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Nelson Mandela birth anniversary: ‘Mandela phones’ launched for South African children

Johannesburg: To promote anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela’s vision of education for all children through using technology, a series of affordable mobiles and tablets pre-embedded with content on the life and times of the former South African President have been launched in the country on the eve of birth anniversary of South African icon  Nelson Mandela. The project by AG Media in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom Foundation is a Mandela Day initiative as millions of South Africans are preparing to a 67-minute community service tomorrow inRead More

CIA tip-off led to Nelson Mandela arrest in 1962: Report

London: A tip from a CIA spy to authorities in apartheid-era South Africa led to Nelson Mandela’s 1962 arrest, beginning the leader’s 27 years behind bars, an article in the Sunday Times reported. The newspaper cited comments reportedly made by Donald Rickard, a former US vice-consul in Durban and CIA operative, to British film director John Irvin. Irvin’s new film ‘Mandela’s Gun’, about the months before the anti-apartheid icon’s arrest, is due to be screened at the Cannes film festival this week. Mandela was eventually freed from prison in 1990Read More

Nelson Mandela laid to rest

Qunu: South Africa’s first black President Nelson Mandela was on Sunday laid to rest with full state honours in his childhood village after teary-eyed friends and family members bid adieu to the anti-apartheid icon whose courage and freedom struggle turned him into a giant of history. South African military jets and helicopters flew over Mandela’s casket was placed over the grave. South African television showed the casket at the family gravesite, but stopped broadcasting the event before the casket was lowered. The burial brought down the curtain on ten daysRead More

World will honour historic legacy of Nelson Mandela: Pranab

Johannesburg: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India has no doubt that the world will honour the historic legacy of Nelson Mandela who taught the true meaning of forgiveness and reconciliation. Accompanied by a high-level delegation including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj, the President flew in early this morning to join South Africa in paying homage to Madiba, as Mandela was affectionately called. For India, Mukherjee said, the passing away of Mandela represents the departure of the venerated elder, a great soul. “We pray forRead More

Nelson Mandela remains stable but critical

Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela remains “stable but critical” and is responding to treatment, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday after he visited the ailing 95-year-old anti-apartheid icon. He was discharged on September 1 after nearly three months in hospital for a lung infection and is under intensive care at home. The government has refused to give details about his condition, citing the need for privacy, but said “he continues to recover.” South Africa’s presidency said that Zuma had conveyed the well wishes of the leaders who attended a recentRead More

Ban-ki-moon urges people to follow teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the world to be inspired by the courage shown by Mahatma Gandhi. “Today we celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and his resonant legacy of non-violence,” Ban said in a statement. “Gandhi showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression, injustice and hatred. His example has inspired many other history-makers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Vaclav Havel, Rigoberta Menchú Tum and Nelson Mandela,” he said. He said that the UN stood for peaceful resolution of disputes and an endRead More

Nelson Mandela unstable but reselient

Johannesburg: Ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is ‘unstable’ at times but has demonstrated “great resilience” as he remains critical in hospital, South Africa’s presidency said on Saturday. “While at times, his condition becomes unstable, the doctors indicate that the former President has demonstrated great resilience and his condition tends to stabilize as a result of medical interventions,” the presidency said. The 95-year-old former democracy hero was hospitalized in a Pretoria hospital on June 8 with lung infection. Mandela remains in the Pretoria hospital and his condition is still critical butRead More

Nelson Mandela completes 50 days in Hospital

Cape Town: Former South African president Nelson Mandela has completed 50 days of treatment in hospital for a recurring lung infection. “He is responsive and we should take heart from that,” Maharaj said. Mandela was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria on June 8. This is his fourth and longest hospital stay since December last year. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been suffering from a lung infection, the result of tuberculosis developed when he was imprisoned during the apartheid. South African President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela a few daysRead More

South Africa prepares for mandela’s

Johannesburg: South Africa is gearing up to celebrate the 95th birthday of its anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Thursday, even as the revered statesman remains critically ill in a hospital. On Monday, South African President Jacob Zuma put out a statement reminding all South Africans to begin planning for Madiba’s birthday. “We must all be able to do something good for humanity on this day, in tribute to our former President,” he said. Mandela, regarded the founding father of South Africa’s multi-racial democracy, was admitted to a Pretoria hospital onRead More

Nelson Mandela continues to respond positively to treatment

Cape Town: Ailing 94-year-old former South African president Nelson Mandela continues to respond positively to treatment, his wife Graca Michel has said. Her upbeat remarks came after President Jacob Zuma repeatedly said Mandela has been responding to treatment. Zuma gave the updates after visiting Mandela for two consecutive days, Wednesday and Thursday. Mandela has spent over a month at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria after being rushed there with a serious recurring lung infection June 8. Mandela suffered from tuberculosis while in prison for 27 years before the apartheidRead More