Tag: Southern Africa

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US envoy was inspired by South African struggle

US Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard is photographed during an interview with a local newspaper in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo) by Christopher TorchiaAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a “young kid” when he first met Nelson Mandela, who traveled to the U.S. a few months after he was released from jail in 1990. Patrick Gaspard, now 46 years old, was so enthralled that he ignored the anti-apartheid leader’s simple request in a municipal chamber in New York City.

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White coup plotters in SAfrica get 5 to 35 years

Accused member of Afrikaner extremist group Boeremag Tom Voster, front, and co-accused Andre du Toit, left, go down to the holding cells after their sentencing at High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) by Carley PeteschAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South Africa court sentenced members of a White extremist group to jail terms ranging from five to 35 years, for high treason, plotting to kill Nelson Mandela and other charges in one of the country’s biggest post-apartheid treason trials.

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Millions worldwide share difficult Mandela vigil

A South African girl holds a poster showing former South African President Nelson Mandela, while her family and other well wishers gather at the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File) by Jesse Washington AP National Writer As Nelson Mandela lingers in a hospital, yet another remarkable moment is helping to seal his legacy: Millions of people around the world, united by respect and gratitude, are preparing for this beloved man to die. The preparations take many forms: Prayers and vigils, pictures and candles, headlines and YouTube videos. All are measurements of his legend, and yet as the 94-year-old Mandela’s hospitalization continues, the anticipation has left many caught in an awkward limbo, sharing on a global scale what is usually a private scenario. There is no one in the world like Mandela — a victim who both governed and forgave his tormentors, a figure so universally admired that his countless honors include both America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Union’s Order of Lenin.

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South Africa: Emotion builds over Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa, July 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File) by Christopher Torchia JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans were torn on Wednesday between the desire not to lose a critically ill Nelson Mandela, who defined the aspirations of so many of his compatriots, and resignation that the beloved former prisoner and president is approaching the end of his life.

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Grandson: Mandela hopefully coming home soon

Grandson Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) by Wandoo Makurdi JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A grandson of Nelson Mandela says hopefully he’ll be headed home soon, as the 94-year-old beloved former president marked two weeks in the hospital Friday. Ndaba Mandela addressed concerns about his grandfather’s health at a Thursday media briefing about a football invitational that will be part of celebrations surrounding Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18.

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South Africa president: Mandela is improving

NELSON MANDELA (AP Photo/File) JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Nelson Mandela’s health is improving but the 94-year-old beloved anti-apartheid hero remains in serious condition, South Africa’s president said Thursday. Jacob Zuma paid a visit to Mandela in a Pretoria hospital, where the former president has been treated for six days, according to a statement released by the presidency.

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‘Africa Day': In Ethiopia, African Union celebrates 50 years

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Jim Young, pool) by Kirubel TadesseADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The African Union on Saturday marked 50 years since the founding of a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict.