Mandela as a Leader
Several reforms needed to take place in order to reestablish order and stability in the Republic of South Africa. Most of the reforms were aimed at blacks who were discriminated against during the apartheid policies. For example, reforms such as the Reconstruction and Development Plan helped increase funding to the needs of the public which included things such as housing, education, workplace policies, and the end of apartheid policies.
Other policies were signed into place such as the South African constitution as well as the establishment of health care policies. For his actions, Mandela would come to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and he would also receive the Order of Merit in 1995. He also tried to ease relations between blacks and whites by hosting the Rugby World Cup in 1995. Mandela helped the majority of the black population to come support the rugby team--even though the majority of the rugby team was white.
In 1999, Mandela's presidency term ended and he announced that he would retire from politics. Even with his retirement, he has still had a hand in worldwide issues. For example, in 2007, Mandela helped establish "The Elders" which is a group of world leaders that try to find solutions for issues around the world. Mandela also has spent time in a nonprofit organization called 46664 which helps fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic that rages around the world. The organization is named after Mandela's prison number that he wore for over 27 years.
He died of a respiratory illness on December 10, 2013. There was a 10-day national mourning in South Africa. Even after his death, Nelson Mandela continues to be a symbol of hope in the world. He was a leader who stood for human rights and took part in establishing freedoms for people all around the world. It is amazing to consider that he had served 27 years in prison and that he would come to be the president of South Africa after his release.