Honouring and promoting the legacies of Oliver & Adelaide Tambo

The Tambo name is synonymous with integrity, humility, selfless leadership, patriotism, courage and conviction. The Tambos dedicated their lives to the struggle for a democratic South Africa – one in which all would be treated as equals and reap the benefits of a free and fair democratic dispensation.

O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative

The O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative (ORTARCHI) aims to honour a leading figure in the
development of African unity; have a catalytic impact on the development of research infrastructure
on the continent; and contribute to knowledge production and high-end skills.

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About The Foundation

The Oliver & Adelaide Tambo Foundation is a public benefit organisation that was established in 2011 to promote, protect and preserve the legacies of married freedom fighters and doyens of democracy, Oliver and Adelaide Tambo.


The Foundation actively promotes the memory of the Tambos through education, community-upliftment, arts & culture, and women-empowerment initiatives, amongst others. Additionally, we host a number of dialogues with institutions of higher learning and other stakeholders in the private and public sector that seek to instil the values for which the Tambos stood in future generations.


We believe that these values, such as collective leadership, humility, integrity, justice, equality, and pan-Africanism, are critical in consolidating our democracy and providing future leaders with the tools to reinforce the gains made by Tambo.




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Established in 2011, the Foundation is a Public Benefit Organisation (s18A) that relies on donations in order to protect, preserve and promote the legacies of Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, and carry out the programmes that we undertake.

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"She was a nursing sister, a leader in her own right. It is she in her own right, doing the things she was able to do.” — Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu remembers . Happy 92nd birthday, MaTambo! © OR Tambo: Jewel In Our ...

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"The most elegant, self-assured, confident, warm, loving, generous — almost to a fault — person that I’ve ever come across." — Amb Lindiwe Mabuza describes her dear friend, Adelaide Tambo. Happy 92nd birthday, MaTambo! © OR Ta...

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As we celebrate & MaTambo’s birthday, we know with absolute certainty that these two leaders had an unwavering commitment to serving their people. Honour their legacies by assisting those in need today and always. © Medi...

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“We had resolved that…whatever happens, we will fight tooth and nail…until freedom is won in South Africa.” — Adelaide Tambo Happy 92nd birthday, MaTambo! © OR Tambo: Jewel In Our Crown

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Today, we celebrate the birthday of two giants — Nelson Mandela & Adelaide Tambo. Every year that they were in the same place, they would have breakfast together. We salute these icons today and every day. © THEMBA HADEBE/AFP via Ge...

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