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“Tomorrow, people should all be honouring their relationship with Madiba. If it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, I would like to see that. That is what Nelson Mandela was and actually is – bringing people together despite their differences.” Madiba’s former personal assistant Zelda la Grange, speaking ahead of today’s memorial service which will reunite old friends and old foes alike.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
At a meeting in Washington, Israel, Jordan and Palestine signed a deal to make more water available to all three countries and revive the shrinking Dead Sea. Under the terms of the deal, described as a “milestone regional cooperation agreement” by the World Bank, water will be diverted from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, and Jordan will set-up a desalinisation plant to produce and distribute drinking water across the region.
South Africa will come to a standstill as the nation and the world pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at his memorial service at the FNB stadium. The service begins at 11am, and will be televised pretty much everywhere. Cyril Ramaphosa and Baleka Mbete will host proceedings, and speakers include Ban Ki-moon, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Barack Obama and four of Mandela’s grandchildren. President Jacob Zuma will deliver the keynote address. As of yesterday, 91 heads of state had confirmed their attendance, as well as 10 former heads of state. More importantly, around 90,000 South Africans will gather in the stadium to pay their respects (entrance is on a first-come-first-serve basis, and no accreditation is required), and millions more in viewing areas near the stadium and across the country.
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Nelson Mandela was also a great politician – not just the great reconciler
Since Nelson Mandela’s passing last week, the electronic and print media, the public speeches and the public rhetoric have been full to overflowing with encomiums about his success as an unparalleled national reconciler - almost as if he had just been a kind of secular Mother Theresa in trousers. But Nelson Mandela clearly was a man - and a politician - of many parts and many important complexities. J. BROOKS SPECTOR steps back to take the first effort for a more contemplative look at Mandela’s political magic - in comparison with other great leaders.
Mandela: Parliament gives a fitting goodbye
If only Parliament could be more like it was on Monday, every week: alive with members of the public thronging the walkways and queueing to take their place in the public gallery. They were there to place roses before to a flame of remembrance; to write messages on a commemorative wall; but most of all, to hear politicians from across the spectrum pay tribute to a man who changed South African politics forever. By REBECCA DAVIS.
Nelson Mandela: The evolution of a freedom fighter
"I was not born with a hunger to be free,” Nelson Mandela writes in his autobiography. He immediately explains, “I was born free - free in every way that I could know. Free to run in the fields near my mother’s hut, free to swim in the clear stream that ran through my village, free to roast mealies under the stars and ride the broad backs of slow-moving bulls. As long as I obeyed my father and abided by the customs of my tribe, I was not troubled by the laws of man or God.” By RAYMOND SUTTNER.
IVO VEGTER: My old South African flag
I have a secret. Since 1994, I have kept, hidden in the back of my closet, a tattered old orange-white-and-blue South African flag. This is the story of that flag. It is also the story of my life. And a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
RYLAND FISHER: Tolerance: the lesson of Madiba’s life
The rain poured down unexpectedly and heavily in the city centre of Cape Town yesterday morning, on a day which the weather forecasters said would be sunny with temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees centigrade. It was probably, I thought (and I am not religious at all), the gods crying for Nelson Mandela.
MARELISE VAN DER MERWE: Letter to my son: Let me cry for Madiba
Mandela gave me my family. We are a strange, misfitted, motley crew, but we are family. And so, with a heaviness of heart bound to invite a little eye-rolling from that family, I pay tribute to the man who gave them to me, and try to explain why we have all, in some way, lost our father.
MARIANNE THAMM: The baobab will dwarf the bonsai
There was no doubt about the sincerity of his sadness and grief as President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Nelson Mandela to the nation on Thursday night with the words, “fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed”.
LANCE CLAASEN: The day I forgave Mandela
When Nelson Mandela walked to freedom on 11 February 1990, I was 16 years old and part of an increasingly politically aware generation - filled with a just anger at the injustices that was being perpetrated against us by an unjust state.
The firing of Cape Times editor: A sign of things to come?
As most of the country and the world have stopped business as usual to remember Nelson Mandela, it would appear that at Independent Newspapers the bloodletting might be beginning. On Sunday it was reported that the editor of the Cape Times, Alide Dasnois, had been fired two days earlier. Immediately it was claimed this was because of a story she ran about one of the group chairman's companies, who denied it. If it is true that Iqbal Survé is interfering, Independent Newspapers and their journalists could be facing a very uncertain future. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Elegy for a bassist: What, and who, are we remembering when we say goodbye?
On the Sunday following Nelson Mandela’s death, RICHARD POPLAK attended a memorial service for a well regarded South African musician. It was the South African moment in miniature.
Five talking points: 2nd Ashes Test, Adelaide
Australia are 2-0 up in the five-match Ashes series after giving England a walloping, again. The Aussies won the second Test by 218 runs with contributions with the bat from almost everyone in the team and Mitchell Johnson once again doing damage with the ball. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points from the match.
Premier League naphand: five talking points, week 15
Arsenal remain at the top of the table and now sit five points clear, but with fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea to come before Christmas, they'll probably be disappointed to have dropped points against Everton. Even more so with both Manchester City and Chelsea dropping points over a match day weekend that had yet another “wow” factor. ANTOINETTE MULLER picks five talking points.
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