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Embassy of South Africa to Hold Mandela Day of Service

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The Embassy of South Africa is organizing a day of service to honor the life of the late Nelson Mandela.

The day of service will be held on Saturday, which would have been the former president’s 96th birthday.

The embassy is asking participants to volunteer for 67 minutes, a minute for each year of Mandela’s public service.

If you are looking for a volunteer project, you can help clean up the street near the Good Hope Marketplace on Alabama Avenue. That project begins at 9 a.m.

Click here to register to volunteer.

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It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” Nelson Mandela

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President Obama’s Address at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

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This is what President Baraka Obama told world leaders in his address at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa.

“There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.” >>> Read More The Guardian >>> Barack Obama’s address at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service – in full

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The stadium where Nelson Mandela’s funeral was held Today. His body will lie in state for the next 3 days and then he will be buried in his small home town of Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa. May he rest in Peace.

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Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95, fully deserved the legendary stature he enjoyed around the world for the last quarter-century of his life.

He was one of the most extraordinary liberation leaders Africa, or any other continent, ever produced. Not only did he lead his people to triumph over the deeply entrenched system of apartheid that enforced racial segregation in every area of South African life; he achieved this victory without the blood bath so many had predicted and feared.

And, as South Africa’s first president elected by the full democratic franchise of all its people, he presided over a landmark Truth and Reconciliation process that finally allowed apartheid’s victims a measure of official recognition and acknowledgment of their suffering.

Mr. Mandela’s enormous strength of character steeled him for his long struggle and ultimate victory over apartheid. Even deeper resources of political wisdom and courage steered him toward the course of constructive reconciliation over destructive vengeance.

Mr. Mandela did not, of course, achieve all of this on his own. The movement he led, the African National Congress, was sustained by lesser-known activists and martyrs, many of whom did not live to see the day of victory they had dreamed of for so long. And the country’s peaceful transition owes a huge debt to the apartheid era’s last white president, F. W. de Klerk, who in 1990 ordered an end to Mr. Mandela’s 27-year imprisonment and negotiated with him and others the terms of the political transition. Three years later, Mr. Mandela and Mr. de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize. >>>Read More New York Times

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OPINION

The world has lost a moral example of selfless leadership, a man of courage, principle and honour.  Humanity is poorer without Nelson Mandela.

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