Archive: Dec 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela

December 17, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013. Photo by Greg Marinovich As the world grapples with the death of Nelson Mandela, journalists are reflecting on the man and … Read more

Mandela’s Moral Authority

By December 16, 2013

In 1990, an elderly man emerged from 27 years in prison into a country whose future was balanced on a knife-edge and which the world had long believed would not be able to escape the inevitable fate of all oppressive … Read more

Mandela’s Humility

By December 12, 2013

Pippa Green, second from left, was on the platform with Nelson Mandela when he received an honorary degree from Harvard during a special ceremony in September 1998. On the right is Mandela’s wife, … Read more

Lesson from Mandela

By December 11, 2013

Outside Nelson Mandela’s residence in Houghton, Johannesburg. Photo by Nadia Tromp The trumpet cries, fading into nothingness, then strong again, as the crowd heaves and sways to the sounds of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (“Lord Bless Africa”). It … Read more

Covering Mandela: From Imprisonment to Freedom

By December 8, 2013

Nearly 26 years separated my first and second encounter with Nelson Mandela. The first time, the African National Congress leader was in the dock in Pretoria facing a strong chance of being executed for treason. He had already spent a … Read more

Moments with Mandela

By December 8, 2013

I met with Nelson Mandela many times after his release from prison, both as a journalist and a friend, but two occasions stand out as illustrative of what I regard as his most profound human quality: his keen interest in … Read more

Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013

By December 5, 2013

Students at the Melpark Primary School in Johannesburg sing “Happy Birthday” as they celebrate former president Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Photo by Denis Farrell/The Associated Press Nelson Mandela, the first black president of … Read more