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22 monuments for 22 years of freedom

There are a significant number of monuments to peace and freedom scattered across South Africa – not surprising given its long history of struggle against oppression. With April marking the 22nd anniversary of South Africa’s freedom, we will showcase 22 monuments that pay homage to those who made this country great.

Government statement on funeral and memorial service for Collins Chabane

The official funeral of Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane, who died tragically in a car accident last weekend, will be held on Saturday 21 March at 9am in Limpopo. A memorial service will be held this Thursday in Pretoria.

Chris van Wyk: the storyteller of Riverlea

Chris van Wyk will be missed by many: by his friends and neighbours where he grew to manhood, by the many schoolchildren enchanted by his tales, and by South Africa, for this man of many words opened our eyes to the experiences of our neighbours, and in so doing wrote all of our stories.

Nelson Mandela’s life on the run, captured

At a secret meeting with Albert Luthuli in Durban, a young Nelson Mandela spoke about switching to an armed struggle to end apartheid. On the way to Johannesburg – back home – Mandela was arrested in the Midlands. His "freedom" was finally over. The Capture Site is now an extraordinary place to visit.

Experts unpack meaning of human rights memorial

An African Union Human Rights Memorial is mooted for the AU's headquarters, on the site of the notorious Alem Bekagn prison in Addis Ababa. It will serve as a symbol of the collective commitment of African citizens and states to renounce complicity or indifference in the face of threats to fundamental human rights anywhere in Africa, according to delegates at a dialogue in Joburg.

Isandlwana is a memorial to the tragedy of war

Zulu warriors inflicted the first defeat by a tribal army on a British force at Isandlwana 135 years ago. In return, the British unleashed their fury in the Anglo-Zulu War. It ended with subjugation and, eventually, the destruction of the Zulu Kingdom's economy and society.

The Elders bid dignified farewell to their leader

In 2007, Nelson Mandela inaugurated The Elders, a group of wise statesmen and women, who use their experience and wisdom to improve the world and resolve seemingly intractable conflict. They travelled to South Africa to say good bye to their founding father.

Gallery: Nelson Mandela memorial

Graça Machel, Barack Obama, Jacob Zuma, Desmond Tutu, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela ... and thousands of grieving South Africans. View a gallery of images from the memorial service for Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium on 10 December 2013.

Full text: Barack Obama’s speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial

US President Barack Obama gave a poignant speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in the FNB Stadium on Tuesday 10 December, with echoes of Martin Luther King’s famous freedom speech. He said that Mandela had “a great soul”, and that the world would miss him deeply.

‘He was not a bust made of marble – he was a man of...

Watch video of US President Barack Obama's stirring tribute to Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December, at a memorial service attended by over 90 heads of state and government and, despite the pouring rain, tens of thousands of ordinary South Africans.


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