Sunday, 18 July 2010

South Africa celebrates: Nelson Mandela turns 92

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela turns 92 today. Mandela, in South Africa better known as Madiba, released a statement asking people around the world to spend at least 67 minutes doing something useful in their community today, especially for the less fortunate.

In South Africa, and around the world, Madiba has become a symbol of equality, forgiveness and humanity.

The life and times of Madiba

1918: Born in Eastern Cape
1964: Charged with treason and sentenced to life
1990: Freed from prison
1993: Wins Nobel Peace Prize

1994: Elected the first black president of South Africa
1999: Steps down as president
2001: Diagnosed with prostate cancer
2004: Retires from public life
2005: Announces his son has died of an HIV/Aids-related illness
2010: Turns 92

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