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April 6, 2014
So Nigeria has now supplanted South Africa as Africa’s largest economy. But I’ve not had light (electricity) for seven days, so it means nothing to me.
A Nigerian social media user • Upon hearing that revised economic figures in the country—a revision 24 years in the making—put the country’s GDP (currently at $510 billion) far ahead of South Africa (currently at $353 billion) and other countries in the African continent. To give you an idea of how long it’s been: During the last GDP check in 1990, 300,000 landlines existed in the country. Now, there are 100 million cell phones. But that GDP level, above developed countries such as Chile, Sweden, and Belgium, belies a tough reality in the country—70 percent of the country’s population still lives in poverty.
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December 5, 2013
Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison rock quarry to the presidential suite of Africa’s richest country. And then, when his first term of office was up, unlike so many of the successful revolutionaries he regarded as kindred spirits, he declined a second term and cheerfully handed over power to an elected successor, the country still gnawed by crime, poverty, corruption and disease but a democracy, respected in the world and remarkably at peace.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95,” The New York Times. It’s a 6,625-word obit, written by iconic NYT journalist Bill Keller, no less.
18:02 // 7 months ago

nbcnews:

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

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Obviously we knew this was a long time coming, sadly. That’s why there’s so much content in this post we’re reblogging. Mandela is a hugely important figure and this world is a far better place for his existence.

(Source: NBCNews.com, via cnbc)

17:19 // 7 months ago
September 1, 2013
I think it is bittersweet – sweet because you think he is well and coming home now, but there is also a bit of bitterness. I am concerned because I think it is not very long now. It is almost like he’s sent home to rest now.
Nelson Mandela’s neighbor, Joel Shapiro • Discussing the health of the former South African leader, who was discharged from the hospital on Sunday. The circumstances around the situation imply that this is an effort to let Mandela serve out his final days at home—with Johannesburg’s City Press putting it like this: “It is now time for Mandela to be moved home to see out his final days – though it is not clear how long that might be.”
11:41 // 10 months ago
August 31, 2013

No, Nelson Mandela didn’t leave the hospital today

  • report South African icon Nelson Mandela, who has been in the hospital since June, was said to have left the hospital Saturday based on reports from some media outlets, including CNN.
  • denial Soon after, these reports were denied, with South African President Jacob Zuma’s government saying this: “Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition. At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions.” Mandela, who is 95, has been suffering from serious health issues for most of the last year, with details on his current status limited. source
10:07 // 10 months ago
June 29, 2013
breakingnews:

Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family
NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.
Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.
Follow the latest on Obama’s trip at Breaking News. 
Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.

breakingnews:

Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family

NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.

Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”

Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.

Follow the latest on Obama’s trip at Breaking News

Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.

10:48 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2013
The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands.
South African President Jacob Zuma • In a statement discussing the health of noted humanitarian figure and former leader Nelson Mandela, who is now said to be in critical condition after taking a turn for the worse in the past day. The news comes two days after a CBS News report surfaced suggesting that public officials weren’t being fully honest about Mandela’s unresponsive condition. Further, the report claimed that when being transferred to the hospital, his ambulance broke down, leaving Mandela stuck on the side of the road for 40 minutes waiting for another ambulance to show up. Mandela, 94, has already lived a full life, recovering from years of imprisonment in his native South Africa to lead his country past the darkness of Apartheid. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
16:01 // 1 year ago