Mandla Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and Chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council, will deliver a major address this week at the University of New South Wales.

In a speech entitled Mandela's Legacy - the Next Challenges for South Africa, Mandla will discuss the issues affecting his country including poverty, human rights, HIV, as well as his relationship with his grandfather and the significance of Mandela's 90th birthday.

Nelson Mandela gave up the right of Xhosa leader nearly 70 years ago to fight white rule in South Africa. When the tribe asked him to reclaim his position in 2007 he suggested his grandson Mandla Mandela, a politics graduate, assume the role.

"Monarchy and tribal leadership have a substantial role to play in the continued democratisation of the country and I am thankful that this role will allow me to follow in my grandfather's footsteps," says Mandla.

WHAT: UNSW Global Leaders Lecture Series, by His Royal Highness Chief Mandlesizwe Zwelivelile Mandela (Chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council)WHEN: 6.00pm (for a 6.30pm start), Tuesday 29th July 2008WHERE: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSWRSVP essential: or (02) 9385 6982

Media are welcome to attend the lecture.

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