The Gift of Giving
Nelson Mandela is known for is fight for equal justice and battle against Apartheid in South Africa. He was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life in prison for his demands for people’s rights and stayed in jail for 27 years. Upon his release in 1990 he continued to give by leading efforts to establish democracy in the country. He was then elected president of South Africa in 1994 and served until 1999.
When Nelson ended his term he and his office returned the BMW 7 Series which was used to transport him, back to BMW. From there, the car was placed in the Franschhoek Motor Museum.
The country of South Africa, as many countries, still has many needs from economic to social to education and BMW South Africa decided to put this honored car to good use. To help with the funding of new librairies for schools through out the country the company will place the car up for auction, and it is estimated by the price of this restored car BMW South Africa will be able to establish a new school library every 6 weeks for a year.
Nelson Mandela provided the ultimate gift of democracy to his country and BMW South Africa found a unique method of continuing his legacy.