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Nelson Mandela: A giant of a man
Dec 5th, 2013 by Warren Swil

‘Madiba’s’ passing marks

the end of an era

This capture from video was controversial when it first was aired in South Africa in April because it showed the ailing Nelson Mandela, “Madiba,” in less than optimal condition.

OF ALL THE GLOBAL FIGURES of the 20th century, South Africa’s Nelson Mandela stood head and shoulders above the rest.
His passing in Johannesburg will be mourned by the entire world. He turned 95 on July 18.
A giant of a man who suffered almost 30 years of imprisonment for his opposition to Apartheid, Mandela rose from humble origins to become the first democratically elected president of the Rainbow Nation.
I was just 10 years old when he and other leading members of the African National Congress were put on trial in Rivonia, Transvaal.


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Surprise renaissance in one of world’s most violent cities

BBC SAYS JOHANNESBURG UNDERGOING REBIRTH
The first 10 minute segment on BBC Newsnight this weekend was about the surprising rebirth of a city in which I lived for six months in 1974: Johannesburg, South Africa.
This story about one of the most violent cities on earth, however, was truly a surprise.
Riddled with crime, the inner city is apparently undergoing an urban renaissance.
Get In the (K)now … here, now


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U.S. President’s visit not big news in South Africa

OBAMA’S VISIT NOT BIG NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA
News obviously is never predictable. The visit by President Barack Obama to South Africa, normally a front-page story, is being overshadowed in the local press by the condition of the ailing Nelson Mandela, whose health dominates the news in that country. My sister in Johannesburg confirmed that this morning. Find out why here.


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South Africa at a turning point

SOUTH AFRICANS ADAPTING TO A NEW FUTURE
While the rest of the world wishes Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery, South Africans from every walk of life are trying to adjust to a future without their “father.”
Their emotions were expertly captured on the BBC America news program on Tuesday evening.
Mandela has been in intensive care in a Johannesburg hospital for four days. His prognosis is uncertain at best.


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BBC puts spotlight on South Africa

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As the Organisation of African Unity celebrates its 50th anniversary, the BBC has been looking at the continent’s growing prosperity.
South Africa’s economy is the largest and most sophisticated in Africa, but labour unrest and the aftershocks of racial apartheid are slowing its progress.
However, in poor townships like Alexandra there are examples of the economic change, as Andrew Harding reports.


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Nelson Mandela back on front page

Today, after a long absence, the name “Nelson Mandela” is back on the front page of national edition of The New York Times. But this time the context is not quite so flattering.


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