitutional order for South Africa on the table not as conquerors, prescribing to the conquered. We speak as fellow citizens to heal the wounds of the past with the intent of constructing a new order based on justice for all.”– President Nelson Mandela, 10 May 1994