Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

Africa, International


Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel


Nelson Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela

Nelson Mandela


elson Rolihlahla Mandela, the first democratic president of South Africa, has died. Mandela, who was 95-years-old, passed away in his sleep in his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. Members of his closest family were at his bedside.

During the next two weeks, SABC Radio and Television News will keep you abreast of developments as the nation (and the world) mourns the death of an icon.

The SABC is in the process of deploying news teams to key points throughout South Africa and beyond to bring you the story of a nation trying to come to terms with the passing away of Nelson Mandela.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death of Madiba on SABC TV just after midnight. The presidency is expected to release details of the official announcement shortly.

All flags will be lowered to half-mast and remain that way until after the burial ceremony about ten days from now.

Nelson Mandela’s epitaph may very well be the words that he has spoken at the funeral of his life-long friend, Walter Sisulu, on May 2003.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Live coverage of all events that will be taking place during the next two weeks will be broadcast by the SABC and it will be recorded on

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