Nelson Mandela death: World reaction


People around the world have been reacting to the news that South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, aged 95.

World leaders…

South African President Jacob Zuma announced Nelson Mandela’s death, saying South Africa had lost “its greatest son” and calling on South Africans to conduct themselves with the “dignity and respect” that Mr Mandela personified.


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President Obama on Mandela: “He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages”

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South African Bekker Becomes Billionaire With China Media

Jacobus Petrus “Koos” Bekker became a billionaire earlier this year after transforming Cape Town, South Africa-based Naspers Ltd. (NPN) from a decades-old print business into the world’s largest emerging market media company.

Formed in 1915 as De Nasionale Pers, the company published what became South Africa’s first Afrikaans-language daily newspaper, Die Burger, which went on todefend apartheid rule in commentaries and articles when the segregationist system was put in place, beginning in 1948.

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Naspers Chief Executive Officer Jacobus Petrus “Koos” Bekker is seen with his wife Karen Bekker in July, 2011, in Sun ….. Continue Reading

Steadily improving’ Mandela celebrates 95th birthday

PRETORIA | Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:02am EDT

(Reuters) – Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela is “steadily improving”, South Africa’s government said on Thursday as the former president celebrated his 95th birthday in hospital amid tributes from around the country and the world.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, globally admired as a symbol of struggle against injustice and of racial reconciliation, has been under treatment since June 8 for a recurring lung infection that has led to four hospital stays in the past six months.

“Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria, but his doctors have confirmed that ….. Continue Reading