Nelson Mandela’s personal diary from 1962 is now available online‚ thanks to a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia.The move is a nod to Madiba’s centennial celebration and an annual Wikimania conference underway in Cape Town.As of this week, the diary‚ featuring Madiba’s thoughts in his own handwriting‚ is available on Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource."We are very happy. The diary gives us a deep insight into Mandela’s day-to-day life in the 1960s‚" Wikimedia ZA president Douglas Scott said on Friday. "We are in discussion [with the Nelson Mandela Foundation] to see if we can get more diary volumes."The first download consists of 87 files comprising one volume of handwritten notes.Mandela’s personal thoughts‚ in the form of many diaries and lengthy prison letters‚ have been painstakingly catalogued‚ providing a valuable historic resource. Many of his letters were written to family members and ANC colleagues.The Cape Town conference ...

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