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  • Thembu tribe prepares the final farewell for Nelson Mandela

    December 14, 2013 1:19 PM 7

    As part of preparations, Nelson Mandela's casket was moved to a military hospital ahead of Sunday's funeral in Qunu, where he grew up. Hundreds tried to move past police to pay their last respects. Via The Foreign Bureau. (Photo: AP) THE kings and chiefs of the Thembu tribe are preparing to tell their ancestors to make room for a new arrival in their

  • Cosatu pays respect to Madiba

    December 14, 2013 7:50 AM 19

    December 14 2013 at 08:06am By Sapa Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela never "sold out", a Congress of SA Trade Unions representative said at a special ceremony to pay tribute to Mandela at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Saturday morning. Cosatu deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told those present Mandela was the first

  • Sri Lanka President and First Lady attend Kenya's 50th Independence Day Celebrations

    December 13, 2013 10:38 PM 8

    Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa have joined the Kenya’s golden jubilee independence ceremony on the outskirts of the Capital City, Nairobi on 12 December. The President and the First Lady were warmly received by the Government of Kenya when they arrived at the Moi International Sports Complex (MISC) for the celebrations

  • Mandela funeral plan 100%

    December 13, 2013 3:43 PM 90

    Johannesburg - The international presence expected at Nelson Mandela's state funeral in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday is somewhat watered down from the dignitaries who attended his memorial service in Johannesburg on Tuesday. "The state funeral... is expected to be attended by several heads of state and government, former heads of state, eminent

  • South Africa | IOL News |

    December 13, 2013 1:03 PM 13

    Johannesburg - An academic hospital in Mthatha has been handed over to the SANDF to treat the visiting heads of states as the biggest security exercise the country has seen gets going. On Tuesday morning, more than 70 heads of state and tens of thousands of ordinary mourners will attend the massive national memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium

  • Qunu: The village where Mandela grew up

    December 13, 2013 12:01 PM 17

    The Nelson Mandela Museum opened in 1990. There are two main sites, the Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre in Qunu, and the Bhunga Building in Mthatha, the main town in Eastern Cape. Mr Mandela insisted the museum should not just be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision. Mourners lit a flame in honour

  • Capacity reached at Union Buildings

    December 13, 2013 11:12 AM 14

    Eyewitness News | Today, 13:08 PRETORIA – Almost 100,000 people are now standing in queues to view Nelson Mandela as he lies in state at the Union Buildings for the third and final day. Government says it won't be extending the viewing hours and says it's physically impossible for more people to be transported to the Union Buildings. Spokesperson Sputnik

  • ‘Thamsanqa is not an interpreter’

    December 13, 2013 7:29 AM 10

    December 15 2013 at 05:08pm The bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was employed by a company owned by the ANC’s religious and traditional affairs desk head Bantubahle Xozwa, the Sunday Times reported. Xozwa told the paper that Thamsanqa Jantjie was employed as an administrator and facilitator in his company, South African

  • South Africans queue for last view of Mandela

    December 13, 2013 7:19 AM 7

    PRETORIA: South Africans queued Friday for a final chance to say a personal farewell to Nelson Mandela, with some camping overnight for his last day of lying in state. Friday was the last of three public viewing days, before Mandela's casket is removed and transported to his boyhood home of Qunu in Eastern Cape province for burial on Sunday. Tens of thousands

  • Mob hunts down Muslims in Central African Republic

    December 12, 2013 4:59 PM 15

    BANGUI -- African peacekeepers fired into the air Thursday in Central African Republic's chaotic capital, trying to disperse a mob bent on hunting down and killing Muslims taking refuge in a church compound. The unrest in Bangui underscored the rage and uncertainty that remains in the capital of the Central African Republic, despite the arrival of 1,600 French