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Mandela Day – the remaking of South Africa.

By iancochrane, published on Jul 14, 2013

I’m back in Johannesburg for an extended African stay, after an absence of over 35 years. There's no immigration paperwork, and I'm simply issued a visa at the airport. From Perth it's been an 11hr flight, across the Indian Ocean, skirting Mauritius and Mozambique.

The city is waking to another sky of azure blue, the signature of a high veldt winter. But there are looming clouds: the uncertain health of the elder statesman Nelson Mandela, a remarkable man having once inspired a young Barack Obama to urge his college board of trustees to divest South African investments as a protest against... (more)

Tags: human rights, racism, south africa, nelson mandela, apartheid, johannesburg, robben island, anc

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