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  • Cape Town: a city ‘united in its grief’

    09 December 2013 11:01 AM 35

    December 9 2013 at 10:16am By Anél Lewis Cape Town - A huge R72 million has been allocated by the City of Cape Town for its week-long programme of events honouring Nelson Mandela. The city will also spend almost R1m providing free public transport to the thousands of mourners wanting to gather at the city hall, central business district and other places

  • Madiba's last photoshoot

    09 December 2013 10:54 AM 22

    JOHANNESBURG – Footage from one of the last photo shoots of former president Nelson Mandela has been released. The global icon died peacefully at his Houghton home in northern Johannesburg on 5 December at the age of 95. Shortly before he retreated from public life in 2011, Madiba participated in renowned photographer Adrian Steirn's 21 Icons project

  • Mandela dedications grow at Houghton home

    09 December 2013 10:06 AM 16

    The number of flowers, placards, candles, messages, and paintings left outside former president Nelson Mandela's home in Houghton, Johannesburg, has increased since the weekend. Flowers and keepsakes placed across the road near the driveway formed an impassable barrier over a metre high. Under the watchful eve of the police, hundreds of people took photos

  • Mandela ‘pressured over Nobel prize’

    09 December 2013 9:55 AM 18

    December 9 2013 at 11:55am By Claudine Renaud Two decades ago in Oslo, Nelson Mandela and South Africa's last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, stood side by side in Oslo and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, a moment that epitomised the reconciliation of enemies. But that powerful gesture of forgiveness on December 10, 1993, might never have happened

  • Madiba left Parliament ‘filled with content’

    09 December 2013 9:48 AM 15

    December 9 2013 at 11:46am By Marianne Merten Cape Town - When President Nelson Mandela bid Parliament farewell on March 26, 1999, he described the national legislature, and its provincial counterparts, as “the instruments that have been fashioned to create a better life for all”. “It is here that oversight of government has been exercised. It is here that our society

  • Madiba's hand in building a united SA Inc

    09 December 2013 9:11 AM 12

    Is it possible to find words to describe Nelson Mandela's contribution to the stability and progress in South Africa's early years of democracy after 1994? In the formative years of our democracy, Madiba's steadfast focus on nation building and the development of pragmatic economic policy was crucial to building investor confidence. Investors put stability

  • Nelson Mandela death: 'Difficult days' for family

    09 December 2013 8:44 AM 20

    Nelson Mandela's family has given a first public statement since his death, describing the difficulty of the past two days and the week ahead. "The pillar of our family is gone," family spokesman Lt Gen Themba Matanzima said, "but in our hearts and souls he will always be with us". A funeral cortege bearing his body is to travel through the streets of Pretoria

  • King steps in over Madiba dogs - report

    09 December 2013 7:32 AM 18

    December 9 2013 at 09:31am By SAPA Johannesburg - Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo stepped in to quell any disagreements among the Mandela family ahead of Nelson Mandela's memorial service, The Times reported on Monday. Dalindyebo visited Mandela's Houghton home two days after Mandela's eldest daughter Makaziwe wrote to her nephew Mandla Mandela

  • Fitness test deaths probe to cost millions

    09 December 2013 7:28 AM 23

    December 8 2013 at 10:29am By SAPA Johannesburg - The commission of inquiry into the deaths of eight applicants for traffic officer jobs is expected to cost about R14.2-million, the Sunday Times reports. “An additional R5.7-million will be required for the commission to complete its work,” Ndabezinhle Sibiya, spokesperson for the KwaZulu-Natal premier's

  • Candle lit at Mandela’s island cell

    09 December 2013 7:25 AM 13

    December 9 2013 at 01:32pm By Sapa Cape Town - The Robben Island Museum has lit a candle at the prison cell where former president Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his imprisonment, it said on Monday. “A candle is placed at cell number five,” museum CEO Sibongiseni Mkhize said in a statement. “In the courtyard where they [the political prisoners] used to break