tambologoLaunched in 2011 and in partnership with the O.R Tambo International Airport and The City of Ekurhuleni, the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk aims to highlight the role played the Tambo’s in the liberation of the country, in fostering unity and racial integration amongst all South Africans.

Each year the campaign has a different theme; in 2011 the theme was ‘Walk for those who Cannot’, in 2012 the theme was ‘Walk for Education’ and in 2013 the theme was ‘Ten Thousand Feet United for Education’, the theme from 2013 has become more of a campaign which will follow on in 2014. This campaign is aimed at ensuring every child has a right to education.
The Liberation Walk aims to give South Africans an opportunity to get involved in causes that are focussed on education. With the Walk, the public can be part of the campaign and therefore create awareness for the education campaign. Proceeds from sponsorship and participation fees will be donated to learners from poor backgrounds, as will be identified by educational authorities.
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In partnership with The Wits School of Governance, the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation will be hosting a series of 10 public debates, scheduled to span over 15 months and focussing on the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP). The first debate was hosted on the 24 July 2014 in Johannesburg, with the theme “Implementing the NDP and how can it be done?”

This inaugural debate featured a panel representative of government, labour, civil society and academia, who gave their perspectives on the NDP, highlighting its possibilities and limitations. Jeff Radebe (Minister in the Presidency), Professor Adam Habib (Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal), Neil Coleman (COSATU) and Nku Nyembezi-Heita (Chairman: JSE Ltd.), made up the panel of experts. Veteran journalist, Siki Mgabadeli, was the moderator.

The Debate Series also pays homage to the life and work of Oliver Tambo, who according the CEO of the foundation, Mr Mavuso Msimang;

‘Oliver Reginald Tambo was most noted for his exceptional leadership skills combined with hardnosed political realism.’
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The Choral Festival will be held on the 18th and 19th of October in 2014, and forms part of the many activities held to celebrate the life of O.R Tambo, who had a love and passion for choral music. He was a member in the school choir at St Peter’s as well as a choral music composer.
The festival brings together many choirs, who compete and hope to win the grand prize. These local choirs benefit immensely from the various workshops that are held before the main competition. These workshops are conducted by the University of Cape Town, Tshwane University of Technology and the Julliard School of Music (USA).


The inaugaral OR Tambo Memorial Lecture was given by His Excellency Dr Jacob G Zuma, President of South Africa on the 24th of October 2011 at the launch of the foundations. In 2012 the lecture was delivered by Former President Thabo Mbeki on 19th October at Fort Hare University, where OR Tambo was the first black Chancellor from 1990 to 1993. In 2013, Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim spoke at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) conference centre.

As part of the Sedibeng District Municipality’s Women’s Month celebration programme, the National Basic Education Minister and ANC Women’s League President Angie Motshega delivered a memorial lecture in honour of Adelaide Tambo. In her speech she spoke about the importance of women to affiliate themselves with structures that will empower them. These structures were similar to those that Adelaide Tambo used in her anti-apartheid struggle and are important in women making sure their voices are heard.