1. Start an exclusive shirt line
The Presidential Shirt, also known as the Madiba Shirt, became a part of Mandela’s signature style when Desré Buirski, a then-struggling fashion designer, presented the former president with a shirt during a visit to Cape Town in 1994. Mandela then requested Buirski to tailor more shirts for him, catapulting her unique printed shirts to widespread popularity. Today, Buirski’s shirt forms a part of a larger Presidential men and women’s clothing range.
2. Slap the Mandela name on to your elite wine label
If it’s a taste of a powerful legacy you want, take a swig of a House of Mandela wine. Founded by Mandela’s daughter Maki and granddaughter Tukwini, the range includes a Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage and a Sparkling varietal. History can now be savoured in one sip.
3. Turn a prison number into a worldwide awareness campaign
Mandela’s log-standing awareness campaign on the spread of AIDS in South Africa took a global step when music artists such as Bono from U2 and Bob Geldof became headline acts of the 46664 AIDS charity concert in South Africa in the early 2000s. This sparked more 46664 concerts in Spain, Norway and London. Artists such as Beyoncé, Annie Lennox and the Soweto Gospel Choir have since been a part of the AIDS awareness concerts. The 46664 bangles were also introduced to generate funds to go towards the HIV and AIDS cause, but have also become an in-trend statement for many. A 46664 Fashion brand also exists, and money generated from the sales go towards the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
4. Start a reality show
Your life has a high chance of being endlessly interesting to common folk, particularly if your surname is “Mandela”. Following their grandfather’s legacy in the public eye – albeit for a different purpose – Mandela’s granddaughters Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini decided to star in their own reality show aptly called “Being Mandela”. The two are also daughters of Zenani Mandela, the daughter of Mandela’s former wife Winnie. The reality show, as expected, was a flop, and many accused the siblings of exploiting the Mandela name.
5. Manufacture some “Randelas” and collectible coins
Anyone can carry a piece of Mandela in their pocket since the introduction of new banks notes sporting the great man’s visage in 2012. A number of Mandela commemorative coins have since been made, with some being sold for up to R150, 000. This includes a rare 90th birthday R5 Mandela coin which sold for roughly R100, 000.
Sources: Presidential brand, SA Coin, Heritage Link Brands, 46664 Bangles, Nelson Mandela Foundation