President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 New Year message

President Jacob ZumaFellow South Africans,

The year 2013 has come to an end.

It has been a momentous year, filled with both successes and challenges, as we continued to work together to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

We will tomorrow, on 1 January, begin an important year, during which the country will celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy and the successes we have scored.

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How Madiba influenced the arts

Nelson Mandela-GoneBLANTYRE(MaraPost)–There could hardly be any other contemporary icon from the arts to politics that every author, sculptor, film producer or musician wants to do something about than Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died aged 95 on December 5 in the leafy Houghton suburb of Johannesburg and is scheduled to be interred in his homeland on Qunu in the Eastern Cape Sunday.

There have been tens of books about Mandela, some written by the icon himself, several films and lots of music. Even in death there has already been fodder of material worth more books.

A few days after his death the American revolutionary poet Maya Angelou wrote and recited a poem in honour of Nelson Mandela whom she met in the 1960s when she lived in Cairo.

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Malawi Pres. Joyce Banda’s eulogy at Mandela’s burial in Qunu

Joyce Banda

 

I stand before you today to join you, the people of South Africa, and the world, to mourn the loss of a great leader: Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela.

I join you, the people of this rainbow nation, to celebrate a life of one of Africa’s unique leaders who gallantly fought for freedom and peace for this great country and the world.

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