JOHANNESBURG – The Coca-Cola Company again supported the annual Nelson Mandela Foundation and its Annual Lecture as a silver sponsor. Former U.S. President Barack Obama gave the July 18 lecture to a crowd of 15,000 people at the Wanderer’s Stadium who gathered to hear Obama speak about the late leader's principles of dialogue and the art of listening and speaking to others.

The lecture kicked off a series of centenary celebrations and activities commemorating Mandela’s life and legacy. To honor the centennial of Madiba’s birth, the 2018 lecture’s theme was “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.” It focused on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines and resisting oppression and inequality.

The event, which was broadcast live on national TV and generated widespread international media coverage, also included inspiring remarks by Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“We are acknowledged by the Foundation as a Nelson Mandela Legacy Partner, and this year we are proud to be a silver sponsor for the Annual Lecture. Moving forward, we are excited to explore ways in which we can support the Nelson Mandela Foundation centenary celebrations and continue to bring his legacy to life around the world,” explains Maserame Mouyeme, director of public affairs, communications and sustainability, Coca-Cola Southern & East Africa.

For nearly 25 years, Coca-Cola has had a collaborative relationship with Nelson Mandela and his Foundation. Since 1994, the company has supported his commitment to social justice and equality and served as a primary sponsor of his 85th birthday celebrations, as well as being an annual supporter of Nelson Mandela Day.