File image from June 2008   of (foreground, left to right) Dublin’s then deputy lord mayor Anne Carter, Dr Kader Asmal and former Dunnes worker Mary Manning, kneeling next to a plaque commemorating a group of supermarket workers who staged a two-and-a-half year anti-apartheid strike in the 1980s, as it was unveiled in central Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The 20th century began, it has been said, when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. If that is true, then I was privileged to spend the 20(...)

South African president Nelson Mandela exchanges a handshake with deputy president F.W. de Klerk after their inauguration in Pretoria, May 9th, 1994.Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.
Nelson Mandela: A timeline
  • Africa
  • December 5, 2013, 23:29

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Here are some of the major events in his life.July 18, 1918: Born to Hendry M(...)

Nelson Rolihlala Mandela was arguably the most respected statesman the world has seen since the end of the second World War. His dignity, his determin(...)

South Africans have gathered outside the house of  Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg to sign a board of condolence. Photograph: EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

The South African president has announced plans for the State funeral of former president Nelson Mandela who died in his Johannesburg home last night (...)

South African president Jacob Zuma: upgrade costing about €15 million undertaken at rural home. Photograph: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

An independent investigation into the security upgrades undertaken at South African president Jacob Zuma’s rural home has provisionally found he recei(...)

Emergency workers search for survivors after a building collapsed in Tongaat, north of Durban yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Rescue workers called off the search for survivors at a collapsed South African building site today, believing there are no more trapped construction (...)

Emergency workers search for survivors after a building collapsed in Tongaat, north of Durban, yesterday. Photograph: Rogan Ward/Reuters

At least one person was killed and dozens were feared trapped under rubble yesterday after a soccer pitch-sized section of a shopping mall under const(...)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has been released from hospital. File photograh: Johnathan Evans/Reuters

Anti-apartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela returned to his home today where he will continue to receive intensive care a(...)

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Boys play soccer in Marikana’s Nkaneng township in front of the Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg. It is a  year today since 34 workers striking at the mine were shot dead by police. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters.

South Africa’s government and ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said they were staying away from an event marking the first anniversay of(...)

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